Here's the way I see it.
Cradle of Filth are british (well, not all the members but COF was formed in britain and Dani is british and most of the origional members were british so they are british).
And British metal bands like to do things slightly differently than American metal bands. Take Iron Maiden for example, they were around the same time as Metallica, they are both Heavy Metal bands and yet sound very different.
Cradle Of Filth are a British version of Death / Black Metal. Their music and themselves has all the qualities a black / death metal band needs to to be picky why don't we called them BBM / BDM (british black / death metal).
Anyway, I think COF are an amazing band, just discovered them 6 months ago and allready I am well into their music. I started by listening to songs like: Presents From The Poison Hearted, Her Ghost In The Fog, Saffron's Curse and Cruelty Bought Thee Orchids.
I recommend COF to anyone who is into gothic type music and lyrics, someone who into bands from HIM to Slipknot could like COF. Hell! I am into many different bands and still like COF, amoungst my CD collection is: iron maiden, white / rob zombie, marilyn manson, HIM, slipkot, s.o.a.d, disturbed, murderdolls.
so this just shows that wotever type of metal you're into there's always a place for Cradle Of Filth in your collection who are currently at the top of my CD pile :)
Nymphetamine is coming this September ! ! ! that's just 2 months ! ! !