Hence, they are hated by "real" black metal fans because they do things like having a laugh, instead of being "credible" and burning down churches in sweden or something
(implodes under weight of own pseud-ness)
It is my opinion they are gothic metal. However, it is also my opinion that people should not judge and artist based on their popularity/genre and just enjoy the music.
Me: Cradle of Filth is in not black metal.
Stupid Noob: Sure they r. They have teh satan lyrics and stuffz.
Me: No. Don't be satanic because you think it's cool.
Non-retarded person: ... *slap*