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‘Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids’ (and irony) – The covert social satire of Cradle of Filth

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Cradle of Filth has certainly received considerable commercial and critical success, but one area neglected by commentators is the essentially satirical and ironic tone underpinning their work. Indeed, there are obvious parallels between the band’s music, lyrics and public image and elements of extreme satire, from the Roman period, with its combination of physical disgust and horror, to the studied brutality of modern British satirical cartoons. The conclusion is that the band is both more subversive and politically aware than may have been realized by many, including its fans.
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Keywords: Cradle of Filth; cartoons; horror; satire, humour; transgression

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Southampton Solent University

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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