Cradle of Filth – Live Bait for the Dead

Live Bait for the Dead is a live album by Cradle of Filth, recorded at Nottingham Rock City on April 14, 2001. The same gig is included on the DVD Heavy, Left-Handed and Candid. Following the same format as Lovecraft and Witch Hearts, the main album is supplemented by a second disc of rare tracks and remixes. Is this live album any good? And how about that second disc with rare material and remixes? Allow me to explain.

This album was recorded during the Midian Tour and the band was in top form during that tour, and it really shows. The tracklist won’t disappoint either with almost all of their best songs. I would have loved to see tracks like Beneath The Howling Stars and Born In A Burial Gown, but that’s the usual thing with live releases, you will always have a few songs that you would have loved to hear. Overall, the tracklist is very solid with killer tracks such as Cthulhu Dawn, Dusk and Her Embrace and The Principle of Evil Made Flesh ( !!!! ), just to name a few. However, the band decided to cut out the freakishly cool bass section in “The Principle of Evil Made Flesh”, which is a pity since that kicked ass on the studio version. They could / should have removed the Creatures That Kissed In Cold Mirrors + Satanic Mantra interludes of this album, but that’s not that big of a deal.

Another cool thing is Dani’s humour throughout this album. Dani’s side talk in between songs is very amusing and I found myself laughing more than once ( that comment about the band during the introduction of From the Cradle to Enslave is pure gold! ). Speaking of which, Dani is amazing on this album! Dani’s dark immortal screams were still intact during this tour and his grunts are as terrifying as ever. Dani will occasionally fuck up some words of the lyrics, but that can be forgiven, given the huge amounts of intricate lyrics that he has to sing.

And I didn’t even mention the fantastic production! The music sounds really clear as if you were right there at the show. Well, what’s left? Oh yeah, the second disc! The second disc is filled with rare tracks and remixes ( just as with Lovecraft and Witch Hearts ). Highlights on this second disc include an improved remix of “Born In A Burial Gown” and the “Scorched Earth Erotica” demo(n) version. There are some totally unnecessary techno remixes which are obviously fillers. The rest of the disc is pretty amusing as well. The second disc also includes some extra stuff for your computer like the video for “No Time To Cry” , a screensaver and some wallpapers.

Conclusion – This is a very solid release and will amuse every fan. The first disc is definitely the best, it has a few minor flaws, but the show is excellent. The second disc is pretty nice as well. This is a must have for Cradle fans, and other metal fans should give it a shot as well.

Rating – 87/100

Review by JustinMetal88

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~ by Justin on June 3, 2008.

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