Cradle of Filth don't get a lot of respect in the black metal scene, due to their relative popularity and the fact that they are from the U.K., not Norway. Also, lead vocalist Dani Filth is sort of a silly happy little goth gremlin and is difficult to take seriously. However, I enjoy their work because it is loud, fast, and melodramatic in the extreme. They make use of synth and string sounds, breathy female vocals and long, convoluted lyrics which are usually unintelligable through Dani's high-pitched, lightening-fast delivery but are interesting as poems on their own.