I got into Cradle when I was around 13 when my friend bought in Nymphetamine on his walkman.
From this day, Dusk and Her Embrace has always been the best album until Godspeed on The Devil's Thunder which is exactly as good but with a few more standout tracks. The first Cradle album I bought was Live Bait for The Dead and that CD made me want to see them live so I did in 2005 on the "Dreaming of A Shite Christmas" tour which really made me a cradle fanatic.
That's my two cents
my first song and video from cradle was babylon AD. i get in loved with them so i bought Love craft and Witchhearts.... that was my first album... but i say Damnation And a Day got me into cradle!!!!!!!
I heard temptation in hbball, and i never heard the "classical cradle". so i was in a store and i watched damnation and a day in the corner, for 3,44 euros. Super cheap. i bought it, even not knowing what it was. it is excused to say that "the promise of fever" blew me away, a guy that just listened to metallica and linkin park.I still like metallica, lpark not so much, but i must thank cradle because they introduced me to black metal, even thou they are not black metal. So i can say that damnation and a day was the album that brought me to cradle and to darker music.
Before I ever really knew who Cradle was, I didnt listen to them, and only heard a few songs that werent that great so I didnt take any interest. But after I heard Nymphetamine, I got hooked. Now I love ever Cradle song, and album.
I was a complete CoF poseur until last year. I bought their "Possession is Nine Tenths of the Lord" t-shirt in New Orleans seven years ago, after much deliberation. They had so damn many badass shirts at The Dark Entry, I thought "this band must be AWESOME, why haven't I heard of them?" - and having bought the shirt, I wore it around, but never bothered to go looking for any of their CDs. I bought some more shirts. I ordered CoF posters from guitar magazines. I ordered CoF flags from the web to use as curtains in my home studio. But I had never listened to them.
A couple years ago, I bought a Zune, subscribed to the Zune Pass, and eventually got around to looking for Cradle on the marketplace. I downloaded their entire catalog, and started with "Cruelty and the Beast". I was impressed, but not terribly so... "Venus in Fear" was enough to keep me listening here and there, I checked out "Midian" and "Lovecraft and Witch Hearts" and "Nymphetamine", but just never really clicked with them... it wasn't until "Thornography" that I became an honest-to-God fan. "Foetus of a New Day Kicking" was an awesome video, and once I downloaded the full album, I fell absolutely in love with "Cemetery and Sundown". Once I managed to get tired of that one, I became similarly obsessive about "The Byronic Man".
"Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder" is an even better album. Where "Thornography" carries about five great songs ("I Am the Thorn" and "Lovesick for Mina" added to the three mentioned above), "Godspeed" carries over a dozen. So I'm waiting with great anticipation for them to hit the Showbox in Seattle next February. (Along with Satyricon, another now-awesome band who didn't start that way.)