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Formed: 1991
From: Suffolk, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active


It all began in 1991, the first of an unholy trinity of demos was complete. The young lads knew they had started something dark; something evil; something out of this world. They didn't disappoint with the release of their debut album 'The Principle of Evil Made Flesh' in 1994 on the label Cacophonous. The full length CD was a menagerie of gothic keyboards, metal riffing and Vampyric imagery. In other words the ultimate hammer horror soundtrack.

Drawing from an incredibly infinite list of influences, including the likes of Bathory, Celtic Frost and Diamanda Galas, and also the literary genius of Lord Byron, Sheridan LeFanu, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bram Stoker and Charles Baudelaire, Cradle Of Filth have produced albums of ever increasing quality. Soaring, sonic masterpieces that envelop you and take you away into the darkest depths of the collective Cradle mind. A dreamlike place full of legend, myths and Vampyres.

With 10 years in the past, Cradle Of Filth only have the future to conquer. Their recent concerts have built a fan base they never dreamed of. They truly have withstood the test of time.

Cradle Of Filth Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Cradle Of Filth.


Cradle Of Filth Returns To Total Fucking Darkness

Before Cradle of Filth released its classic debut full-length "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh," the band issued a 3-song demo appropriately titled "Total Fucking Darkness." When the group released this recording in 1992, it incorporated palm-muted guitar licks and hideously low growls. Keyboards added a cinematic touch to the romantic slant Dani Filth gained from reading classic poets such as Wordsworth and Lord Byron. All these variants helped COF stand above a wilting crop of shitty death metal demo bands.

Now 22-years later, Cradle of Filth are set to reissue these raw recordings in the grand merchandising fashion we've come to know the band for. On May 5th, Mordgrimm will Records will release the recordings as a double LP and a double CD. It will also arrive in a very limited edition box set, which is already sold out. Remastered by Tim Turan (Emperor, Thin Lizzy) at Turn Studios, these versions not only sound better but fans will get a chance to hear previously unreleased tracks.

Mordgrimm owner, Frater Nihil not only appeared on these recordings, he was responsible for releasing COF's first two studio recordings. Dani and his band mates left Nihil's former label, Cacophonous Records nearly twenty years ago, and let's just say it was not an amicable departure. As filth tells us, though, time heals wounds, as Nihil and Filth, plus Paul Ryan have once again connected to bring their fans this multi-media experience. Conducted fittingly on the day of the witches Sabbath, Walpurgisnacht, Dani Filth talks about the original recording session and how this new, remastered version has moved out of the darkness (total fucking) and into the light. More...

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Dani Filth Chats About North American Tour

Update: the North American tour discussed below has since been cancelled due to immigration issues with the band trying to enter the U.S. Check out the statement from the band right here.

The Filth is about to hit the road again, gearing up to devastate North American audiences with The Faceless, Decapitated, and The Agonist later this month (check out a list of tour dates at this location).

The British metal icons will be touring in support of "The Manticore and Other Horrors" (reviewed here), released last year, although front man Dani Filth confirmed to us the set list will include many cuts off previous albums.

In a recent chat with Dani, he discussed the varied nature of this tour's lineup, the band's recent trend in releasing albums every two years, his long delayed side project Temple of the Black Moon, and what's happening in the realm of horror movies. Read on to find a full transcription of the interview. More...

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Dani Filth On New Releases, Past Members, And More

Following the latest full-length "Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa," the infamous British act Cradle of Filth has dropped a special release for fans titled "Evermore Darkly" (reviewed here) to hold over the Gothic metal hungry masses until the next studio album.

Spending some time at home recharging after a run of tour dates, iconic front man Dani Filth got in touch with Metalunderground.com to chat about the recent "Evermore Darkly" EP, an upcoming entirely orchestral release titled "Midnight in the Labyrinth," and the progress of writing an entirely new album.

Below you can find our full conversation, which also dipped into musings about writing film scores, the band's surprising techno remix of "Forgive Me Father," and the double-edged sword of the "Jesus is a Cunt!" t-shirt. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Talks New Album

When a band so focused on occult concepts and sexual deviancy has already done a serial killer concept album, where's there to go next? Lilith of course, infamous sorceress and first wife of Adam. Cradle of Filth's latest symphonic metal album "Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa" puts the legendary character at the center of the music, surrounded by some of the fastest and heaviest sounds heard from the band in years. Cradle of Filth's guitarist Paul Allender recently spoke with Metalunderground.com about the recording of the album, the story behind the music, and the band's upcoming orchestral release "Midnight in the Labyrinth." More...

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Interview With Cradle Of Filth

When the Headbanger's Ball Tour hit the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC this past Wednesday (December 1), my friend Jen and I got the chance to speak with Cradle of Filth bassist Dave Pybus for about half an hour. We brought our friend Simon along because he's British, just like Cradle of Filth. Sarah, who does backup vocals for the band, was also in the room backstage but she was busy working on the laptop. More...

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