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

Background

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.

Latest Cradle Of Filth News

Below is our complete Cradle Of Filth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Wacken Open Air Live Streams Available

Metal will descend upon Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for the annual mecca of all festivals. 80,000 are expected at the long sold out event, which features - among many - the return of Savatage and Running Wild to the live stage.

Once again, select acts will be streaming live from the internet and German TV (also through the net) via ARTE concert at this location and 3sat at this location.

As usual, the schedule is subject to change, but as of press time the following acts will be broadcast (all times CET so deduct 6 hours for EST and so on):

VIA ARTE Concert:

July 30th:

17h45 - In Extremo
19h20 - Grailknights
20h10 - Mambo Kurt
21h00 - New Model Army
22h10 - Uli Jon Roth

July 31st:

15h30 - At The Gates
16h45 - Queensryche
18h00 - Opeth
19h30 - Dream Theater
21h00 - tba
22h30 - In Flames
00h00 - Running Wild
01h45 - The BossHoss

August 1st:

14h30 - Amorphis
16h00 - Danko Jones
17h30 - Rock Meets Classic
18h55 - Dream Theater
20h15 - tba
21h15 - The BossHoss
22h00 - Sabaton
23h30 - In Flames
00h15 - Cradle of Filth
01h45 - Subway to Sally More...

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Dani Filth Talks New Album's Title, Recording

Cradle of Filth's latest caliginous creation, "Hammer of the Witches," is set for release this Friday, July 10th via Nuclear Blast.

In the final trailer detailing the making of the new album, a face painted Dani Filth discusses the album's title and how it was recorded with Scott Atkins. Check it out below, and you can still catch the previous video discussing the album's artwork right here.

"Hammer of the Witches" was brought to fruition in Britain's Witch County in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios.

The album's title is named after the "Malleus Maleficarum," a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches - but Cradle of Filth's title version is more retributory: It's the "Hammer of the Witches;" the hammer is in the witches' hands and it's payback time.

Pre-orders are up here and the track listing is as follows:

01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally...
03. Enshrined in Crematoria
04. Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess
05. Blackest Magick in Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning the Coven)
07. Hammer of the Witches
08. Right Wing of the Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre at My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding the Hounds of Hell
Bonus Tracks:
12. King of the Woods
13. Misericord More...

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Cradle Of Filth Streams "Enshrined In Crematoria"

After painfully deflowering your maidenhead last week, today Cradle Of Filth arrives again today to once again wield the "Hammer of the Witches" against metal fans. Check out the track "Enshrined In Crematoria" below.

New album "Hammer of the Witches" is due to drop on July 10th via Nuclear Blast. Frontman Dani Filth also elaborated on the newly unleashed track:

"Lyrically the track 'Enshrined in Crematoria' is hilted in the legendary Ark Of The Tragedian, the poet's Holy Grail. It is the author's inspiration personified as a tombed angel, much like that of Poe's pale obsession, and the magickal 'midnight' ritual wherein she is conjured forth as a reincarnation of his lost love, to provide forbidden artistic sustenance. It is imagination's utter peak and fuel for a literal literary madman. 'Enshrined in Crematoria' is at essence the first of guitarist Richard Shaw's contributions to the new album, before the full band took it by the teeth and spat it into light." More...

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Cradle Of Filth Deflowers Your Maidenhead

The barbarous hellhounds from Cradle of Filth will release forthcoming album, "Hammer of the Witches," on July 10th via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band has released a new lyric video, "Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess," which can be seen below. Frontman Dani Filth commented on the track:

"'Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess' is based on the ancient belief of the world personified as Mother Goddess, concerning itself with her self-preservative measures when assailed by her final abuse by the human race. Violated, poisoned and unknowingly left for dead, Gaia's is a pre-emptive, violent and justified retribution; without tears for creed or culture. Nature versus Mankind. A total renewal of species. The song spirals onward at a frenetic, apocalyptic pace to climax and was originally one of guitarist Ashok's contributions to the album, along with 'The Vampyre at My Side.'"

The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally...
03. Enshrined in Crematoria
04. Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess
05. Blackest Magick in Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning the Coven)
07. Hammer of the Witches
08. Right Wing of the Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre at My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding the Hounds of Hell

Bonus Tracks:
12. King of the Woods
13. Misericord More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Art Video

Cradle of Filth will release forthcoming album "Hammer of the Witches" on July 10th via Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the release, the band's verbose mouthpiece of Hell, Dani Filth, tells us a bit more about the album artwork in a new teaser video available below.

The artwork was created by Arthur Berzinsh who is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art.

"Hammer of the Witches" was brought to fruition in Britain's Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. The album's title is named after the Malleus Maleficarum, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches - but Cradle of Filth's title version is more retributory: It's the Hammer of the Witches; the hammer is in the witches' hands and it's payback time. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Trailer Clip For New Album

U.K. symphonic extreme act Cradle of Filth released the first in a series of trailers for the new album "Hammer of the Witches" (expected July 10th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records). In the clip below, Dani and his filthy cohorts discuss the writing.

The track list for the album is:

1. Walpurgis Eve
2. Yours Immortally…
3. Enshrined In Crematoria
4. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
5. Blackest Magick In Practice
6. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
7. Hammer Of The Witches
8. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych (see music video here)
9. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell

Check out the clip here: More...

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Cradle Of Filth Releases New Music Video

U.K. symphonic extreme act Cradle of Filth released the first taste of the upcoming new album "Hammer of the Witches" (expected July 10th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records). Check out the music video for the new track ""Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" in the player below.

The track list for the album is:

1. Walpurgis Eve
2. Yours Immortally…
3. Enshrined In Crematoria
4. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
5. Blackest Magick In Practice
6. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
7. Hammer Of The Witches
8. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
9. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell

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Cradle Of Filth Reveals Album Track Listing

The barbarous hellhounds from Cradle Of Filth recently announced the completion of 11th studio album "Hammer Of The Witches," recorded at the haunted Grindstone Studios.

"Hammer Of The Witches" will be released on jewelcase CD, limited edition digipak, a mail order edition, and 2LP vinyl formats. The album’s title is named after the "Malleus Maleficarum," a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributive: the hammer is the witch's hands now.

Pre-order are available at this location, and the track listing for the jewel case version will be as follows:

01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined In Crematoria
04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
05. Blackest Magick In Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
07. Hammer Of The Witches
08. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell More...

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Cradle Of Filth Unveils New Album Artwork

Cradle Of Filth today unveils the alluring yet harrowing cover artwork for upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled "Hammer Of The Witches." Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative cover:

“The artwork for 'Hammer Of The Witches' was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty... and horror.”

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths, and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts: More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Update On New Album

Cradle Of Filth has now fully entered the mixing stage for upcoming new album "Hammer Of The Witches."

The iconic British band also just finished filming a video for the album track "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" over a long weekend at a former U.S. Airbase in Suffolk.

The impending album - out via Nuclear Blast in the Summer - is inspired by the 1486 treatise on the prosecution of witches by Heinrich Kramer and subtitled "Goetic Justice," as the theme is one of violent revenge for violent persecution. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Shooting New Video

Cradle Of Filth - which is currently embroiled in the mixing stage of new opus nocturne "Hammer Of The Witches" - was assembled this weekend on the coast of Suffolk, England, undertaking a video for the forthcoming single "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" with director Sam Scott-Hunter. The 'Filth had this to say about the upcoming clip:

"The ultra-frenetic performance took place over two days at the former U.S. military base of Bentwaters, Rendlesham Forest (site of the UK's most prolific UFO encounter), firstly in an old fire station now used primarily in the film industry, and then in a creepy looking hangar that was once used for testing fighter jet engines...

"More pictures from the video shoot to follow as the week progresses. Tomorrow, some kinky bondage is being filmed on a farmstead near the Duxford war museum. Don't ask...." More...

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Dani Filth Checks In From The Studio

Cradle Of Filth is busy recording an upcoming album titled "Hammer Of The Witches" to follow the group's previous full-length "The Manticore and Other Horrors."

Today the band checked in with this studio session update:

"Cradle Of Filth drain man Dani Filth is now halfway through the vocal session for 'Hammer Of The Witches,' Cradle's forthcoming opus nocturne unleashed on Nuclear Blast records, June 2015.

"The intense nature of the album has seen the singer take a short break for restuperation, following a fortnight of ballistic vocal abuse deep in the dankest backwaters of the Witch County Countryside.

"Following the album's completion, Cradle Of Filth's first foray into this year's extensive touring commitments will be at Pulp Summer Slam at Quezon City in the Philippines, on April 25th. Watch Facebook for more details on upcoming shows and the much-anticipated album hextraordinaire." More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Studio Update

Currently working on the follow-up to "The Manticore And Other Horrors" (reviewed here), U.K. outfit Cradle Of Filth has now issued the following update from the studio:

"Cradle Of Filth guitarist hextraordinaire Rich 'Haunted' Shaw has now finished tracking all his guitar tracks for the upcoming 2015 opus nocturne, code-named 'Hammer Of The Witches,' out 26th June via Nuclear Blast... And it's sounding (un)holy fucking awesome to boot!

"Next week Richard will be back in deepest, darkest Suffolk and Grindstone studios for a couple of days of solos and lead overdubs, then it will be the turn of Scottish bassist Daniel Firth to add his prowess to the general evil melee.

"Stay tuned for further updates on this musickal misadventure, which promises to be Cradle's most anticipated release to date prior to a long, dirty black Summer of European festival appearances before the band head off to the States for the Autumn equinox."

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Cradle Of Filth Issues Album Update

Cradle Of Filth has checked in with the following update about recording a new full-length album due out this year:

"Monday 5th January bears irrevocable witness to Cradle Of Filth's Richard Shaw - Guitarist entering Grindstone studios in deepest, darkest Suffolk, England, to add his carnivorous licks to the forthcoming Cradle album; codename 'Hammer Of The Witches.'

"So far Martin 'Marthus' Skaroupka and Marek 'Ashok' Smerda have delivered their all to the dark cacophonous brew, now Richard's time has come to shine like a well-polished retaliatory nuclear strike button.

"The album is sounding amazing thus far, and should sound even fuller by the end of next week, when Richard finishes his guitar parts and vacates the luxurious werewolf-assailed country barn pad to make way for bassist Daniel Firth Music to rally forth from bonny Scotland. Album excretion date: 26th June via Nuclear Blast Records."

The "Hammer of the Witches" album will follow previous 2012 full-length release "The Manticore And Other Horrors" (reviewed here).

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Dani Filth Will Count You Down To The New Year

Cradle Of Filth has checked in with the following announcement about Dani Filth hosting a DJ set tonight to count down to the new year:

"Happy bloody new year from Cradle Of Filth and Devilment! Half-eaten mince pie Dani Filth will be counting down the hours to the New Year TONIGHT, with a six hour DJ set for Kerrang! Radio starting at 7pm and continuing through until well after the chimes of Midnight.

"Wishing you a Filthy New Year: The one and only Dani Filth is here to help you give 2014 a very metal sending off! You can listen in online at this location on Freeview channel 717 or on DAB in London.

"Mr. Filth will be injecting a whole wad of his own metal madness into the fray, as well as playing the best stuff from this year's raucous releases (including three Devilment tracks) and of course, blasting out some proper heavy metal classics to boot! Listen in, if you dare!"

Cradle Of Filth's new album, tentatively titled "Hammer Of The Witches," will drop in the Summer of 2015.

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Cradle Of Filth Announces Date And Working Title

U.K. extreme metal act Cradle of Filth announced that the process of recording the new album is underway at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk. The album will be released on June 26, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records and has the working title of "Hammer of the Witches." The 10 song album will be issued in various editions, including a special addition with added bonus material.

The update came via the following post on the band's Facebook page: "Everyone's favourite gilded c**ts Cradle of Filth are in the process of recording their latest opus nocturne at Grindstone Studios in deepest, dankest, darkest Suffolk for a Summer release of June 26th 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

"The album, adorned with the working title of 'Hammer Of The Witches', will feature ten tracks, with a special edition featuring original bonus material to accompany it."

The album will be the first for new guitar team Marek Šmerda (a/k/a Ashok) and Rich Shaw, who joined the band this year and keyboardist/vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft, who joined in 2013. More information is expected shortly. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Working On New Album

After having worked with the band for several years in the United States already, it is with great pleasure that Nuclear Blast Records can officially announce the worldwide signing of Great Britain's Cradle Of Filth. Iconic vocalist Dani Filth had this to say on the subject:

"Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way back in 1996 as a viable label option, after we left Cacophonous records. He barely missed out due to the close proximity to the band of Music For Nations, the label that Cradle stayed with until 2001. Now, not only do Nuclear Blast have offices all over the world, but the one in London is actually dead opposite to the old MFN building! Which is weird!

"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history. Next year is going to be a massive year for the band and the black flags start flying here, with the announcement of our unholy union with Nuclear Blast who have already done great things with my Witch County band, Devilment."

Cradle Of Filth just returned from a successful run through Russia and will hit the studio to begin recording the successor of 2012's "The Manticore And Other Horrors" (reviewed here) later this month. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Streaming "Total Fucking Darkness"

Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a stream of "Total Fucking Darkness" (reviewed here), the third demo from U.K. extreme metal miscreants, Cradle of Filth, which was just re-issued with bonus material. You can listen in to the full release below.

The grim revival of "Total Fucking Darkness" was directed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder, Frater Nihil, who first signed Cradle Of Filth.

Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the assistance of engineer Tim Turan, "Total Fucking Darkness" comes available as a digipak CD and double gatefold LP via Mordgrimm. For more info on the release, check out our in-depth interview with Dani Filth right here. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Rapes Your Faith

In anticipation of the imminent release of "Total Fucking Darkness," the infamous third demo from Cradle of Filth, today Decibel Magazine spews forth a premiere of "The Raping Of Faith." Check it out below.

An undertaking directed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years, "Total Fucking Darkness" will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm on May 5th.

Crowned "the rawest version of the band you are going to find," by Stereokiller and, "an account of the early days of one of black metal's biggest bands," by Echoes And Dust, "Total Fucking Darkness" was given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the assistance of engineer Tim Turan. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Streaming Track From Demo Re-Issue

In celebration of its forthcoming release, today the crypt keepers at Revolvermag.com spew forth "Unbridled At Dusk" from "Total Fucking Darkness," the third demo from notorious U.K. extreme metal legion, Cradle Of Filth.

Comments Dani Filth on the track: "This song was written in the encroaching Autumn of 1992 and was the executioner's block upon which we built the demo that started our career.

"Everything about this song is deep, dark and unbridled, a maxim that has steered the Cradle through twenty-two years of uncharted waters to the band we are today. And the raucous noise we make!"

An undertaking spearheaded by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan. and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil (who first signed Cradle of Filth) in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years, "Total Fucking Darkness" will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm this Spring. More...

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