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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.

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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Cradle Of Filth Guitarist Selling Instruments

CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Charles Hedger is selling two of his ESP (LTD) guitars in a rare one-off sale as he has recently changed endorsements to LAG guitars. He is happy to sell them internationally, but for all those who cannot collect locally (Essex, UK), they must pay all postage costs.

The first guitar features Emg active 81 set pickups,
24 frets and a thru neck. It was played by Charles at Download 2006, Rock am Ring 2006, Hellfest 2006, numerous other festivals. It has appeared in countless live videos, including Download and Rock am Ring, has been played on numerous tours including Europe and America. It was recorded on COF's latest release, Thornography. It appeared in various shoots from all over the world. The guitar Is in toured condition, but still working fine. Offers of £1500 and above only. Charles will sign the guitar if requested. More...

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Cradle Of Filth, Angtoria Vocalist Interview

Sarah Jezebel Deva, vocalist with Cradle Of Filth, Angtoria, Therion and Mortiis can be seen being interviewed on YouTube.

In the interview conducted by DJ TRoLL, Deva talks about the new Angtoria single ‘God Has A Plan For Us All’. The video of the song can be seen at this location and also features an appearance from the wife of Dani Filth – frontman of her other band Cradle Of Filth.

Concerning the single she commented, ‘The song covers two subjects but they are both linked. Written about a man who preaches god's word yet finds it acceptable to sexually abuse children. Also this song describes the pitiful cliche used by many religious people who can't offer any other explanation as to why people suffer in their life. Rape, murder, poverty, whatever it may be, the only excuse that can be offered is: "God Has A Plan For Us All!"

Angtoria’s new self-titled album is out now on Listenable Records.

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Cradle of Filth Post Easter E-card Online

Cradle of Filth have released an "Easter" e-card featuring a music player with a number of their songs as well as a download of "Dirge Inferno."

Cradle of Filth recently wrapped up a six-week US tour with 3 Inches of Blood and The 69 Eyes.

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3 Inches of Blood Joined By CoF For Deadly Sinners

On their swing through New York Paul Allender of Cradle of Filth joined 3 Inches of Blood on stage for a rendition of "Deadly Sinners." You can watch the video on YouTube.com.

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3 Inches of Blood Miss Denver Show Due To Van

3 Inches of Blood's tour van broke down in Chicago and the band won't be making it to Denver for tonight's show. Cradle of Filth and The 69 Eyes will perform as expected, and 3IOB is expected to rejoin the tour in Edmonton, on Thursday, February 8th.

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Testament's Peterson Working w/ Barker On Material

Bay Area bashers Testament have been out of the loop for a while, but the band is working to change that. Guitarist and main songwriter Eric Peterson has recently been working in a Northern California practice space with ex-Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth drummer Nick Barker on songs for the band's first album of original material since 1999's The Gathering. "It's feeling pretty good so far," commented Peterson. "Nick's playing has sparked some fire in me like [Slayer drummer Dave] Lombardo did back in '99 when he played for us on The Gathering." Not only are Testament back, they're back with the crux of their powerhouse '80s lineup: Peterson, guitarist Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian and singer Chuck Billy. Next week they'll leave for a tour of Australia but plan to resume work on the new album when they return.

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Nick Barker Is Still A Member Of Benediction

Long-running British metallers BENEDICTION have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"A lot of questions have been asked about [the status of BENEDICTION drummer] Nick Barker [formerly of DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH]. Yes, he is still BENEDICTION's drummer, and yes, he is helping TESTAMENT out on drums on their tour and album. This was discussed between us and it is no problem to either band. Put yourself in Nick's shoes — one of your favorite bands of all time asks you to use your drumming skills on their tour and write on their new album; it is a chance of a lifetime! It was talked about on both sides and Nick had our full blessing on this. On some of the festivals in Europe this year he will be playing sets for both bands on the same day! If you know Nick, then you will know that there is no problem with stamina! How many bands do various members of NAPALM [DEATH] play with on top of their own NAPALM DEATH thing? Frank Healy and Dave Hunt from BENEDICTION also play and record with other bands (ANAAL NATHRAKH, MISTRESS, CEREBRAL FIX). The loyalty within the band is also strong so we have no problems about these things happening. Nick could have left BENEDICTION if he wanted. We said we would understand if he wanted to join one the most legendary outfits in the world. He wanted to stay as a part of BENEDICTION. That speaks volumes. BENEDICTION is a unit, not a single person. Our live shows this year will let the music do the talking for us."

BENEDICTION's new album, "Killing Music", will be released later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the band recently re-signed. The CD will mark the recording debut with the group of drummer Barker, who was most recently a member of BRUJERIA and who played with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares in the short-lived DRIVEN BY SUFFERING (working name).

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Cradle of Filth Keep On Going

Having debuted way back in 1991, there aren’t a whole lot of bands around these days with anything approaching the longevity of Cradle of Filth.

That being said, the only member remaining from Cradle of Filth’s original lineup is vocalist and songwriter Dani Filth.

When asked what has kept the band going for so long, Filth points to this revolving door of members as one of the principle reasons, saying that it inspires fresh ideas from time to time.

The reasons for so many departures, explains Filth, vary widely, from the expected personality conflicts, to an unwillingness on the part of some musicians to submit to the furious pace and work ethic of the band, to one member’s wish to return to university.

“It’s a substantial amount of time and a hard pace,” Filth says. “Writing an album every year and a half is a massive output.”

The last album Cradle of Filth recorded, 2006’s Thornography, was especially hard, due in large part to some paranormal activity at the studio where they recorded.

Having ghosts involve themselves in the recording process would make this writer consider leaving a band, but Filth assured me that living in Britain has forced many people to confront history face to face.

“The house [that the band recorded in] had quite a history to it,” he says. “Weird stuff kept happening and things kept appearing—it was very odd. It could have been anything really—it’s England.”
All the details of the recording process, including the ghosts, were documented in a recording diary posted to the band’s web page. Filth says he likes the way the internet has opened up new and direct avenues for communication with fans, but only to a point.

“I think it’s cool,” he says of the recording blog the band started. “I don’t think it has to be worked at too hard, so that the mystery isn’t lost. I’m not a fan of MySpace. I think it’s a waste of time—unless you’re trying to pick someone up.”

Filth says the band is looking forward to getting to Edmonton; the closest they’d come previously was being in the Jasper area on a previous tour, which they found particularly enchanting.

“There was something magical about the whole thing,” he remembers, “because there was so much snow and we were plunged into complete darkness.”

(-Brian Birtles-)

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3 Inches Of Blood Feel Dirty Around Goths

Chart Attack reports: Vancouver's 3 Inches Of Blood — currently on the road in support of fellow black metal behemoths Cradle Of Filth and Finnish glamsters The 69 Eyes — are clearly the black sheep of the tour.

"We feel like a bunch of dirt bags next to all of these goth people," jokes vocalist Jamie Hooper while navigating the wilds of Vermont in a van with a broken-down heater. "We have to up the quotient of PVC and eyeliner in the band... there are certainly a lot of leather pants on this tour."

Oddballs or not, 3 Inches Of Blood have received rave reviews nightly by pummelling the audience with a raging Judas Priest-meets-Slayer attack entirely unlike 69 Eyes and their H.I.M.-inspired low-key metal. Hooper and crew are still modestly shocked by the praise though.

"People come up to us and say that they just came to see us. It's flattering to hear people say that they spent all of this money on a ticket and then leave before Cradle Of Filth, but it proves we're doing something right."

Utilizing the tour as a means of introducing the world to tertiary effort Fire Up The Blades (Roadrunner), due out on May, 3 Inches are reinvigorated by a new lineup featuring guitarists Shane Clark and Justin Hagberg, bassist Nick Cates and drummer Alexei Rodriguez. Hooper and fellow longtime vocalist Cam Pipes are audibly excited about their input on the 10 songs that encompass Fire Up The Blades.

"We were nervous at first because all the musicians on the records are different from those on [2004's] Advance And Vanquish. We were wondering if we were gonna still sound like 3 Inches Of Blood. It doesn't… it's better. We've picked up the pace on some songs, so it's thrashier, with more double-kick, but also some laid-back rock songs. The fast songs are more pummelling than they used to be. We've been listening to too much black metal over the years, if there is such a thing."

While stepped up in ferocity, Hooper assures fans that the typical 3 Inches Of Blood topics of post-apocalyptic scenarios and beer-drinkin' are still prevalent. The album is completed aside from final artwork, and the band will tend to their own headlining tour once the stint with Cradle Of Filth winds down in late March. For now, though, they'll have to stick to opening slots.

"It doesn't matter as long as we're playing," says Hooper. "It's weird and refreshing to get back out on the road playing every night.

"When you're in the studio not playing shows for a couple of months, you're like, 'What the hell? Wasn't there something I was supposed to be doing tonight?' Not only that, but it seems like everyone in the band has a side project too… stuff like lounge music. After a few weeks of that, you're like, 'Fuck, I've gotta play some metal!'"

Here are remaining 3 Inches Of Blood's Canadian tour dates with Cradle Of Filth and 69 Eyes:

Feb. 8 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
Feb. 9 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Feb. 10 Kelowna, BC @ The Well
Feb. 11 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

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Cradle of Filth Use The Internet To Reach Fans

Roadrunner Records updated on Cradle of Filth's internet activity:

First off, be sure to check out Cradle Of Filth's official MYSPACE page. It's got up to date info and is your only officially filthy source on MySpace.

For you "freakier" filth fans, join up with the great page set up at Vampire Freaks. For you filth fans looking for a little more edge and a place to hang upside down with the rest of your vampire friends, THIS is the place to check out.

And since we know how demanding some of you guys can be, Cradle Of Filth is giving you the chance to demand their presence in your town on Eventful.com. All you have to do is click HERE, create or join a demand group for your city and then spread the word about it all across the web with Eventful's special "stickers."

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3 Inches Of Blood Name New Album

Vancouver, Canada's inimitable 3 Inches of Blood have settled on the title of their forthcoming third album, and the winner is...


The sextet is currently working on said disc with Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison acting as producer, and you can get a taste of their efforts via this DEMO of new track, "Goatrider's Horde."

You can catch 3 Inches of Blood on tour throughout January and February alongside Cradle of Filth and The 69 Eyes.

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Arch Enemy Guitarist and Drummer Comment on NAMM

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson will attend the NAMM show, which is scheduled to take place January 18-21 in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Amott will be signing autographs at the ESP guitars booth Saturday, January 20 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Commented Michael: "I am honored to be invited by ESP guitars again this year. My 'Ninja V' signature model guitar has been very successful and well received by both the media and players. I am really thankful to ESP for their support and also of course to everyone who picked up a LTD or ESP 'Ninja V'!!!

"I will take part in a signing session together with some other great ESP players. Looking forward to seeing you fellow guitar freaks there!"

Daniel Erlandsson will be signing autographs Saturday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Pearl Drums booth.

Commented Erlandsson: "This will be my first time at the NAMM show and I'm looking forward to it! I will be signing autographs at the Pearl Drums booth with my brother, Adrian Erlandsson (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) and Vinnie Paul and some other kick-ass Pearl players!"

The NAMM show is the largest music products trade show in the world. Held every January in Anaheim, California, the show brings together all facets of the music products industry to reveal new musical instruments/products and ideas to help music products retailers and manufacturers become more successful. More than 80,000 NAMM members and guests attended the January 2006 show. The NAMM show is not open to the general public.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Angtoria Members To Tour w/ Cradle Of Filth in US

Sarah Jezebel Deva (Vocals in ANGTORIA) and Dave Pybus (Bass in ANGTORIA) will be performing on the upcoming U.S. Cradle Of Filth tour.

Dates are as follows:
Jan 23 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Jan 24 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
Jan 26 Tha Palladium Worcester, MA
Jan 27 Theatre du Capitole Quebec City, QUE
Jan 28 Metropolis Montreal, QUE
Jan 29 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ONT
Jan 31 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Feb 01 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Feb 02 Harpo's Detroit, MI
Feb 03 The Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
Feb 04 House of Blues Chicago, IL
Feb 06 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
Feb 08 Edmonton Events Centre Edmonton, ALB
Feb 09 MacEwan Hall Calgary, ALB
Feb 11 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Feb 12 Showbox Seattle, WA
Feb 13 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
Feb 15 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Feb 16 Avalon Theatre Hollywood, CA
Feb 17 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Feb 18 House of Blues San Diego, CA
Feb 19 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
Feb 21 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Feb 22 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
Feb 23 The Meridian Houston, TX
Feb 24 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Feb 26 Roxy Theatre Atlanta, GA
Feb 27 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
Feb 28 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar 2 NorVa Norfolk, VA
Mar 3 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
Mar 4 Irving Plaza New York, NY

ANGTORIA released "God Has A Plan For Us All" in November, 2006 on Listenable Records.

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Jed Simon Updates on Side Project 'Tenet'

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following announced regarding his TENET project:

"It's announcement time! There are some new faces in the TENET camp. It's my pleasure to introduce them.

"I welcome to the fold Adrian Erlandsson on drums.

"Adrian, as many of you may know, had spent the last seven years with CRADLE OF FILTH. Previous to that he was on the first THE HAUNTED album, 'The Haunted'... Fuck, I love that album, and of course, he played in the mighty, legendary, AT THE GATES.

"Adrian brings an enthusiasm to the table that is infectious. I respect his talent greatly, and after hearing what he has done with some of the demo tracks, I'm beyond excited. Perhaps we'll put some of the demo stuff up with him playing soon, although I may just save it for the album, hehe.

"Of course, you are now wondering why Gene [Hoglan; STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ex-DARK ANGEL, DEATH] is not playing. I felt that after 10+ years in THE LAD it was time for a fresh start. And to be honest, I really needed to just 'step away' for a bit, and do something completely on my own. None of this reflects on my and Gene's relationship as friends... we will always be thick as thieves. Silly, pranking, metal-loving thieves. He IS my brother for life, as are the other SYL cats. That's about the best way I can explain it without getting too long-winded. OK? OK! More...

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Cradle Of Filth Announce N. A. Tour Dates

Cradle Of Filth are set to team up with Finland's The 69 Eyes for a North American tour in January/February.

Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows: More...

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Cradle Of Filth Recruit New Drummer

British Extreme Metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have recruited Czech drummer Marthus (real name: Martin Škaroupka) to replace Adrian Erlandsson. Martin was born on January 20, 1981 in the Czech Republic and has previously played with GALACTIC INDUSTRY and INNER FEAR, among other bands. "Those of you who have already seen us you will know that Martin is more than qualified for the job!", CRADLE OF FILTH writes in a statement.

Erlandsson announced his departure from CRADLE OF FILTH on Wednesday (Nov. 15), citing his desire to focus on other projects, including NEMHAIN (which is fronted by Erlandsson's wife, fetish model Morrigan Hel; a.k.a. Amber England).

Commented Adrian: "I have enjoyed my time with CRADLE but it is now time to move on. I feel I am going out on a high as 'Thornography' is definitely our best album to date".

Over the course of the last few months, rumors of Adrian's departure have been gaining strength, with several "in-the-know" parties claiming that Adrian was fired from the group just days before they were to sign a new publishing deal. As a result, it was reported (but not officially confirmed) that Erlandsson was relegated to the status of a "session" member (whereby he was paid only for time worked and was not entitled to any publishing or artist royalties), a situation which was rumored to have strained his relationship with the band's frontman Dani Davey (a.k.a. Dani Filth).

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Cradle Of Filth Drummer Officially Gone

After months of rumors and speculation, British extreme metallers Cradle Of Filth have officially confirmed the departure of drummer Adrian Erlandsson. According to an official press release, "Erlandsson has found that his two side projects Needleye and Nemhain are taking up more and more of his time and has made the decision to leave Cradle Of Filth so he can concentrate more of his energies on them."

Commented Adrian: "I have enjoyed my time with Cradle but it is now time to move on. I feel I am going out on a high as 'Thornography' is definitely our best album to date." More...

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Cradle Of Filth Post New Live Video Online

A video clip of CRADLE OF FILTH performing the track "Tonight in Flames" on Sunday, November 12 at at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands has been posted online at the group's official web site.

CRADLE OF FILTH's new album, "Thornography", has sold around 25,000 copies in the United States since its October 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2004's "Nymphetamine" was recorded at Lincolnshire, England's Chapel studios with producer Rob Caggiano (BLEEDING THROUGH, ANTHRAX) and was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE).

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Ex-Diabolic Guitarist Dies

Florida-based death metallers DIABOLIC have issued the following update:

"Just got a call from Jerry Mortellaro [ex-DIABOLIC guitarist] tonight letting us know that Bryan Hipp, ex-DIABOLIC guitarist, died last night [Saturday, Oct. 21]. Cause of death unknown.

"Bryan Hipp helped write songs off the DIABOLIC album 'Subterranal Magnitude' and helped DIABOLIC complete the 'Death Metal Massacre' Metal Maniacs tour 2000, opening for CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOD DETHRONED and HATE ETERNAL.

"We are posting the song 'Infernalism' Bryan Hipp wrote back in 1999. Bryan Hipp also played in BRUTALITY, CRADLE OF FILTH, and in BLASTMASTERS he helped write the song 'Implemented Digital Control'!!! On stage Bryan Hipp would explode with raging headspins. His talent to create some of the most dark and evil riffs will be missed."

As previously reported, DIABOLIC uploaded a new song, entitled "Devour the Subconscious", to their MySpace page. The track comes off the band's new album, "Shellfire and Tombstones", which was recorded and mixed in July/August 2006 at Diet Of Worms Studio in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL). The album features artwork by acclaimed Swedish artist Mathias Noren and is tentatively scheduled for release late 2006/early 2007 through an as-yet-undetermined label.

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Roadrunner Interviews Cradle of Filth

Roadrunner's own Jason Kinnard sat down with Dani and Paul from Cradle of Filth a few weeks ago to conduct this exclusive interview for RR.com. The band's new album, Thornography, hits stores this Tuesday, October 17th, so here's your chance to read up on all things COF before going out to get it.

Jason: What do you guys like to do in New York when you're...

Dani: Chillin'?

J: Yeah... drink?

D: Actually, no... not at all. Shopping, looking for bargains. I don't know what to buy now, I should get something for my daughter. I was thinking FAO Schwartz, something weird, New York-y.

J: On Thornography, you worked with Rob Caggiano (formerly of Anthrax). Had you worked with him in the past?

D: Yeah, he worked on the last two records. He produced Nymphetamine, and helped mix the one before that (Damnation and a Day).

J: I heard he had some health problems.

D: Yeah... I think that's what pushed him into being in the studio a bit more.

J: The "meat Millenium Falcon"?

D: Yeah, that's right (laughs).

Paul: In Mexico, he ate a sheep's head, or goat's head, or something.

J: So the last time you guys were in the US was in 2004 (on the Headbanger's Ball Tour). What are your plans for the next couple months?

D: We've got some stuff in Europe to do... some press. We're gonna do a video for "Temptation," finish up some more tracks which didn't make the album... same producer, same mixer (Andy Sneap). We've got some other things to do, usual band stuff. Then we start touring... 3 dates in Turkey, then over to L.A. to a signing for Hot Topic on Halloween, and then we start the European tour a few weeks later, which should take us up to Christmas. We do Europe first, test out the stage show, and then ship it over here... we should be in America by the second or third week of January.

J: Do you prefer touring in the US or Europe?

D: I prefer touring in the US... but I like Europe for the culture. And the buses are useless in America. The one we had in Europe on the last tour... it was like a hotel.

P: It was amazing.

J: Any favorite cities?

D: Amsterdam. Prague... I love Prague, though we haven't been there in ages. New York, obviously. London, Sydney. The Big Four: LA, San Francisco, Chicago, New York... you're always guaranteed a good show.

J: In 2003, you headlined the Ozzfest second stage. Do you have any aspirations to do a summer touring festival again?

D: That's the plan for next year. We'd like to get back on the Ozzfest, because the year that we did it we had such a good laugh. Not just us, but the Ozzfest crew, the rest of the bands, it was great fun. And because of that... obviously, it won't have as much magic as the first time, but I think we'd like to do it again.

J: Do you guys have any favorite bands to tour with, or bands that you haven't toured with yet that you would like to?

D: Favorite bands to tour with... Moonspell, Type O Negative, Killswitch Engage. People we'd like to tour with... we'd like to tour with Maiden, Slayer would be good as well, although we've toured with Slayer before.

P: We played with Maiden one time in Italy. A couple bands got together, and we somehow landed the direct support spot. That was really cool. But we've never toured with them. We'd like to tour with Judas Priest, now that they have Rob Halford back.

J: So on the new album, Thornography, it seems like you are headed in a more melodic direction. Would you say that's an accurate description?

D: Yeah, in places, but in other places not.

P: It's definitely a progression from the last album.

J: You've got "Rise of the Pentagram," your first instrumental track on this album.

P: Yeah, that's certainly a bit different. We'd never done an instrumental before, and thought "What's the point of doing an instrumental that people are just going to expect?" So we made it completely fucking different.

D: The whole record is very different. But it's Cradle of Filth. I mean, people have always called us sellouts, and now we've got Ville Vallo [from HIM] on a track, and we also take the gay icon song "Temptation" [by Heaven 17] and make it into something heavy.

J: How did you choose to cover "Temptation?"

D: Because we've covered Maiden in the past, covered Slayer... if we're going to cover metal we might as well do one of our own songs. If we're gonna do a Maiden song in our style, it's literally going to sound just like us. So... we thought we'd do something so far removed... if we did "Thriller" by Michael Jackson it would still sound really gay because of the nature of the lyrics and the notes, but "Temptation" turned out really heavy.

J: And how did you hook up with Ville [on "The Byronic Man"]

D: We're mutual friends through Bam [Margera], and I met him on a few occasions. I respect his music, and we needed some singing to portray a character from the song. We thought he had the Byronic nature, his whole life is akin to Lord Byron's, and it would have been gay for me to do it, so he was the first person that came to mind, and he's well known enough to bring the character to life... girls fancy him, he's very famous.

J: But you did do those clean vocals on the "Underworld 2" soundtrack. Do you do any more clean vocals on the new album?

D: Yes, but I wouldn't call them clean. James Hetfield-y, Alice Cooper type of stuff.

J: One of the big changes from Damnation and a Day to Nymphetamine was that you got rid of the huge orchestral arrangements (played by The Budapest Film Choir). Was there a reason for that?

D: We had that album [Damnation] in mind at a time when everybody thought we were selling out. We got the opportunity to realize what we wanted to do, but it was going to be a one-off, it wasn't going to be on every record. It was just what we wanted to try at that time. The next album is never going to be the same.

P: It'd be boring.

J: On the new album you guys have three keyboardists?

D: Yeah.. I mean, they don't all play at once. We realized when we sacked our other keyboardist that we didn't actually need to have one as much. I mean, we have a touring keyboardist named Rosie, and she's great. She came a little late into the recording process, but I think she'll be on the next record.

But we've worked with these other people in the past... one guy actually wrote all the arrangements for the orchestra, and the third one is this guy Chris Rehn who is in a band with Sarah Jezebel Diva called Angtoria. Oh, actually, make it four of em... cause there is also an American who does all of our electronics and makes these crazy fucking loops.

J: I heard you guys had some scary experiences in the studio?

D: I wouldn't call them scary, they were downright weird. Maybe it scared me a little bit. Sometimes there was the sound of a child's wind-up toy. And in my head I convinced myself that it was the producer screwing with me, because he and I lived in this house, this huge creepy Georgian house... it was great. But I had just gone to bed one night, and I was trying to go to sleep, and it started. And I leapt up, not in shock, but more because I wanted to catch Rob. So I got up, ran into his room in the nude, and he was listening to music on his headphones and using his computer. And he came down for an hour, we completely stripped the room looking for this sound. I said "We're not going anywhere, we're going to find what you hid in my room."

J: But you're not the only one that heard it, right?

P: No. I got my studio setup in my room, just so I can change stuff around. And I'm sitting there working, and I heard this noise start coming from the bathroom. And I was like "What the fuck?" There was nothing there. But at first, I would hear like one note every once in a while, and then maybe a couple notes if I'm lucky. And then towards the end, we were all sitting down to dinner and this fucking noise went right around the whole table.

D: I heard it maybe 5-6 times by the end of the sessions.

P: The very last night, I was packing all my stuff up, and we heard it out in the hallway. It was going absolutely fucking mental. It was going fast, slow, with harmonies being played, everything.

J: You should have recorded that.

D: Yeah. (laughs)

P: Unbelievable, this fucking thing. And everybody's looking around like "Where is that coming from?"

J: So, Paul, you were the primary songwriter for this album?

P: Yeah, I arranged a lot of it. I'll sit down and come up with a riff, and I don't stop there. I come up with another riff, and then I think it'd be cool if we go into a part like this. And then the next thing you know, I've got a whole song structure. Then that goes on CD and I just give it to everyone to rehearse and give me feedback.

J: This seems to be one of the first times that a Cradle record has featured guitar solos. You've stepped it up as a lead guitarist.

Paul: This was one of the first times I've had time to practice, usually I'm doing artwork or interviews or this or that...

J: So you don't sit around watching Yngwie instructional videos, doing picking exercises and scales all day?

P: I'd rather sit there and play a slow melodic riff with harmonies. I get more out of that than just trying to be as fast as possible.

J: Are you classically trained?

P: No, I got into Iron Maiden and learned guitar (laughs).

J: The second guitarist on this album is different than the last one?

P: Correct. Charles was filling in for Dave (Pybus) on bass, and when Dave returned, Charles moved to guitar. He actually attended the London Institute of Guitar.

J: Paul, I noticed that you also do the COF website and graphics.

P: Yeah, we're working on a new site at the moment, it's very clean cut. It's got some nice movies and logos... all black and red, it's awesome. Simplicity is great.

J: And there's a new artist for this cover?

D: Yeah, Sam Araya. We usually get a different artist for every album, though we used John Coulthart for the last two, he's kind of like our resident artist.

J: There was a little controversy with the art, right?

D: Apparently... it's only a few variants on it, really, it's pretty much the same thing. There was a corpse on the ground, some stuff in the background, some insinuations they didn't like... and I think the woman's legs were naked. The changes were very minor.

J: Any other projects you're working on?

D: I've got a book that's in the works, "Gospel of Filth." That's still being worked on, it's a quite lengthy process, obviously. We've got a live record, which we've put on hiatus for a little bit. It's ready to go, we just need to decide when and where, we've got to tweak a couple overhead mics.

J: Dani, you were sick for a while?

D: Yeah, for about 4 months I had to go on this weird homeopathic diet.

J: While you were in the studio?

D: For some of it, yeah. We had to take another six weeks out, but we had other things to do, and it was good to step back from it. Compared to our others, it was a lot quicker than our other albums. We had a British tour for about two and a half weeks, and we had to rehearse for that. We took four weeks off for Christmas, the six weeks I was just telling you about, and the sporadic summer festivals (11 of them). So in total, we probably only spent about 3 months recording. And towards the end, I really started to enjoy it. Once I started getting better, everything seemed more relaxed... we knew it was shaping up, and we didn't feel like we had to rush to get it completed.

J: Was it hard to adjust your diet and stop drinking?

D: Yeah, it was terrible, but it had to be done.

J: And you got married recently?

D: Yeah, it didn't come as a big surprise though. We had been together for 14 years. That was on Halloween as well.

J: What were the lineup changes from the last album to this one?

P: Dave [Pybus] left the band for a little bit, so we needed a bass. Charles, who is the guitar player at the moment, came and played bass for a little bit. Then, Martin and James left, Dave came back, and Charles moved to guitar... if you can follow that.

J: Dani, what was it like working on Roadrunner United ["Dawn of a Golden Age"]?

D: It was good fun. It was just a little strange. Dave, our bass player, was flown over to America for his session, but because of the nature of our schedule, I had to do mine in a little studio after the track had already been recorded, so I missed out on that participation aspect. I missed the party, because that was the day I flew out to India. It was good; I just felt a little alienated. But the song was great, it was with Justin Hagberg [3 Inches of Blood] and Matt Heafy [Trivium] on guitar, Sean Malone [of Cynic] on bass, and Mike Smith [Suffocation] on drums.

J: You guys 3 Inches of Blood fans?

P: Yeah, the singing is fucking brilliant. It reminds me of Judas Priest, I love it.

J: And Dani, you were recently tracking some final vocals in upstate New York?

D: Yeah, it's right by the Alfred Hitchcock estate. It's huge, 900 acres. We're in the middle of the woods, which is great.

J: Thanks, guys. I look forward to the new album.

D: Thanks.

P: Cheers.

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