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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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Cradle Of Filth Celebrate Hallowe'en With Novel

Cradle of Filth will celebrate Hallowe'en this year by releasing a book which tells a fictional tale about the band's supernatural adventures.

The currently untitled novel, written by music journalist Gavin Baddeley, includes popular myths about the group and each chapter is loosely based around one of the metal outfit's nine albums.

Frontman Dani Filth says, "It's going to be a coffee table book, the sort of thing you can just flick through.

"Gavin's really well-versed in the occult and black metal and everything. I've read the first part and it's excellent.

"The opening's about the rise of the evil British Empire. It references why Hollywood always places a quintessential English gentleman in the role of the bad guy - people like Alan Rickman."

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Cradle Of Filth Have Seven Songs Finished

CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Dear blood-feeders and readers,

Just a quick plunge into the darkness that is the C.O.F schedule of late, to let everybody know that the 'Viva La Bam' filming week near Philadelphia last month seems to have been a complete success, with a televised date of mid, to end of July in the U.S and then, (working on the premise that the show is then broadcast in Europe several weeks/months later), we are expecting an Autumnal airing of the show featuring none other than yours truly and his band of very merry men.

As an experience it was a great one, we became friends with Bam on the last American tour when he came out to see us on the road and so it was with high expectancy of partying for a week that Guitarist Paul A. and myself flew out early for me to film the first part of the show with Bam and his usual crew of miscreants. Not to give too much away, but we definitely pissed off his Uncle when we decided to rip a new......... ah, for the sake of the plot and a massive lawsuit pending on behalf on MTV i must refrain from saying any more at present! More...

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More Roadrunner "All Stars" Announced

Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.

Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.

Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...

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Cradle Of Filth Lose Keyboardist

Cradle Of Filth have parted ways with keyboardist Martin Foul, an official statement on the matter is available over at www.cradleoffilth.com.

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Cradle Of Filth And Sir Cliff Collaboration?

Heavy metallers Cradle of Filth are yearning for an extraordinary collaboration - with clean cut pop legend Sir Cliff Richard.

The tattooed rockers recorded a heavily-reworked version of Richard's Devin Woman and are keen to find out what the "Peter Pan of pop" thinks of their efforts - and if he'd consider duetting with them.

Guitarist James McLlroy says, "It would be interesting to know if he's heard it. I doubt he's a fan.

"Imagine a collaboration! Christmas number one!"

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Cradle of Filth Tour US

Cradle of Filth will be touring the US for a short time in June. Dates, supporting acts, and venues to be announced.

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Pre-At The Gates, Dissection Project For Download

CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Adrian Erlandsson (ex-AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED) has uploaded a rare 1994 demo recording from TERROR, a short-lived studio project featuring Erlandsson, Anders Björler (guitar; THE HAUNTED, ex-AT THE GATES), Jonas Björler (bass; THE HAUNTED, ex-AT THE GATES) and Jon Nödtveit (vocals; DISSECTION). The three-song demo was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Commented Erlandsson, "We had a excellent time writing and recording these tracks in two days." You can download the songs "Radiation", "Destruction" and "Terror" here.

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:

Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Dragonforce
Hurricane Party
Lost Prophets
Viking Skull More...

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CoF's Pybus Starts New Label, Plans Releases

Former Cradle Of Filth bassist Dave Pybus has helped start a new label. It's called SixSixSix Records. The first releases - both due at the end of May - will be 'In Absence Of Light' from symphonic black metalheads Draconian Order and 'Blood 'N' Roll' by Italian goths Bloody Mary.

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Moonspell Check In From European Tour

Portugal's Moonspell have posted the following message on their official web site:

First off, we are cancelling our headliner show at Salon de Provence on the 23th of March due to low presale. We can not compromise the rest of the tour on the account of this and also it could come as a financial disaster to the promoter. So in hope we ever get there we might need a stronger fan basis in this location in France. The good news are that we are playing both dates in Paris at the end of this tour and also that we are confirming our presence in Rotonde Festival, Hirson, on the 21st of May. Also Moonspell will be playing on Nummmirock, Finland, on the 25 of June.

We will announce soon other further dates in Portugal and still under negotiation are other appeareances on festivals.

About the quite polemic who's playing first or last in Portugal and after many other comments in our forum, Moonspell would like to set the record straight. In all Europe, we were invited by Cradle of Filth to support them and that is what we are doing to the best of our conditions and regardless of those we are putting all our heart on the stage show and the reactions have proved fair so far.

In Portugal, Cradle of Filth will close the show by mutual agreement between bands and promoters. Goes without saying that our status in Portugal is different than in the rest of Europe but besides this status talk what it matters is that there are two bands which have proven themselves on the scene through the originality and quality of their music and that the Portuguese fans will even welcome a different show where Moonspell and Cradle of Filth will have equal conditions, equal stage times and equal full production on stage. That was the way found for both Cradle of Filth and Moonspell fans to enjoy this tour and both bands' show at their fullest. Not to mention equal willingness to bring a true experience to the Portuguese crowds as this country cherish so much both bands since we first played together in Lisbon, year 1994 (!) also the great the Haunted will share the stage with us, a concert not to be missed so show up in time will you!

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Offensive CoF T-shirt Wearer Told To Grow Up

Dale Wilson, of Northfields, Norwich, was arrested last month for wearing an offensive Cradle of Filth t-shirt. (Read story here.) Several excerpts from a news article on EDP24 website:

Judge Roderick Newton described Wilson's action as “wholly unacceptable” adding: “It simply won't do, wearing a T-shirt which would be offensive to anyone regardless of whether or not they are religious.

“But I can see you have learnt your lesson and will take an extremely unusual course of action by discharging you. Don't do it again – you must grow up.”

Wilson, who has previous convictions including drug and dishonesty offences, was ordered to pay £150 costs.

The judge ordered the destruction of the T-shirt and knife.

Read the full article at EDP24.

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MSNBC: Darkthrone A Better Grammy Choice?

CONVERGE, SATYRICON and... DARKTHRONE...? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads with a lot of skepticism."

Christe also told MSNBC this year's real Grammy nominees for Metal Performance (CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD, HATEBREED, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, and SLIPKNOT) are "a shock... they actually represent what metal kids are into - instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive's misunderstanding of heavy metal... All five bands nominated began on indie-specialty labels, then worked their way to the mainstream over years. Normally, I'd hope in vain that MOTÖRHEAD would win, just as an excuse to see Lemmy wearing a tuxedo. But it would really be a boon to heavy metal for any of the younger bands to take the prize."

The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 13. The Metal Performance award will NOT be televised.

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Cradle Of Filth Shirt Lands Man In Court

Dale Wilson, 35, of Northfields, Norwich, was arrested by two police officers in The Avenues as he walked to a local newsagent to buy some tobacco on Halloween wearing a T-shirt promoting Ipswich-band Cradle of Filth.

The front of the T-shirt showed a sexual image of a nun while the back carried an extremely offensive reference to Jesus.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and also admitted possession of a Stanley knife when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.

Sentencing was adjourned for reports until March 11 and Judge Simon Barham warned him that all sentencing options would be open.

Wilson was given conditional bail pending the next hearing.

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The Haunted To Support Cradle Of Filth

Swedish thrashers The Haunted have been confirmed as the support act for Cradle of Filth's upcoming European tour with Moonspell. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 09 - Wien, AUT - Planet Music
Mar. 10 - Budapest, HUN - Petofi Hall
Mar. 11 - Zlin, CZR - Sport Hall*
Mar. 12 - Katowice, POL - Spodek*
Mar. 14 - Osnabrück, GER - Hyde Park
Mar. 15 - Berlin, GER - Columbiahalle
Mar. 16 - Stuttgart, GER - Longhorn
Mar. 18 - Leipzig, GER - Haus Auensee
Mar. 19 - München, GER - Georg Elser Halle
Mar. 20 - Ljubljana, SLO - VPK*
Mar. 21 - Zürich, SWI - Volkshaus
Mar. 22 - Milano, ITA - Rainbow
Mar. 24 - Barcelona, SPA - Razzmatazz
Mar. 25 - Bergara, SPA - Sala Jam
Mar. 26 - Porto, POR - Colloseum
Mar. 27 - Lisboa, POR - Colloseum
Mar. 29 - Granada, SPA - Sala Copea
Mar. 30 - Madrid, SPA - Aqualung
Apr. 01 - Clermont Ferrand, FRA - Cooperative De Mai
Apr. 02 - Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmartre

* without Moonspell

The Haunted are continuing to tour in support of their fourth album, "rEVOLVEr", which entered the Swedish album chart at position No. 18 upon its release last October.

The follow-up to 2003's "One Kill Wonder", "rEVOLVEr" was recorded at Gothenburg's famed Studio Fredman (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy) with co-producers Patrik J. Sten and Fredrik Nordström and mixed at Denmark's Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen. The album was released as jewel-case CD and limited edition digipak (each with a different cover), featuring two special bonus tracks, "Fire Alive" and "Smut King".

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Cradle Of Filth Collaborate With King Diamond

Cradle Of Filth's cover of Cliff Richard's 1976 hit "Devil Woman", featuring a special guest appearance by King Diamond, has been made available as a Real Audio stream at this location.

Cradle Of Filth's version of "Devil Woman" will be included on the group's new CD, "Nymphetamine: Special Edition", due on March 1 via Roadrunner Records. The collection will feature two all-new tracks ("Prey" and "Soft White Throat"), covers of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley", Bathory's "Bestial Lust" and "Devil Woman", two previously unreleased tracks, all-new and expanded artwork and the video for "Nymphetamine".



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Dave Pybus Still In Cradle Of Filth

Contrary to the report, it appears that Dave Pybus has not left Cradle Of Filth. A revised statement on the band's official website, reads as follows:

For personal reasons Dave Pybus will be unable to take part in the COF European tour in the Spring. He is really sorry he is not going to be able to see everyone out there.

This does not mean that Dave will not appear be appearing on the next album. But we are all very sorry that he won't be on the next COF jaunt around Europe.

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Headline News

Founding Member Dino Cazares Quits Brujeria

Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has quit BRUJERIA, the extreme metal project he co-founded 16 years ago.

According to Dino, he made the decision to leave the group in order to spend more time working on a new band he recently formed with ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker. "Sometimes you have too many projects and one always suffers," Dino explained.

Although BRUJERIA's most recent touring lineup included Barker and bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), neither musician will continue to perform with the group, according to Cazares. It is not presently clear if singer John Lepe (a.k.a. Juan Brujo) — the band's sole remaining member — will attempt to carry on with BRUJERIA using replacement musicians.

Formed in 1989, BRUJERIA released four full-length albums through the Roadrunner label and boasted a revolving lineup of high-profile musicians, including former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould and FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera.

Despite his split with BRUJERIA, Cazares will continue his involvement with ASESINO, the BRUJERIA off-shoot project that also features in its ranks STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos on bass/vocals and SADISTIC INTENT drummer Emilio Marquez.

Dino's as-yet-unnamed collaboration with Barker recently recorded a two-song instrumental demo with producer James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and is currently seeking a bassist and singer.

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Dave Pybus Departs Cradle of Filth

Cradle of Filth sent the following message to the Roadrunner offices today:

We are sorry to say that as of yesterday (Thurs. 1/20), Dave Pybus is no longer with Cradle of Filth. Dave has decided, for personal reasons that he is unable to continue with the band. This will not endanger the tour dates we currently have in place or future recording commitments, as a replacement will be found to complete these.

We are all very sorry that Dave has made this decision and he will be missed.

Cradle of Filth will be releasing Nymphetamine: Special Edition on March 1, 2005 which will feature two all new tracks, covers of "Mr. Crowley", Bathory's "Bestial Lust" & "Devil Woman" with King Diamond, 2 previously unreleased tracks, all new & expanded artwork and the video for "Nymphetamine"

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Katatonia Confirm Live Dates

Sweden's KATATONIA have psoted the following update:

"During the following 6 months, we'll be very busy with the making of our new album. Nevertheless, we won't be locked up in the studio the entire time as we have just confirmed 3 live dates in march - the Metal Mania festivals, that will take place in Hungary, Czech and Poland. Other bands appearing on the bill are CRADLE OF FILTH, APOCALYPTICA, MOONSPELL etc. This will be only opportunity to catch the band for a long time, so show up and rock with us! Check concerns section for details.

Upcoming Katatonia live dates include:

03/10 at Petofi Hall in Budapest, Hungary at Metal Mania Fest
03/11 at Novesta in Zlin, Czech Republic at Metal Mania Fest
03/12 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland at Metal Mania Fest

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New Atrocity & Leaves' Eyes Drummer

The new drummer of ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES is Moritz Neuner (a.o. Graveworm, Darkwell, Abigor). The production of the new LEAVES' EYES record has just started and the first drumtakes are already done. Also ATROCITY work on songs for a new album.

On related news, Atrocity's frontman Alex Krull is currently working on a remix for the CRADLE OF FILTH's song "Nymphetamine" ( featuring guest vocalist LIV KRISTINE), which is one of the nominees in the Best Metal Performance category for the GRAMMY Award 2005.

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