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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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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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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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Is Metal Dangerous?

In an article on Valley Advocate, writer Katie Vrabel asks whether or not metal is dangerous. Did the murdering of Dimebag Darrell blacken the music industry? Several excerpts from the article:

Overall, the media treatment was respectful, but it also soon became clear that metal remains a black sheep. And maybe we like it that way, but sometimes the insults go too far. I'm a metalhead, so I take it personally. But in light of recent events (Abbott murdered; Satyricon's touring guitarists accused of rape; two stabbed at a Cradle of Filth concert) I've had to ask: Is metal really dangerous?

The science is on our side when it comes to the effects of "violent" music on daily life as well. Douglas Gentile, in his 2003 book, Media Violence and Children, concludes that listening to music has less of an effect on aggression than watching television and playing video games. He points out what should be obvious: that in cases where a metalhead commits an act of violence or suicide, real factors (depression, substance abuse, etc.), rather than musical taste, are to "blame." He notes that the majority of fans are not troublesome or troubled.

Today's metal is still dark, but is getting more sensitive, political, literary, mythology-inspired and nerdy all the time. Interest in Satan has waned. Bands that are basically white guys singing about graphic violence and violent sexuality exist, but are hardly a blip on the radar relative to what is popular and commercially viable.

As to the stereotypical portrayal of metal as the mouthpiece for the young, angry white male, critics should do themselves a favor and catch up with a genre that's moved beyond that.

Read the full article at Valley Advocate.

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"Alone In The Dark" Tracklisting Revealed

Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.

Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.

There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...

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Dark Tranquillity Records Video Message For Fans

On November 15th 2004 Dark Tranquillity's new “Lost To Apathy EP” was released through Century Media Records and received praise all over the globe, even managing to enter the official Swedish single charts at a very good position 47. Now it’s about time to introduce the upcoming seventh studio album “Character”, to be released January 24th 2005. Expect the best - because you’ll get the best!

The new massive Dark Tranquillity album “Character” is likely to be the most awaited Melodic Death Metal record since a very long time. We can assure that this album kicks serious ass, but also contains tons of great hooklines and a well-balanced mixture of pure aggression and fantastic melodies made for eternity. With “Character”, the Swedish six-piece have raised the bar to an almost unreachable height for their style’s “competitors”. You will get to hear and approve it: Simply check out the new song “Through Smudged Lenses” in the download section.

Mikael Stanne (Vocals) and Niklas Sundin (Guitar) just recently visited the German Century Media office and recorded a video message for their worldwide fan base: http://www.centurymedia.de/specials/dt_greetings.rm. More...

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Arch Enemy Issues Statement On Cancelled NYC Show

Arch Enemy has issued the following statement regarding their cancelled show with Cradle of Filth at the Irving Plaza, New York on Dec. 14:

We're here at the Irving Plaza as you know, and we've just been given some devastating news. The show has been cancelled tonight, due to reasons entirely beyond our control. We have been told that Dani from Cradle of Filth has been taken ill and they cannot do the show tonight. When the promoter found out, he decided to pull the entire show, even though Arch Enemy was more than ready and to go ahead and just play the show anyway. We talked with our friends in Bleeding Through and Himsa and they thought the same as us - we all wanted to play.

We are totally, totally gutted about this. We cannot believe this decision from the promoter, but we've been told there is NOTHING we (or anybody else) can do about it. Worst of all, it's a sold out show, so we know how many people will be disappointed. The guys from Himsa even got on the phone to other promoters and venues in the area, to see if we could all go and play a three band show somewhere else, but with such short notice it just isn't happening.

I just don't know what else to say, we are all sitting here stunned right now. This has been one of our best ever US tours, and to end it like this, totally powerless, just SUCKS BEYOND BELIEF!! We are so on fire right now, the last week of shows have been amazing, this one was shaping up to be even better! Talk about a total let-down.

As you can imagine it's total chaos at the venue right now, I'm gonna get kicked off this machine soon - no doubt there'll be more on this subject from me soon but as you know we're flying to London in the morning for our big show (at least there's still that to look forward to)! Anyway, just wanted to say 'sorry' to all our fans in NYC who were coming along to see us; I'm sure you'll understand that there was nothing we could do here, but we will be back to see you next year...

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Moonspell To Support Cradle Of Filth

Moonspell were invited by long time friends Cradle of Filth to support them on their upcoming European tour all across Europe, from North to South, from East to West, between the end of February and the beginning of April.

Here are the dates: More...

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47th Grammy Nominees Announced

The 2005 Grammy Nominations are in, and Cradle Of Filth, Killswitch Engage, Nickelback, and Slipknot are all in the hunt. The Nominations for BEST HARD ROCK and METAL performances are as follows:

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE:
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.) More...

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Another Cradle Of Filth Tour Report From Bassist

Cradle Of Filth is still on tour in the US in support of their latest release, "Nyphetamine." What's the latest from the road? Bassist Dave Pybus checks in with the following: More...

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Cradle Of Filth To Release Nymphetamine w/ Bonus

Cradle Of Filth are to release an expanded version of the 'Nymphetamine' album in March. This will feature a bonus disc with two new songs – 'Prey' and 'Soft White Thread' – three covers (including a cover of Cliff Richard's 'Devil Woman', with guest vocals from King Diamond), plus two re-mixes.

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Diver At CoF Concert Critically Injures Woman

Manny Gonzales of the Denver Post is reporting that Denver police are on the lookout for a man who dove into an audience during a Cradle Of Filth concert at the Ogden Theatre, critically injuring a 28-year-old New Mexico woman.

Valarie Markle, a waitress from Farmington, N.M., suffered a broken neck and was in intensive care Saturday at Denver Health Medical Center, her husband said.

Markle had undergone surgery recently, and there is concern she might be left partially paralyzed, her husband said.

"It didn't happen until the last few seconds of the last song," husband Tige Markle told the Denver Post Saturday. "We didn't even realize what was happening till the band walked off the stage."

The incident occurred late Monday (Nov. 22) during a performance by Cradle Of Filth, presented by MTV2 "Headbanger's Ball", at the venue at 935 E. Colfax Ave., police said.

A man described as heavy-set climbed atop a guard railing near the stage and jumped on top of the 5-foot-5, 150-pound woman, driving her head to the floor, police said.

The man then ran into the crowd and could not be found, police said.

Tige Markle said he was upset with concert security for not preventing the man from diving into the crowd. A representative of the theater could not be reached Saturday.

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Cradle Of Filth Confirms Vancouver In-Store

Cradle of Filth will be making an in-store appearance at Vancouver's Scrape Records on December 1, 2004 at 4 PM to meet and greet fans and sign autographs. The in-store signing session will be a great opportunity for everyone to get out there and meet the band. This marks Cradle of Filth's second appearance at Scrape Records.

Later that same night, Cradle of Filth will be performing live at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, headlining the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour. Supporting acts will be Arch Enemy, Bleeding Through, and Himsa.

For more information on the in-store, go here.

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