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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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Opeth, COF Perform At Rock Am Ring, Videos Posted

A video clip of OPETH performing the songs "The Grand Conjuration", "Closure" and the first part of "Deliverance" live at the Rock am Ring festival in Nürburgring, Germany on Saturday, June 3 has been posted online at this location.

Sharing the main stage that night were England's CRADLE OF FILTH. Videos for "Medusa and Hemlock" and "Born in a Burial Gown" can be viewd here.

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New Cradle Of Filth Album Cover Banned In US

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have posted the following message on their official web site:

"The new CRADLE OF FILTH album cover for their forthcoming album 'Thornography' has been banned in the U.S. The record company [Roadrunner Records] have insisted on new artwork being produced, so the band are currently working on this and the new artwork will be posted on the COF site in the next few days. At this time we are not sure if and how many booklets have been produced with the banned artwork on them."

As previously reported, "Thornography" is scheduled for release on September 19 via Roadrunner Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Libertina Grim", "Tonight in Flames", "Cemetery and Sundown", "I Am the Thorn", "The Byronic Man" (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.'s Ville Valo) and "Temptation".

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Callenish Circle To Support CoF In Holland

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have been confirmed as the support atc for CRADLE OF FILTH on their only Benelux club date on Thursday, June 1 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

CALLENISH CIRCLE's new album, "[Pitch.Black.Effects]", was released in the U.S. in January via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2003's "My Passion // Your Pain" was recorded at aRe U Recordings in Holland under the supervision of producer Gail Liebling (mastermind behind GAIL OF GOD). The final mix was done at Antfarm Studio in Denmark with Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, ILLDISPOSED, MNEMIC). Mastering duties were handled once again by Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound in Germany. Last but not least, the complete artwork was created by Danish artist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie of Cadaverman Media.

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Cradle of Filth Bassist Joins Angtoria

ANGTORIA, the new Swedish/British orchestral/metal band formed by female singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), composer Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), have announced the addition of CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus and MY OWN GRAVE drummer John Henriksson to the group's lineup. Both Pybus and Henriksson participated in the making of the band's recent video for the track "God Has A Plan For Us All" with up-and-coming, award-winning Swedish director Måns Berthas, while Pybus also made an appearance on the group's debut CD of the same name. A detailed video diary can be found at Angtoria.com.

"God Has A Plan For Us All" was released in Europe last month via Listenable Records. The mixing process for the CD began on January 14, with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, MESHUGGAH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, BEHEMOTH) stepping in during the initial phase, and Tommy and Chris completing the mix at Sidelake studios with Micke Öhlén. The mastering was finished February 14 at the Cutting Room in Stockholm by Björn Engelmann, who has previously worked with RAMMSTEIN, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, DIMMU BORGIR and WITHIN TEMPTATION, among others. The initial cover concept/idea was developed by Sarah. The CD is available in two versions: a standard jewel case version and a digipack version with a bonus track.

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Cradle of Filth Frontman Explains New Album Title

The following message was posted on CRADLE OF FILTH's official web site:

"Seing as the title 'Thornography' for the new album was released without our knowledge a few days ago, CradleOfFilth.com asked the band direct for an exclusive explanation as to what it means."

Commented frontman Dani Filth: "This title represents mankind's obsession with sin and self. The thorn combines images of that which troubled Christ, the crown of thorns, thus intimating man's seeming desire to hurt God and also, of the protecting thorn and the need to enclose a secret place or the soul from attack. An addiction to self-punishment or something equally poisonous. A mania. Twisted desires. Barbed dreams. A fetish. An obsession with cruelty. Savage nature. Paganism over Christianity. The title can also represent a sexual attraction to religious iconography as in the case of the 'possessed' Lourdon nuns.

"I like the title because to me it invokes images of a darker, sexier pre-Raphaelite scene wherein Sleeping Beauty's castle is won and she is awoken by a poisonous kiss. A darker adult faerytale."

As previously reported, "Thornography" is scheduled for release on September 19 via Roadrunner Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Libertina Grim", "Tonight in Flames", "Cemetery and Sundown", "I Am the Thorn", "The Byronic Man" (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.'s Ville Valo) and "Temptation".

The follow-up to 2004's "Nymphetamine", "Thornography" was recorded at Lincolnshire, England's Chapel studios with producer Rob Caggiano (BLEEDING THROUGH, ANTHRAX).

"I'm not saying it's 'experimental,' but we're definitely testing the limits of what we can do," CRADLE frontman Dani Filth recently told Revolver magazine about the new CD. "This is our sixth or seventh record, so we're trying to spice things up to keep the marriage going!"

"We were hungry to write again," Filth added. Once we finished all our tours [in 2005], we spent the summer just writing. Nobody really throught about where it was going, which is why I think it's really fresh sounding. A lot of the songs are really rhythmical — thrashy, almost — but they're all also really catchy."

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Cradle of Filth's "Thornography" Release Date Set

Cradle of Filth's forthcoming album, Thornography, will hit stores September 19 via Roadrunner Records. Look for it to include "Libertina Grim," "Tonight in Flames," "Cemetery and Sundown," "I Am the Thorn," "The Byronic Man" (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.'s Ville Valo) and "Temptation."

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Angtoria To Shoot Their First Video

Angtoria will soon start filming their first music video as a part of the worldwide promotion for their album due to be released on Listenable Records April 27th. The video will be filmed during 3 days at two different locations, and director of the video is an upcoming and very talented Swedish director who has previously won awards for his work, Måns Berthas. On April 19th Sarah Jezebel, Dave Pybus (ex- Cradle Of Filth) and Toni Davey (Dani's wife and album cover model), will fly to Sweden to join Chris and Tommy and a yet to be revealed drummer to shoot the video for the title track "God Has A Plan For Us All".

"The song is based around child abuse by a religious person, which in turn leads the girl to madness because of years of mental torture through the offender getting away with what he has done to her. Putting images to lyrics like these is quite difficult without getting banned by every tv station, but we will sure try to portray the lyrics in images as much as possible. Chris´s young daughter Saga will play the child and Toni will obviously play the girl as older. This is to show the deterioration from start to finish of the girls life."

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Cradle Of Filth Drummer To Perform At NAMM

Cradle of Filth drummer Adrian Erlandsson will be performing at the 2006 Winter NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants), which runs between January 19 and January 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Adrian will be playing at the Pearl Drums booth on Friday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m.

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Listen To Underworld: Evolution Soundtrack Online

AOL Music held an online listening party for the 'Underworld Evolution' soundtrack, on Tuesday January 10. You can still listen to all the songs online here. The complete Underworld: Evolution Soundtrack tracklisting is as follows:

01 - Puscifer - "The Undertaker" (Renholder Mix)
02 - Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) vs. Julien-K - "Morning After"
03 - Hawthorne Heights - "Where Do I Stab Myself In The Ears" (The Legion Of Doom Remix)
04 - My Chemical Romance - "To The End" (RnR Cheryl Mix)
05 - Slipknot - "Vermillion Pt. 2" (Bloodstone Mix)
06 - Alkaline Trio - "Burn" (Alleged Remix)
07 - Aiden - "The Last Sunrise" (Dusk Mix)
08 - Senses Fail - "Bite To Break Skin" (The Legion Of Doom Remix)
09 - Atreyu - "Her Portrait In Black"
10 - Trivium - "Washing Away Me In The Tides"
11 - Mendozza - "Eternal Battle"
12 - Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
13 - Gosling - "Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)"
14 - Bobby Gold - "Why Are You Up"
15 - Meat Beat Manifesto - "Suicide"
16 - Cradle Of Filth - "HW2"

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Dani Filth Updates On New Cradle Of Filth Album

Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth has offered the following studio update via the band's official web site:

"Dear loyal readership, friends and would-be English metal journalists,
The time has come once again to update your good selves on the activities and nocturnal emissions of the band as we approach our fourth week here at The Chapel studios in the pounding verdant heart of Lincolnshire.

"Well, firstly, before I continue with matters of the band, my girlfriend of fourteen years, Toni, and I were married on Hallowe'en in our hometown of Ipswich with a few close friends and our daughter Luna present. My mother, having left for India that very same day, obviously couldn't be there, so we felt it best that our vastly extended families should be told about it after the fact and in the better interests of sibling harmony. The day itself was supplemented with copious amounts of champagne, a posh lunch and a three-hour limo ride to a pre-planned Hallowe'en party that carried on right through to the next day somewhere in the bonfire-lit depths of Norfolk. Our celebrations will then have to abate until the 28th (which is Toni's birthday and fortuitously also the last date of the studio before the tour) and then until we get to our house in India for the Xmas break (I'd like to see Santa get down that fucking chimney!). So that's that, we're officially Mr and Mrs Filth until death do us prat, sorry, part.

"Right, back onto the bloody album then. More...

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Dust Feat. Nick Barker EP Available For Download

DUST has just recorded an EP featuring Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) on drums in the UK this past September. It was produced by Greg Brimson (RAMMSTEIN, METALLICA) and engineered by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH). The band expects it will be mastered by John Cornfield, with tentative release date for the US on Wednesday, January 25th of 2006.

Brimson describes the initial album demo as “Pure genius”, with Barker adding, “It made all the hairs on my body stand up.” Following the month-long recording, Barker has now confirmed he has joined DUST.

The demo will be available for free download from the band’s site at this location until the date of release.

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Cradle of Filth Record Covers, New Album

Cradle of Filth have spent the last month toiling the days away inside Lincolnshire, England's Chapel Studios, working on what will be the band's seventh LP — which is being slated for an early June release through Roadrunner Records. Before Cradle of Filth began working on the as-yet-untitled outing, frontman Dani Filth said the band recorded a cover of Samhain's "Halloween II," which will appear on the soundtrack to the forthcoming film "Underworld: Evolution." When the new disc arrives in stores, fans will hear two very interesting covers the Filth's been perfecting: U.K. techno-pop trio Heaven 17's "Temptation" and "Stay" by Shakespear's Sister.

"We picked those because they are interesting," Filth said. "It's going to be a challenge, and that's the whole point. If you're going to do something, don't just do it for the sake of doing it. It has to be something you can make your own."

The band's reunited with Rob Caggiano (Bleeding Through, Anthrax), who produced 2004's Nymphetamine and 2003's Damnation and a Day, and at this point in the process, Filth said "all the drum and bass tracks are pretty much done, and I've already started recording vocals." The Filth will work on the album until the end of the month before breaking for a two-week U.K. tour; they'll reconvene on the sessions in mid-January.

The album, he said, will end up containing about 10 tracks, including "Libertina Grim," "Lovesick for Mina," "The Byronic Man" and "Cemetery and Sundown."

"This record heightens our rhythm, and there are lots of cool off-beats. It's just as meandering as much of our stuff, but there are also some really catchy tracks there," Filth said. "I've introduced more sing-y type parts. It's a bigger, better-sounding Cradle of Filth, and more direct and to the point."

The band's DVD, "Peace Through Superior Firepower," which hits stores November 22, features Filth's #1 fan, Bam Margera, skating and causing his usual mayhem at the start of the "Postcards From Vulgaria" documentary. And Filth says he caught some slack from his peers for the move, as he does for the whole Margera connection. His response? "I just say, 'F--- you. We'll choose our bloody friends. I get on well with the guy — so what?' "

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Angtoria Sign With Listenable Records

Swedish/Uk based orchestral metal band ANGTORIA has as a result of their collaboration with Fortress Music And Artist Management teamed up with Listenable Records and signed a record deal! Formed in July 2004, this female fronted band consist of singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (known from Cradle Of Filth, Therion, Mortiis etc), musician/composer Chris Rehn (Abyssos) and musician/composer Tommy Rehn (Moahni Moahna). Having already recieved numerous top rated reviews and awards for their demo in magazines all over the world, the collaboration with Listenable Records will reveal their awaited debut album scheduled to be released worldwide in spring 2006.

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Dani Filth Comments On Offensive T-Shirt Saga

CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth has commented on the report published in the October 18, 2005 edition of the Metro newspaper that a British teenage heavy metal fan has been handed a community service order for wearing a CRADLE OF FILTH t-shirt.

Adam Shepherd, 19, was reportedly convicted under new anti-hate laws which ban people from displaying religiously insulting signs.

The teenager was arrested after a woman complained to police when she saw his shirt, which shows a picture of a nun in a pornographic pose. On the back is a comment about Jesus (view the t-shirt design at this location). The top was being worn by Shepherd's girlfriend when a police officer approached her. As soon as the teenager realized there was a problem, he told the officer it was his and swapped tops with his girlfriend. But he refused to take it off or cover it up and was arrested.

Shepherd, who bought the shirt in his hometown of Weymouth, Dorset, admitted the charge. Weymouth magistrates gave him 80 hours community service and told him to pay £40 costs (approx. $71).

Speaking to Kerrang! magazine, Dani Filth said, "It is with some concern that poor Adam's plight is acknowledged. Defaming organized religion openly in public is now a crime? What is wrong with England? Still, the litter problem on our city streets should improve dramatically if they keep handing out 80-odd hour community punishment orders willy-nilly. The country will be spotless in no time, a sure sign that God works in mysterious ways, even through us!"

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Dragonlord Announce US Tour Dates

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingstone (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT), have lined up the following U.S. dates during October/November:

Oct. 29 - Jimmy Z's - Everett, WA
Oct. 31 - The Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Nov. 04 - The Reverb Room – Toronto, ONT
Nov. 05 - Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Nov. 06 - Continental – New York, NY
Nov. 09 - Whisky a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 10 – Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
Nov. 12 - The Pound SF – San Francisco, CA

DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", will be released in the U.S. on October 25 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

DRAGONLORD performed on July 23 at the Earthshaker Fest in Geiselwind, Germany, where they showcased some of the new material and filmed footage for an upcoming DVD.

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CoF Bassist Explains Return To Band

Morley Seaver of antiMusic.com recently conducted an interview with CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

antiMusic: So you're back in CRADLE. Why did you leave earlier this year and why have you returned?

Dave Pybus: "I left in January 2005 on the eve of the European tour. I just needed a break. I'd become less tolerant of people around me and it wasn't healthy for me to be in a situation where, say, I was gonna walk off a tour. I returned about six months later when the band asked me to come up to the studio and listen to the new material they had written and see if I could join in with that. I loved the new stuff and had some ideas... so it just went from there, really. It's great to be playing with them again. We all have a great deal of respect for each other and it's turning out to be fun writing this new record together."

antiMusic: If you had grown a bit weary of the pace, what has changed during your brief sojourn away? You're presently writing the new record. The DVD is just about done. You did the Bam [Margera] thing this summer. On top of that, Dani [Filth] recently got married. You've signed on to continue your role as webmaster. It doesn't sound like the schedule has gotten easier.

Dave Pybus: "Well, no... CRADLE is a wild horse and you just have to try ride it as long as possible before you get bucked off. But I'd say what I do bring back to the line-up is dependability and my playing is pretty consistent and that's what you need from a bass player. He, along with the drums, are the backbone of the band. We are there to be built upon and I'd say I'm quite reliable in that sense. The webmaster work has opened me up to a lot of learning new things which can be quit daunting at first. Pretty time consuming stuff but I enjoy that too."

antiMusic: Can you give us a sneak peek at the songs for the new record? Any titles yet and does the material continue in the same vein as the stellar "Nymphetamine"?

Dave Pybus: "It's a progression from 'Nymphetamine' in regards to catchy songs with some hooks and lots of good ideas. We have most of the material written now... near on 15-16 tracks... with a few more still to be completed with arrangements. We are also trying out a few new ideas. All good."

antiMusic: Is Rob Caggiano producing once again? What is it about him that agrees with CRADLE OF FILTH?

Dave Pybus: "I think Rob is still doing the new record yes. I hope so... I love working with Rob. He's got a youth and understanding for CRADLE and I can trust him (to re-record all my parts when I'm away haha... )... with the sound. It's gonna be great to work with Rob for the third record in a row. He must be crazy haha. Well, without a doubt, he is crazy."

antiMusic: So what's the gameplan for CRADLE for the next little while?

Dave Pybus: "Get in the studio... recording the new album... there's a 10-date U.K. tour and then break for Christmas and then finish the record. Touring starts in May/June next year all over the place."

antiMusic: Is your relationship with Roadrunner still a good one?

Dave Pybus: "Depends which department you are talking to. [Laughs]. I love everyone there that I've had the chance to meet or work with so far. I was flattered to be asked to appear on the 'All Stars' CD with Joey [Jordison] and Peter Steele and Josh and Steve from 36 CRAZYFISTS. Like a highlight of my career there. Thanks to my friends at Roadrunner, they made it possible for me to fly out to Iowa and do that at such short notice."

Read the full article at antimusic.com.

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Former COF Guitarist Joins Dragonlord

Former CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Gian Pyres will be joining DRAGONLORD — the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingstone (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT) — for a U.S. tour starting in November this year.

Gian, who was last seen playing guitar for CHRISTAN DEATH back in 2003 when they toured Europe with THEATRES DES VAMPIRES, commented, "I'm esctatic about playing black metal with these top-class musicians. It's gonna be good to be back on tour."

DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", is available now via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

DRAGONLORD performed on July 23 at the Earthshaker Fest in Geiselwind, Germany, where they showcased some of the new material and filmed footage for an upcoming DVD.

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More News On Cradle Of Filths New DVD

More details have been released for CRADLE OF FILTH's new DVD, Peace Through Superior Firepower", due out October 30th through Roadrunner Records.

90 minutes of live performance shot on April 2nd, 2005 at Elysee Montmartre Paris

Concert track listing:

1. Gilded Cunt
2. Nemesis
3. Mannequin
4. Black Goddess Rises
5. Gothic Romance
6. Her Ghost In The Fog
7. Nymphetamine
8. Tortured Soul Asylum
9. The Forest Whispers My Name
10. Bruise Upon The Silent Moon
11. The Promise of Fever
12. 13 Autumns and a Widow
13. Mother of Abominations
14. Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette
15. From The Cradle to Enslave

6 promo videos:

A Promise of Fever
Babylon AD
Her Ghost in the Fog
No Time To Cry (SISTERS OF MERCY cover)

Image Gallery

Backstage Footage

45 minutes of backstage documentary and interview with Dani
10 minutes of other documentary footage at a Virgin Megastore signing.

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More Cradle Of Filth DVD Details Revealed

Cradle Of Filth are set to release "Peace Through Superior Firepower", their debut DVD for Roadrunner Records on October 31st (November 1st in North America).

Compiled by the band's frontman, Dani Filth and guitarist Paul Allender, the DVD features the band's theatrical show, shot in Paris at the Elysee Montmartre on April 2nd this year. Also included is an hour of documentary style "behind the scenes" footage with the band spanning the last 3 years of the band's existence. It includes extensive band interviews and an insight into life on the road, shot on their recent tours.

Special extras include six of the band's sumptuous promotional videos - "Her Ghost In The Fog", "The Promise of Fever", "Babalon A.D.", "Mannequin", "No Time To Cry" and "Nymphetamine", featuring guest vocalist, Liv Kristine. Also included is a photo gallery and a hidden 'easter egg' piece for fans to hunt out.

The tracklisting for the DVD is as follows:

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Former Cradle of Filth/Himsa Members In Project

Matt Wicklund (guitar; ex-HIMSA), Martin Powell (keyboards; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, MY DYING BRIDE) and James McIlroy (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) have joined forces in a brand-new project called PREY. After leaving all of their former bands, Wicklund, Powell and McIlroy contacted each other and found that they shared a common musical vision. (Matt, Martin and James had become friends after spending several weeks touring together on the MTV2 "Headbanger's Ball" tour last winter.) This vision manifested itself early September in their London and Sheffield writing sessions. Several "melodic, thrashy, groove-driven, thick-sounding pieces of pure metal" have been written and "everyone is ecstatic," according to a press release. The rest of the band lineup will be announced in late December/early January.

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