Band Photo: Cradle Of Filth (?)
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.
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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...
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.
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?' "
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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
4. Black Goddess Rises
5. Gothic Romance
6. Her Ghost In The Fog
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
Her Ghost in the Fog
No Time To Cry (SISTERS OF MERCY cover)
45 minutes of backstage documentary and interview with Dani
10 minutes of other documentary footage at a Virgin Megastore signing.
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:
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.
Just For Fun
BoingBoing.net has made a post, likely inspired by the most recent "Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time". The post contains several pictures for illustrative purposes as well as external links, so I will simply link to it here. The intruduction to the post starts like this:
"What is black metal? There are as many definitions as there are demons in Satan's subterranean condo. And like those hot-and-bothered helldwellers, Black Metal afficionados are a contentious lot -- sometimes even murdering one other over who is and isn't true to the genre."
BoingBoing.net posts all sorts of weird stories, and it's funny to see a stray Black Metal post, however devoid of real content.
A link contributed by a reader also worth a glance is this How to make your very own Black Metal band.
Cathedral are to support Cradle Of Filth on their upcoming UK tour. The tour dates are as follows:
December 1 - Southampton Guildhall
December 2 - Norwich UEA
December 3 - London Kentish Town Forum
December 5 - Cardiff University
December 6 - Birmingham Academy
December 8 - Glasgow Academy
December 9 - Newcastle Academy
December 10 - Leeds University
December 11 - Manchester Academy
December 12 - Nottingham Rock City
BLOODY MARY, from Italy, one of the first bands signed to Dave Pybus' (CRADLE OF FILTH) label, SixSixSix Records, spoke with Morley Seaver of antiMUSIC about things ranging from police chases, working with Dave Pybus, to going to the bar. BLOODY MARY's album is out now in North America via The End Records. To read the interview with Aldebran, click here.
Just For Fun
It's been a year since Mike of Ruthlessreviews.com posted his famous Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. He has just recently followed this up with (The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. These are humorous must-read pages for any metalhead who can laugh at metal and/or black metal (whether a fan of it or not).
CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Greetings fans, friends, fiends and boys and ghouls of all persuasions.
"Things have been going exceptionally well in the CRADLE OF FILTH camp of late, with the American airing of 'Viva La Bam' being shown for public consumption at the beginning of the month; (we're pursuing the European showing date even as this is being written... )
"And, more importantly we have over sixty per cent of the new album under our belts; including the following laments... 'I Am The Thorn', 'Lovesick For Mina', 'The Byronic Man', 'Cemetery And Sundown', 'Libertina Grimm', 'The Flora Of Nightfall, The Fauna Of War' and 'Dirge Inferno', to name but a few. There will also be a band instrumental on this new musical opus, which, although remaining untitled as yet, will be a first for the band in its eleven year career. The initial start date for recording the album is scheduled for October 10th. More...
The 2005 Kerrang Awards nominations have been announced at this year's Day Of Rock. In the middle of sets by Bullet For My Valentine, InMe, Nine Black Alps, Towers Of London and The Mascara Story, Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan named Green Day and System Of A Down as leaders of the pack, with five nominations apiece. Coming a close second were My Chemical Romance with four nominations, including Best Band. The winners will be announced at the Kerrang! Awards on August 25 - to vote for your favourites, head for www.kerrangawards.com.
The full nominations are: More...
In episode #306 of MTV's Viva La Bam, titled "Where's Vito," Cradle Of Filth is featured performing. Tune in next Sunday (July 31st) to watch.
Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:
1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell
The DVD will be available in September.
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."