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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 Releases New Music Video

U.K. symphonic extreme act Cradle of Filth released the first taste of the upcoming new album "Hammer of the Witches" (expected July 10th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records). Check out the music video for the new track ""Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" in the player below.

The track list for the album is:

1. Walpurgis Eve
2. Yours Immortally…
3. Enshrined In Crematoria
4. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
5. Blackest Magick In Practice
6. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
7. Hammer Of The Witches
8. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
9. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell

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Cradle Of Filth Reveals Album Track Listing

The barbarous hellhounds from Cradle Of Filth recently announced the completion of 11th studio album "Hammer Of The Witches," recorded at the haunted Grindstone Studios.

"Hammer Of The Witches" will be released on jewelcase CD, limited edition digipak, a mail order edition, and 2LP vinyl formats. The album’s title is named after the "Malleus Maleficarum," a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributive: the hammer is the witch's hands now.

Pre-order are available at this location, and the track listing for the jewel case version will be as follows:

01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined In Crematoria
04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
05. Blackest Magick In Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
07. Hammer Of The Witches
08. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell More...

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Cradle Of Filth Unveils New Album Artwork

Cradle Of Filth today unveils the alluring yet harrowing cover artwork for upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled "Hammer Of The Witches." Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative cover:

“The artwork for 'Hammer Of The Witches' was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty... and horror.”

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths, and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts: More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Update On New Album

Cradle Of Filth has now fully entered the mixing stage for upcoming new album "Hammer Of The Witches."

The iconic British band also just finished filming a video for the album track "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" over a long weekend at a former U.S. Airbase in Suffolk.

The impending album - out via Nuclear Blast in the Summer - is inspired by the 1486 treatise on the prosecution of witches by Heinrich Kramer and subtitled "Goetic Justice," as the theme is one of violent revenge for violent persecution. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Shooting New Video

Cradle Of Filth - which is currently embroiled in the mixing stage of new opus nocturne "Hammer Of The Witches" - was assembled this weekend on the coast of Suffolk, England, undertaking a video for the forthcoming single "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" with director Sam Scott-Hunter. The 'Filth had this to say about the upcoming clip:

"The ultra-frenetic performance took place over two days at the former U.S. military base of Bentwaters, Rendlesham Forest (site of the UK's most prolific UFO encounter), firstly in an old fire station now used primarily in the film industry, and then in a creepy looking hangar that was once used for testing fighter jet engines...

"More pictures from the video shoot to follow as the week progresses. Tomorrow, some kinky bondage is being filmed on a farmstead near the Duxford war museum. Don't ask...." More...

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Dani Filth Checks In From The Studio

Cradle Of Filth is busy recording an upcoming album titled "Hammer Of The Witches" to follow the group's previous full-length "The Manticore and Other Horrors."

Today the band checked in with this studio session update:

"Cradle Of Filth drain man Dani Filth is now halfway through the vocal session for 'Hammer Of The Witches,' Cradle's forthcoming opus nocturne unleashed on Nuclear Blast records, June 2015.

"The intense nature of the album has seen the singer take a short break for restuperation, following a fortnight of ballistic vocal abuse deep in the dankest backwaters of the Witch County Countryside.

"Following the album's completion, Cradle Of Filth's first foray into this year's extensive touring commitments will be at Pulp Summer Slam at Quezon City in the Philippines, on April 25th. Watch Facebook for more details on upcoming shows and the much-anticipated album hextraordinaire." More...

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Studio Update

Currently working on the follow-up to "The Manticore And Other Horrors" (reviewed here), U.K. outfit Cradle Of Filth has now issued the following update from the studio:

"Cradle Of Filth guitarist hextraordinaire Rich 'Haunted' Shaw has now finished tracking all his guitar tracks for the upcoming 2015 opus nocturne, code-named 'Hammer Of The Witches,' out 26th June via Nuclear Blast... And it's sounding (un)holy fucking awesome to boot!

"Next week Richard will be back in deepest, darkest Suffolk and Grindstone studios for a couple of days of solos and lead overdubs, then it will be the turn of Scottish bassist Daniel Firth to add his prowess to the general evil melee.

"Stay tuned for further updates on this musickal misadventure, which promises to be Cradle's most anticipated release to date prior to a long, dirty black Summer of European festival appearances before the band head off to the States for the Autumn equinox."

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Cradle Of Filth Issues Album Update

Cradle Of Filth has checked in with the following update about recording a new full-length album due out this year:

"Monday 5th January bears irrevocable witness to Cradle Of Filth's Richard Shaw - Guitarist entering Grindstone studios in deepest, darkest Suffolk, England, to add his carnivorous licks to the forthcoming Cradle album; codename 'Hammer Of The Witches.'

"So far Martin 'Marthus' Skaroupka and Marek 'Ashok' Smerda have delivered their all to the dark cacophonous brew, now Richard's time has come to shine like a well-polished retaliatory nuclear strike button.

"The album is sounding amazing thus far, and should sound even fuller by the end of next week, when Richard finishes his guitar parts and vacates the luxurious werewolf-assailed country barn pad to make way for bassist Daniel Firth Music to rally forth from bonny Scotland. Album excretion date: 26th June via Nuclear Blast Records."

The "Hammer of the Witches" album will follow previous 2012 full-length release "The Manticore And Other Horrors" (reviewed here).

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Dani Filth Will Count You Down To The New Year

Cradle Of Filth has checked in with the following announcement about Dani Filth hosting a DJ set tonight to count down to the new year:

"Happy bloody new year from Cradle Of Filth and Devilment! Half-eaten mince pie Dani Filth will be counting down the hours to the New Year TONIGHT, with a six hour DJ set for Kerrang! Radio starting at 7pm and continuing through until well after the chimes of Midnight.

"Wishing you a Filthy New Year: The one and only Dani Filth is here to help you give 2014 a very metal sending off! You can listen in online at this location on Freeview channel 717 or on DAB in London.

"Mr. Filth will be injecting a whole wad of his own metal madness into the fray, as well as playing the best stuff from this year's raucous releases (including three Devilment tracks) and of course, blasting out some proper heavy metal classics to boot! Listen in, if you dare!"

Cradle Of Filth's new album, tentatively titled "Hammer Of The Witches," will drop in the Summer of 2015.

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Cradle Of Filth Announces Date And Working Title

U.K. extreme metal act Cradle of Filth announced that the process of recording the new album is underway at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk. The album will be released on June 26, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records and has the working title of "Hammer of the Witches." The 10 song album will be issued in various editions, including a special addition with added bonus material.

The update came via the following post on the band's Facebook page: "Everyone's favourite gilded c**ts Cradle of Filth are in the process of recording their latest opus nocturne at Grindstone Studios in deepest, dankest, darkest Suffolk for a Summer release of June 26th 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

"The album, adorned with the working title of 'Hammer Of The Witches', will feature ten tracks, with a special edition featuring original bonus material to accompany it."

The album will be the first for new guitar team Marek Šmerda (a/k/a Ashok) and Rich Shaw, who joined the band this year and keyboardist/vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft, who joined in 2013. More information is expected shortly. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Working On New Album

After having worked with the band for several years in the United States already, it is with great pleasure that Nuclear Blast Records can officially announce the worldwide signing of Great Britain's Cradle Of Filth. Iconic vocalist Dani Filth had this to say on the subject:

"Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way back in 1996 as a viable label option, after we left Cacophonous records. He barely missed out due to the close proximity to the band of Music For Nations, the label that Cradle stayed with until 2001. Now, not only do Nuclear Blast have offices all over the world, but the one in London is actually dead opposite to the old MFN building! Which is weird!

"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history. Next year is going to be a massive year for the band and the black flags start flying here, with the announcement of our unholy union with Nuclear Blast who have already done great things with my Witch County band, Devilment."

Cradle Of Filth just returned from a successful run through Russia and will hit the studio to begin recording the successor of 2012's "The Manticore And Other Horrors" (reviewed here) later this month. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Streaming "Total Fucking Darkness"

Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a stream of "Total Fucking Darkness" (reviewed here), the third demo from U.K. extreme metal miscreants, Cradle of Filth, which was just re-issued with bonus material. You can listen in to the full release below.

The grim revival of "Total Fucking Darkness" was directed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder, Frater Nihil, who first signed Cradle Of Filth.

Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the assistance of engineer Tim Turan, "Total Fucking Darkness" comes available as a digipak CD and double gatefold LP via Mordgrimm. For more info on the release, check out our in-depth interview with Dani Filth right here. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Rapes Your Faith

In anticipation of the imminent release of "Total Fucking Darkness," the infamous third demo from Cradle of Filth, today Decibel Magazine spews forth a premiere of "The Raping Of Faith." Check it out below.

An undertaking directed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years, "Total Fucking Darkness" will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm on May 5th.

Crowned "the rawest version of the band you are going to find," by Stereokiller and, "an account of the early days of one of black metal's biggest bands," by Echoes And Dust, "Total Fucking Darkness" was given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the assistance of engineer Tim Turan. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Streaming Track From Demo Re-Issue

In celebration of its forthcoming release, today the crypt keepers at Revolvermag.com spew forth "Unbridled At Dusk" from "Total Fucking Darkness," the third demo from notorious U.K. extreme metal legion, Cradle Of Filth.

Comments Dani Filth on the track: "This song was written in the encroaching Autumn of 1992 and was the executioner's block upon which we built the demo that started our career.

"Everything about this song is deep, dark and unbridled, a maxim that has steered the Cradle through twenty-two years of uncharted waters to the band we are today. And the raucous noise we make!"

An undertaking spearheaded by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan. and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil (who first signed Cradle of Filth) in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years, "Total Fucking Darkness" will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm this Spring. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Guitarist Issues Surgery Update

Last week Cradle Of Filth announced that guitarist James McIlroy would be undergoing surgery, but now Dani Filth has issued the following update about the procedure being cancelled:

"Greetings Filthlings! Remember last week that I told you all about guitarist James Mcllroy's career-changing neck surgery? Well, it seems there was one massive fucking complication. I'll leave it to James himself to explain, by way of an email he sent me yesterday evening... (Please see below).

"I hope you join (with the rest of the band and I) in wishing him all the very best in overcoming this horrible situation he finds himself embroiled in."

James comments:

"Hi Dani, right now I should have been coming to from surgery that would have fixed the pain in my back and arm that has plagues me for years. However, things did not go according to plan this morning and I am left sitting here, back at square one this evening.

"Last night I went into hospital, got admitted, got given a bed and had a few tests done, and one last MRI scan. Everything was set, and this morning, after having not slept all night (hospitals aren't exactly fun to sleep in) I was going through the operation prep this morning, had my ECG, had psyched myself up and was all ready to go with 30 minutes to an hour until they were going to take me in when suddenly i found out that the disc replacement surgery to them meant inserting a small cage in place of the damaged disc and then letting the bones fuse together. Now neck fusion is not what I had believed was going to happen for the past 9 months since the diagnosis, and from everything I have read about it reduces neck mobility and ends up with the other discs getting worn resulting in needing more fusions. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Guitarist Undergoing Surgery

Cradle of Filth has issued the following announcement about guitarist James McIlroy undergoing surgery:

"Tomorrow, March the fifteenth, James Mcilroy, guitar hairwolf, will be having the delicate operation to repair his spine carried out, the very same shit that has kept him absent from the recent tour of Europe, and caused him so much pain over playing the last few years.

"Pressed, though obviously not too heavily, on the subject, James had this to say when he emailed me this evening with the news...

Anyway I am going into hospital today as they've graciously decided to give me a bed, and will be going into surgery tomorrow late morning or early afternoon. Operation lasts about 3-5 hours, and I should be back among the living on Sunday. It kind of goes something like this:

All the support, and well wishes from across the world, the band and crewdle has been amazing, and I couldn't wish for more support in my quest to obtain a similar 360 degree head movement of an owl (if you're going to get part of your neck replaced, you may as well upgrade)! After this, I'll also technically be more metal...

Thanks to everyone, and see you on the other side, ready to fucking rock!

"I hope you all can join with the band in wishing him well in advance of the operation and in a speedy recovery. We miss the lashing windmills!"

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Cradle Of Filth To Write New Album

In addition to the re-issuing of "Total Fucking Darkness," Cradle of Filth has checked in with the following update about starting work on a new album:

"The European tour was a massive success and decidedly awesome to slay the least! Hence this quick post to thank everyone for coming out in support of the band... You 'orrible lot were great and certainly pepped up our performances! So thank you all once again from the bottom of our filthy hearts (or indeed the heart of our filthy bottoms!) and see you all later in the year! More dates pending...

"Plus, we will begin to write the new album shortly, which promises to be an absolute blinder, enflamed as we are from playing an Old Skool set for the last nineteen shows!"

Cradle of Filth was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column as part of Black Metal History Month, and this upcoming album will follow previous full-length "The Manticore and Other Horrors" (reviewed here).

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Sunday Old School: BMHM Part 4. Cradle Of Filth

Controversy is a word that has appeared so many times over the past month’s columns. Whether it be the blasphemy displayed by Behemoth, the violent acts of some Gorgoroth members, or simply the name of Rotting Christ. However, today we’ll look at a band that caused controversy in a different fashion, when they brought black metal into the mainstream. The group labelled responsible for this supposed crime against metal, is English natives, Cradle of Filth. Cradle of Filth were formed in Ipswich, Suffolk, one of the most eastern counties of Britain, in 1991 by vocalist Dani Filth, guitar player, Paul Ryan, drummer Darren White, bassist Jon Pritchard and keyboard player, Benjamin Ryan. By the end of the next year, the band had recorded two demos, "Invoking the Unclean" and "Orgiastic Pleasures Foul," as well as a split release with Malediction. They soon signed with Tombstone Records and recorded their first album, "Goetia," although this was never released owing to the collapse of the label and the recordings being wiped, forcing the band to seek another record company.

Following another demo, "Total Fucking Darkness," which featured their new second guitarist Paul Allender and a new bassist named, Robin Graves, the band were picked up by Cacophonous Records, who marked a first release themselves with the debut Cradle album, "The Principle of Evil Made Flesh." The record also marked the recording debut of their new drummer, Nicholas Barker and featured a then unusual mesh of black metal and gothic influences, which helped grab the attention of critics who heaped praise upon the album. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Reissuing "Total Fucking Darkness"

On May 5th, after more than 20 years, "Total Fucking Darkness" - the infamous third demo from the Cradle of Filth - will be officially released in vinyl format. Housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with paintings featuring the twisted visions of Radio One Presenter and occult artist, Daniel P. Carter, the release will include some tracks previously unreleased by the band.

Frater Nihil, the founder of Cacophonous Records - the label that first signed Cradle of Filth - got together with Dani Filth and Paul Ryan (former guitarist and now in The King is Blind) to bring fans of the band, both old and new, a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for 20 years.

The album kicks off with the track "Spattered in Faeces," the only surviving track from the "Goetia" sessions, followed on Side A and the rest of Side B with the recordings from "Total Fucking Darkness." Side C begins with another previously unreleased track, "Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli)," recorded at Samhain 1992, the rest of the side and the next feature the other three tracks from that session, along with two short instrumental pieces from the band's former keyboardist, Ben Ryan.

There will be a press of 666 copies in coloured vinyl for retail, with a Digipak CD version also available. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Cradle Of Filth Checks In From Behemoth Tour

Cradle of Filth frontman, Dani Filth has posted an update from the road, as the band tour across Europe with Polish extreme metallers, Behemoth. His message reads as follows:

"The co-headline European tour with BEHEMOTH is going great, from a sold-out show at the London Forum to a furious headline gig in Paris, it's been a f**king blast! Yesterday we had a quite a packed day off metro-ing it around Paris, photos of which I will be posting over the coming day or so as I collate them on my travels. Keep those peepers peeled.

"The picture below was taken in the Catacombs far below Paris where 6 million human remains are interred in ornate skull and bone stacks. Twisted images to follow fellow morbid curiosities!"

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