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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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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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Just For Fun

Boingboing's "Black Metal for Dummies"

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.

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Cathedral To Support Cradle of Filth on UK Tour

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

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Bloody Mary Sign To COF Frontmans Label

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.

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Just For Fun

The Other Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics

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).

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Cradle Of Filth Issue Update, Dave Pybus Is Back

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...

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System Of A Down Lead Kerrang Awards Nominations

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...

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Cradle Of Filth To Perform On Viva La Bam

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.

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Roadrage DVD Tracklisting Revealed

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.

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Cradle Of Filth Celebrate Hallowe'en With Novel

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

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

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

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

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

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Cradle Of Filth Have Seven Songs Finished

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

"Dear blood-feeders and readers,

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

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

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More Roadrunner "All Stars" Announced

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

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

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

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Cradle Of Filth Lose Keyboardist

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

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Cradle Of Filth And Sir Cliff Collaboration?

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

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

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

"Imagine a collaboration! Christmas number one!"

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Cradle of Filth Tour US

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

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Pre-At The Gates, Dissection Project For Download

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

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

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

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

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CoF's Pybus Starts New Label, Plans Releases

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

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Moonspell Check In From European Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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