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Cradle of Filth

(left to right) Adrian Erlandsson, Dave Pybus, Dani Filth, Martin Powell, Paul Allender. Not pictured: James McKillboy.

Cradle of Filth, formed in 1991, is a conglomeration of black metal and gothic metal, although their music has been somewhat difficult to classify. The group has progressed from a rawer, more traditional black metal sound to a fully orchestrated symphonic metal feel. Their music has often touched on gothic metal overtones, and has been both ridiculed and praised by critics. Most black metal fans criticise the group as coverage by Kerrang and MTV have brought them a much more mainstream and commercial image. Thus some black metal fans deem them "sell outs", while hardcore fans remain.

Basic info

  • Genre: symphonic black metal, gothic metal, Vampyric Metal, extreme metal
  • Country: Britain
  • Status: Active
  • Time: 1991-

Characteristics of the works of Cradle of Filth include complex (and long!) song structures and orchestrations. A noteworthy feature of their music is the use of vocals as a rhythmical instrument, akin to rap music (although sounding very different): timing of syllables and usage of rhymes convey rhythm rather than melody. The lyrics have certainly been influenced by the works of Marquis de Sade and they are - albeit vulgar - of a high level, considering either the use of vocabulary or expressive or poetic qualities, especially for a heavy metal band.

A common theme to the lyrics, music videos or album cover illustrations is moral decadence, often placed in the baroque era. Cradle of Filth succeed in combining the aforementioned arts of "higher" quality to a "lower" level such as splatter movie esthetics or banal, rude use of vocabulary.

Current Tour

Cradle of Filth's current tour is entitled "Swansong for a Nation" (US/Canada for November-December 2004). It began just after Hallowe'en (October 31, 2004). The set list is as follows (length: ):

  1. Satyriasis (Intro)
  2. Gilded Cunt
  3. Nemesis
  4. The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
  5. Tortured Soul Asylum
  6. Mannequin
  7. Funeral in Carpathia
  8. Her Ghost in the Fog
  9. Nymphetamine
  10. The Forest Whispers my Name
  11. The Promise of Fever
  12. Cruelty Brought Three Orchids
  13. From the Cradle to Enslave

Biography

After the band's formation and a period of rapid line-up fluctuation as four demos were recorded, Cradle of Filth signed to Cacophonous and released The Principle of Evil Made Flesh in 1994. After further member changes, the band released Dusk and Her Embrace, a critically acclaimed album that greatly expanded the band's fanbase throughout Europe and among black metal fans elsewhere. As the band became known for increasingly theatrical stage shows, Cruelty and the Beast was released to even greater acclaim, though sales were poor. The following year the band continued primarily on the touring route but did put out a DVD, PanDaemonAeon, and an accompanying EP, From the Cradle to Enslave, featuring the music from the production. One of the best-known and favourite songs the band has ever produced was the title track of the EP, "From the Cradle to Enslave."

Cradle produced their fourth full-length studio album the following year: Midian, named after the biblical city of monsters, was fittingly released on Hallowe'en night, October 31, 2000. Their style at this point was probably their most defined, with Paul Allender joining the lineup on guitars, but their music was by no means mainstream, with titles such as "Lord Abortion," and yet another cult favourite, "Her Ghost in the Fog," which was featured in the soundtrack of the movie Ginger Snaps. Their music at this point was hard, but highly melodic and as usual, incredibly verbose and eloquent.

Following the moderate success of Midian they released a "transition mini-album," as lead singer and frontman Dani Filth later referred to it, Bitter Suites to Succubi. Besides the obvious pun, the album was a mixture of four new songs, re-recordings of three songs from The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, two instrumental tracks, and a cover of The Sisters of Mercy's "No Time To Cry." Though stylistically it is similar to Midian the album is regarded as a failure by most critics.

More line-up shifts followed. In 2003 they signed with Sony Music, and produced their fifth full-length studio album, 2003's Damnation and a Day, which was much less melodic black metal than symphonic metal with black undertones, or what is referred to as black symphonic metal. Though it disappointed some fans, this concept album, showing the events of the bible through the eyes of the devil, featured a 40 piece orchestra and 32 piece choir, and even more complex songs, both stylistically and lyrically. It also produced at least two videos on MTV2 - videos and MTV2 appearances being a rarity for Cradle of Filth.

Some claim that the band is no longer playing "true" black metal music. Whilst this is for the most part true, they still have black metal undertones in their music, and after leaving Sony near the beginning of 2004, claim their most recent album Nymphetamine (released summer 2004) as their return to actual black metal. Dani Filth says that it is half-way between Cruelty and the Beast and Dusk and Her Embrace.

Interestingly, it has been in hot debate since near the time Cradle of Filth became popular as to if they are true "black metal" or not. Comparing Cradle to most Norwegian black metal, they are completely different; this has led to them being deemed "melodic black metal," and generally the Norwegian black metal community shuns them as well as bands such as Dimmu Borgir that were brought into popularity following the pseudo-mainstream success of Cradle. Regardless of how "pure" their black metal sound is, most fans disregard the whole debate, as does Dani Filth. In his words, when asked to describe what kind of metal he thinks Cradle of Filth is, "Cradle of Filth is Cradle of Filth." Drummer Adrian Erlandsson describes Cradle of Filth as "Extreme Metal" and also disregards Cradle of Filth falling into the category of black metal due to the fact they sound nothing like bands such as Darkthrone, Immortal, Bathory, etc.

Trivia

  • Dani Filth's real name is Daniel Lloyd Davey. He has a long-time girlfriend (Toni) and a daughter (Luna), as well as three cats. His favourite band is The Misfits.
  • Sarah Jezebel Deva, though she has been with the band since the start, has never been considered a band member.
  • One highlight of their career include a show during which a man jumped on stage with an eight-inch carving knife, intending to stab Dani (spoke of briefly on the Nawrdwar interview).
  • The torture room in From the Cradle to Enslave music video is a homage to Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil.

Band members

Current band members

  • Dani Filth (Daniel Lloyd Davey) - Vocals - (1991-)
  • Sarah Jezebel Deva - Female Backing Vocals - (1991-)
  • Adrian Erlandsson - Drums - (2000-) (ex-At the Gates, ex-The Haunted, Terror)
  • Paul Allender - Guitars - (1991-1996, 2000-) (The Blood Divine)
  • Martin Powell - Keyboards - (2000-) (ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Anathema, ex-Cryptal Darkness)
  • Dave Pybus - Bass - (2002-2005) (ex-Anathema, Dreambreed)
  • James McKillboy - Guitars - (2004-)

Former band members

  • Gian Pyres - Guitars
  • Brian Hipp - Guitars
  • Stuart Anstis - Guitars (1996-2000)
  • Paul Ryan - Guitars
  • Darren White - Drums
  • Was Sarginson - Drums
  • Nicholas Howard Barker - Drums
  • John Richard - Bass
  • Robin Eaglestone - Bass
  • Benjamin Ryan - Keyboards
  • Les "Lecter" Smith - Keyboards
  • Damien Gregori - Keyboards
  • Dave Hirschheimer-Drums
  • Jared Demeter-Guitars
  • Jeff Acres-Guitars
  • Mark Newby-Robson-Keyboards

Discography

Studio releases

  • The Principle of Evil Made Flesh - (1994)
  • V Empire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustein (EP) - (1996)
  • Dusk and Her Embrace - (1996)
  • Cruelty and the Beast - (1998)
  • From the Cradle to Enslave (EP) - (1999)
  • Midian - (2000)
  • Damnation and a Day - (2003)
  • Nymphetamine - (2004)

Live and other releases

  • A Pungent And Sexual Miasma (split with Malediction) - (1992)
  • Invoking the Unclean (Demo) - (1992)
  • Orgiastic Pleasures (Demo) - (1992)
  • The Black Goddess Rises (Demo) - (1992)
  • Total Fucking Darkness (Demo) - (1993)
  • Sodomizing The Virgin Vamps (Total Fucking Darkness demo + live tracks) - (1997)
  • PanDaemonAeon (VHS/DVD) - (1998)
  • RareDaemonAeon (Compilation/Covers) - (2001)
  • Bitter Suites To Succubi (compilation) - (2001)
  • Lovecraft & Witch Hearts (Compilation) - (2002)
  • Heavy Left Handed & Candid (VHS/DVD) - (2002)
  • Live Bait For The Dead (Live) - (2002)
  • Babylon AD (So Glad For The Madness) (DVD) - (2003)
  • Mannequin (DVD) - (2003)
  • Nymphetamine Special Edition-(2005))

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. Comparing Cradle to most Norwegian black metal, they are completely different; this has led to them being deemed "melodic black metal," and generally the Norwegian black metal community shuns them as well as bands such as Dimmu Borgir that were brought into popularity following the pseudo-mainstream success of Cradle. 9 and Teething along with 11 other tracks. Interestingly, it has been in hot debate since near the time Cradle of Filth became popular as to if they are true "black metal" or not. Deftones' fist album, entitled "(Like) Linus" was a demo tape including early versions of 7 Words, Root, Engine No. Dani Filth says that it is half-way between Cruelty and the Beast and Dusk and Her Embrace. God's Hand To Have And To Hold Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.

Whilst this is for the most part true, they still have black metal undertones in their music, and after leaving Sony near the beginning of 2004, claim their most recent album Nymphetamine (released summer 2004) as their return to actual black metal. The Chauffeur: A track which only appeared on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse Soundtrack. Some claim that the band is no longer playing "true" black metal music. Teething: A track which only appeared on the Be Quiet And Drive single and a soundtrack. It also produced at least two videos on MTV2 - videos and MTV2 appearances being a rarity for Cradle of Filth. Soundtrack. Though it disappointed some fans, this concept album, showing the events of the bible through the eyes of the devil, featured a 40 piece orchestra and 32 piece choir, and even more complex songs, both stylistically and lyrically. Can't Even Breathe: A track which only appared on the Escape From L.A.

In 2003 they signed with Sony Music, and produced their fifth full-length studio album, 2003's Damnation and a Day, which was much less melodic black metal than symphonic metal with black undertones, or what is referred to as black symphonic metal. No Ordinary Love: A Sade cover which only appeared on the Change single. More line-up shifts followed. Crenshaw: A track which only appeared on the Change (In The House of Flies) single. Besides the obvious pun, the album was a mixture of four new songs, re-recordings of three songs from The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, two instrumental tracks, and a cover of The Sisters of Mercy's "No Time To Cry." Though stylistically it is similar to Midian the album is regarded as a failure by most critics. Sinatra: A Helmet cover which only appeared on the Minerva single. Following the moderate success of Midian they released a "transition mini-album," as lead singer and frontman Dani Filth later referred to it, Bitter Suites to Succubi. Sleep Walk: A cover which only appeared on the Minerva single.

Their music at this point was hard, but highly melodic and as usual, incredibly verbose and eloquent. Lovers: A dark track which only appeared on the Hexagram single. Their style at this point was probably their most defined, with Paul Allender joining the lineup on guitars, but their music was by no means mainstream, with titles such as "Lord Abortion," and yet another cult favourite, "Her Ghost in the Fog," which was featured in the soundtrack of the movie Ginger Snaps. Bender: A collaboration with Sevendust in which Chino lends his vocals for the album "Home"'s last track. Cradle produced their fourth full-length studio album the following year: Midian, named after the biblical city of monsters, was fittingly released on Hallowe'en night, October 31, 2000. Savory: A collaboration with Far. One of the best-known and favourite songs the band has ever produced was the title track of the EP, "From the Cradle to Enslave.". Deftones have a number of unreleased tracks that appear on a variety of other albums, such as:.

The following year the band continued primarily on the touring route but did put out a DVD, PanDaemonAeon, and an accompanying EP, From the Cradle to Enslave, featuring the music from the production. Deftones members have worked on several side projects, including Moreno's Team Sleep and Cunningam's Phallucy. Guitarist Carpenter also works with a group called Kush who feature members from Fear Factory and Cypress Hill. As the band became known for increasingly theatrical stage shows, Cruelty and the Beast was released to even greater acclaim, though sales were poor. Early track titles include "Buffalo" and "Diamond.". After further member changes, the band released Dusk and Her Embrace, a critically acclaimed album that greatly expanded the band's fanbase throughout Europe and among black metal fans elsewhere. The band have a new album, possibly titled "Saturday Night Wrist" scheduled for release in Spring 2005. After the band's formation and a period of rapid line-up fluctuation as four demos were recorded, Cradle of Filth signed to Cacophonous and released The Principle of Evil Made Flesh in 1994. Erlewine is slightly bothered, however, noting that "Deftones feel compelled to strengthen their metallic roots" by forsaking "the very things that make them better and more interesting than the rest — namely, their love of art rock, whether it's via the Cure or My Bloody Valentine." He closes by writing, "When they do play by the rules, they're good, but they're great when they don't follow a map.".

The set list is as follows (length: ):. In reviewing Deftones Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes that "Hexagram," the album's opener, " hits hard — harder than they ever have, revealing how mushy Staind is, or how toothless Linkin Park is, even if it's a bit of a shame that Chino Moreno has resorted to guttural barking for singing.". It began just after Hallowe'en (October 31, 2004). Delgado plays synth, keyboards or sampler rather than his previous turntables. Cradle of Filth's current tour is entitled "Swansong for a Nation" (US/Canada for November-December 2004). Much of the material on the album was written by guitarist Carpenter, which accounts for the album's more heavy metal feel. A common theme to the lyrics, music videos or album cover illustrations is moral decadence, often placed in the baroque era. Cradle of Filth succeed in combining the aforementioned arts of "higher" quality to a "lower" level such as splatter movie esthetics or banal, rude use of vocabulary. Again, the album sold well, and "Minerva" received some radio play.

The lyrics have certainly been influenced by the works of Marquis de Sade and they are - albeit vulgar - of a high level, considering either the use of vocabulary or expressive or poetic qualities, especially for a heavy metal band. Their fourth and latest album, Deftones, was released in 2003. A noteworthy feature of their music is the use of vocals as a rhythmical instrument, akin to rap music (although sounding very different): timing of syllables and usage of rhymes convey rhythm rather than melody. An acoustic of Boy's Republic was to appear on Black Stallion, and part of it was leaked and spread through file sharing programs. Characteristics of the works of Cradle of Filth include complex (and long!) song structures and orchestrations. There was a possibility of a release of Black Stallion, a remix album of White Pony, but instead, a limited edition black and red version of White Pony was released with a bonus 13th track: The Boy's Republic. Thus some black metal fans deem them "sell outs", while hardcore fans remain. White Pony later went on to earn multi-platinum status as well as a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.

Most black metal fans criticise the group as coverage by Kerrang and MTV have brought them a much more mainstream and commercial image. Of White Pony, one review wrote, "Moreno is exquisitely mind-blowing, but his fear is also evident" and that "Deftones went soft, but in an impressive way, to twist around its signature punk-thrash sound." [2] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:21o20r1au48n~T1). Their music has often touched on gothic metal overtones, and has been both ridiculed and praised by critics. A collaboration with singer Maynard James Keenan of Tool on "Passenger" is a highlight. The group has progressed from a rawer, more traditional black metal sound to a fully orchestrated symphonic metal feel. ("Teenager" was originally a Team Sleep song.) "Knife Prty" features a stunning, Diamanda Galas-like vocal performance by Rodleen. Cradle of Filth, formed in 1991, is a conglomeration of black metal and gothic metal, although their music has been somewhat difficult to classify. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, noting Moreno's increasing sophistication as a lyricist and singer, and the group's bold experimentalism: The fragile "Teenager", for example, incorporates elements of glitch and trip hop, with programming duties carried out by friend and Team Sleep bandmate, DJ Crook, aka, "Crookone".

Nymphetamine Special Edition-(2005)). Delgado was now a full-time band member, and he added greatly to the atmospheric album. Mannequin (DVD) - (2003). It is generally considered by fans to be Deftones' most mature recording. Babylon AD (So Glad For The Madness) (DVD) - (2003). In 2000, the band's third album, White Pony, was released. Live Bait For The Dead (Live) - (2002). This mellow version with a new trip-hop-esque beat by Delgado inspired vocalist Chino Moreno to expand on softer music, which eventually lead to his side project Team Sleep.

Heavy Left Handed & Candid (VHS/DVD) - (2002). "Be Quiet And Drive" was performed acoustic with Incubus frontman Brandom Boyd and Adam Sandler for the "Little Nicky" soundtrack. Lovecraft & Witch Hearts (Compilation) - (2002). Delgado again appeared on several songs, and demonstrated his deft, inventive touch at a time when turntable scratching was in danger of becoming a nu metal cliche. Bitter Suites To Succubi (compilation) - (2001). "My Own Summer" and "Be Quiet and Drive" were hits, the latter's music video earned significant play on MTV. RareDaemonAeon (Compilation/Covers) - (2001). It also sold well, and included a collaboration with Max Cavalera of Sepultura on "Headup," a tribute to Max's late step-son Dana Wells.

PanDaemonAeon (VHS/DVD) - (1998). Around The Fur was released in 1997. Sodomizing The Virgin Vamps (Total Fucking Darkness demo + live tracks) - (1997). Though Deftones were only tangentially associated with nu metal, they feared the increasingly negative use of the term and separated themselves from other such groups, both professionally and aesthetically. Total Fucking Darkness (Demo) - (1993). This was due in part to the fact that Deftones were often lumped into the then-emerging genre of nu-metal. The Black Goddess Rises (Demo) - (1992). About this time, Deftones stopped touring and collaborating with bands like Korn.

Orgiastic Pleasures (Demo) - (1992). One review of '"Adrenaline" noted Cunningham's "surprisingly sophisticated drumming" and wrote that "Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Deftones are very controlled even in the midst of chaos." [1] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:nr6m96hofep6~T1). Invoking the Unclean (Demo) - (1992). Delgado was not yet a member, but he performed on several songs. A Pungent And Sexual Miasma (split with Malediction) - (1992). "Bored" was a minor hit. Nymphetamine - (2004). The album sold well, and earned mostly positive reviews.

Damnation and a Day - (2003). They signed to Maverick Records, which is owned by Madonna, in 1994 and released their debut album, Adrenaline, the following year. Midian - (2000). Deftones enjoyed the early sponsorship of local favorites Korn, with whom they shared a fan community drawn largely from skateboarders. From the Cradle to Enslave (EP) - (1999). Carpenter was struck by a drunk driver; this tragedy became a benefit when Carpenter received a large insurance settlement, and was able to buy some expensive, high-quality equipment for the band. Cruelty and the Beast - (1998). Cheng joined after their original bassist left.

Dusk and Her Embrace - (1996). The founding members of the band met while skateboarding, and their first rehearsals together took place in 1989-1990 while they were in high school; among their early songs was a cover of Danzig's "Twist Of Cain". V Empire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustein (EP) - (1996). Moreno has cited Morrissey, The Cure's Robert Smith and Depeche Mode's David Gahan among his favorite singers, and beyond an occasional similarity in vocal technique, these singers' sweeping sense of drama and delicate vulnerability is often evident in Moreno's vocals. The Principle of Evil Made Flesh - (1994). Moreno's poetic lyrics--described by a Time magazine critic as "furiously intelligent"--are often evocative, yet sparse enough to allow for multiple interpretations, and sometimes make startling use of wordplay. Mark Newby-Robson-Keyboards. Deftones have often been praised as one of the more innovative and unique heavy metal bands of recent years.

Jeff Acres-Guitars. The band consists of Chino Moreno (vocals, guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), Chi Cheng (bass) and turntablist/keyboardist/sampler player Frank Delgado. Jared Demeter-Guitars. Deftones are a multi-platinum selling, Grammy award winning rock band from Sacramento, California. Dave Hirschheimer-Drums. possibly 'Saturday Night Wrist', (2005). Damien Gregori - Keyboards. Deftones, (2003).

Les "Lecter" Smith - Keyboards. White Pony, (2000). Benjamin Ryan - Keyboards. Around The Fur, (1997). Robin Eaglestone - Bass. Adrenaline, (1995). John Richard - Bass.

Nicholas Howard Barker - Drums. Was Sarginson - Drums. Darren White - Drums. Paul Ryan - Guitars.

Stuart Anstis - Guitars (1996-2000). Brian Hipp - Guitars. Gian Pyres - Guitars. James McKillboy - Guitars - (2004-).

Dave Pybus - Bass - (2002-2005) (ex-Anathema, Dreambreed). Martin Powell - Keyboards - (2000-) (ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Anathema, ex-Cryptal Darkness). Paul Allender - Guitars - (1991-1996, 2000-) (The Blood Divine). Adrian Erlandsson - Drums - (2000-) (ex-At the Gates, ex-The Haunted, Terror).

Sarah Jezebel Deva - Female Backing Vocals - (1991-). Dani Filth (Daniel Lloyd Davey) - Vocals - (1991-). The torture room in From the Cradle to Enslave music video is a homage to Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil. One highlight of their career include a show during which a man jumped on stage with an eight-inch carving knife, intending to stab Dani (spoke of briefly on the Nawrdwar interview).

Sarah Jezebel Deva, though she has been with the band since the start, has never been considered a band member. His favourite band is The Misfits. He has a long-time girlfriend (Toni) and a daughter (Luna), as well as three cats. Dani Filth's real name is Daniel Lloyd Davey.

From the Cradle to Enslave. Cruelty Brought Three Orchids. The Promise of Fever. The Forest Whispers my Name.

Nymphetamine. Her Ghost in the Fog. Funeral in Carpathia. Mannequin.

Tortured Soul Asylum. The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. Nemesis. Gilded Cunt.

Satyriasis (Intro). Time: 1991-. Status: Active. Country: Britain.

Genre: symphonic black metal, gothic metal, Vampyric Metal, extreme metal.

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