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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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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.
. 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. Don Dokken (vocals), "Wild" Mick Brown (drums), Alex DeRosso (guitar), Barry Sparks (bass). 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.
. Dani Filth says that it is half-way between Cruelty and the Beast and Dusk and Her Embrace. Don Dokken (vocals), "Wild" Mick Brown (drums), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilsons (bass).

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.
. Some claim that the band is no longer playing "true" black metal music.
. It also produced at least two videos on MTV2 - videos and MTV2 appearances being a rarity for Cradle of Filth. In 2002 Reb Beach was replaced by John Norum (formerly with the band Europe), and Jeff Pilson was replaced by Barry Sparks on bass. 2002 also saw the release of the album Long Way Home.. 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. They released Erase the Slate in 1999 and Live from the Sun in 2000.

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. In 1998 George left the band and was replaced by Reb Beach of the band Winger. More line-up shifts followed. The band reunited in 1992, but didn't release an album until Dysfunctional in 1995 with Columbia Records. One Live Night (a live accoustical album) was released in 1996 by CMC, along with Shadowlifein 1997. 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. Recordings from their tour in Japan led to 1988's release of Beast from the East just before the band broke up due to creative differences between Don and George. 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. 1987 saw the release of Back for the Attack (another million-album release) which was also their highest charting album at #8 as well as part of the Monsters of Rock tour.

Their music at this point was hard, but highly melodic and as usual, incredibly verbose and eloquent. In 1985 the album Under Lock and Key also sold over a million copies with hits like "In My Dreams" and "It's Not Love.". 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. The album would go on to sell over one million copies in the US alone. 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. 1984 was Dokken's breakout year in the US with the release of the album Tooth and Nail, which contained several hit songs ("Into the Fire", "Just Got Lucky," and "Alone Again"). 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.". Juan Croucier left Dokken in 1982 to join the band Ratt and was replaced by Jeff Pilson who became their first official bassist.

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. While the band was very popular in Europe by then, they had not yet made the charts in the US. As the band became known for increasingly theatrical stage shows, Cruelty and the Beast was released to even greater acclaim, though sales were poor. In 1981 the band released the album Breaking the Chains in Europe, which was re-mastered and re-released by Elektra Records in the US in 1983. 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. In 1978 Juan Croucier replaced Peter Baltes as another temporary bassist; that same year the band released the singles "Hard Rock Woman," and "Paris is Burning.". 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. Dokken's history started in the late 1970s when guitarist George Lynch and drummer Mick Brown from the group Xciter teamed up with Don Dokken on vocals and Peter Baltes as a temporary bassist to record Back in the Streets with Carerre Records.

The set list is as follows (length: ):. Recently, Dokken has released their latest album, Hell To Pay, which has gotten rave reviews in metal circles. It began just after Hallowe'en (October 31, 2004). The band released a few albums in the late 90s and then Long Way Home in 2000, which met with some success due to attention from fans starved for traditional heavy metal. Cradle of Filth's current tour is entitled "Swansong for a Nation" (US/Canada for November-December 2004). Don Dokken went on to a successful solo career, while George Lynch formed the Lynch Mob and recorded several albums. Jeff Pilson too released his acclaimed War And Peace album. 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. Their early albums like Tooth And Nail, Under Lock And Key, Back For The Attack and Beast From The East were highly successful, but after that, intra-band rifts and spats ensured that the band would eventually break up.

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. Dokken was comprised of founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitars, Jeff Pilson on bass and Mick Brown on drums. 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. Although their image was somewhat "glam," their music was traditionally heavy with technical expertise. Characteristics of the works of Cradle of Filth include complex (and long!) song structures and orchestrations. The music consisted of traditional metal characterized by extravagant use of lead guitars and soaring vocals backed by a heavy thumping bass. Thus some black metal fans deem them "sell outs", while hardcore fans remain. Dokken was formed in 1978, one of the classic metal bands from that era, joining contemporaries like Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot and Iron Maiden.

Most black metal fans criticise the group as coverage by Kerrang and MTV have brought them a much more mainstream and commercial image. Scary. Their music has often touched on gothic metal overtones, and has been both ridiculed and praised by critics. Mr. The group has progressed from a rawer, more traditional black metal sound to a fully orchestrated symphonic metal feel. In My Dreams. Cradle of Filth, formed in 1991, is a conglomeration of black metal and gothic metal, although their music has been somewhat difficult to classify. Alone Again.

Nymphetamine Special Edition-(2005)). Dream Warriors. Mannequin (DVD) - (2003). Lightning Strikes Again. Babylon AD (So Glad For The Madness) (DVD) - (2003). Paris Is Burning. Live Bait For The Dead (Live) - (2002). Kiss of Death.

Heavy Left Handed & Candid (VHS/DVD) - (2002). It's Not Love. Lovecraft & Witch Hearts (Compilation) - (2002). Tooth and Nail. Bitter Suites To Succubi (compilation) - (2001). Into the Fire. RareDaemonAeon (Compilation/Covers) - (2001). Breaking the Chains.

PanDaemonAeon (VHS/DVD) - (1998). Sebastian Bach. Sodomizing The Virgin Vamps (Total Fucking Darkness demo + live tracks) - (1997). Warrant. Total Fucking Darkness (Demo) - (1993). Children Of Bodom. The Black Goddess Rises (Demo) - (1992). Stratovarius.

Orgiastic Pleasures (Demo) - (1992). Hammerfall. Invoking the Unclean (Demo) - (1992). At Vance. A Pungent And Sexual Miasma (split with Malediction) - (1992). Skid Row. Nymphetamine - (2004). White Lion.

Damnation and a Day - (2003). Quiet Riot. Midian - (2000). Twisted Sister. From the Cradle to Enslave (EP) - (1999). Anthrax. Cruelty and the Beast - (1998). Cinderella.

Dusk and Her Embrace - (1996). Motley Crue. V Empire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustein (EP) - (1996). Dio. The Principle of Evil Made Flesh - (1994). Iron Maiden. Mark Newby-Robson-Keyboards. Ratt.

Jeff Acres-Guitars. Europe. Jared Demeter-Guitars. Saxon. Dave Hirschheimer-Drums. Queen. Damien Gregori - Keyboards. Van Halen.

Les "Lecter" Smith - Keyboards. Deep Purple. Benjamin Ryan - Keyboards. Rush. Robin Eaglestone - Bass. Alice Cooper. John Richard - Bass. KISS.

Nicholas Howard Barker - Drums. Black Sabbath. Was Sarginson - Drums. Scorpions. Darren White - Drums. Iron Maiden. Paul Ryan - Guitars. Judas Priest.

Stuart Anstis - Guitars (1996-2000). Back in the Streets [EP] (1979). Brian Hipp - Guitars. Breaking the Chains (1981). Gian Pyres - Guitars. Tooth and Nail (1984). James McKillboy - Guitars - (2004-). Under Lock and Key (1985).

Dave Pybus - Bass - (2002-2005) (ex-Anathema, Dreambreed). Back for the Attack (1987). Martin Powell - Keyboards - (2000-) (ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Anathema, ex-Cryptal Darkness). Beast from the East (1988). Paul Allender - Guitars - (1991-1996, 2000-) (The Blood Divine). Dysfunctional (1995). Adrian Erlandsson - Drums - (2000-) (ex-At the Gates, ex-The Haunted, Terror). One Live Night (1996).

Sarah Jezebel Deva - Female Backing Vocals - (1991-). Shadow Life (1997). Dani Filth (Daniel Lloyd Davey) - Vocals - (1991-). Erase The Slate (1999). The torture room in From the Cradle to Enslave music video is a homage to Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil. The Very Best of Dokken (1999). 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). Live from the Sun (2000).

Sarah Jezebel Deva, though she has been with the band since the start, has never been considered a band member. Yesterday and Today (2001). His favourite band is The Misfits. Long Way Home [PA] (2002). He has a long-time girlfriend (Toni) and a daughter (Luna), as well as three cats. Long Way Home [Edited Cover] (2002). Dani Filth's real name is Daniel Lloyd Davey. Then and Now (2002).

From the Cradle to Enslave. Sub-Genre - Classic metal, Melodic Metal. Cruelty Brought Three Orchids. Genre - Metal. 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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