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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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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. With 8 Grammy Awards, Sheryl Crow is a legend and her music is close to everyone's heart. Some claim that the band is no longer playing "true" black metal music. Picture (Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow). It also produced at least two videos on MTV2 - videos and MTV2 appearances being a rarity for Cradle of Filth. Other Hits. 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. Crow was a main stage act at Lilith Fair and has contributed many songs to movie soundtracks and special projects that were never made available elsewhere, among them: "D'yer Maker" (Encomium: Led Zeppelin Tribute), "Mother Nature's Son" (I Am Sam Soundtrack), "Ci Darem la Mano Don Giovanni" (Pavarotti & Friends For War Child), and "Resuscitation" (The Faculty).

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. She is now in a relationship with cycling great Lance Armstrong. More line-up shifts followed. Her performance within the film of the Porter classic "Begin the Beguine" was critically panned by film reviewers. 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. 2004 saw Crow appear as a musical theater performer in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely. 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. Among them was the ballad "The First Cut is the Deepest" (a song originally composed and performed by Cat Stevens), which became her biggest radio hit since her first, "All I Wanna Do".

Their music at this point was hard, but highly melodic and as usual, incredibly verbose and eloquent. It featured many of her hit singles as well as some new tracks. 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. In 2003 Crow released a greatest hits compilation called The Very Best of Sheryl Crow. 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. The official reason for the closure was "technical difficulties". 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.". [1] (http://www.artistsnetwork.org/news7/news319.html) Her opposition caused such a political rift to develop between her fans that the message boards on her website were closed for a number of weeks.

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. Bush!" during a performance on Good Morning America and posting an open letter explaining her opposition on her website. As the band became known for increasingly theatrical stage shows, Cruelty and the Beast was released to even greater acclaim, though sales were poor. Crow opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, wearing a shirt that read "I don't believe in your war, Mr. 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. 2002 also found Crow collaborating with Stevie Nicks on her project, and releasing a successful single called "Picture" with rumored boyfriend Kid Rock. 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. Crow also performed the song "Safe & Sound" from this album at a television benefit for the victims of September 11th, 2001 disasters.

The set list is as follows (length: ):. Crow stated she was making a statement that women over 40 were still sexy. Whether a statement or a marketing tool, C'mon, C'mon spawned hits in "Soak Up the Sun" and 2002 Best Female Rock Performance Grammy winner "Steve McQueen". It began just after Hallowe'en (October 31, 2004). Videos and promotional photos also found Crow more scantily clad than ever before, in bikinis and hot pants. Cradle of Filth's current tour is entitled "Swansong for a Nation" (US/Canada for November-December 2004). Musically unlike any of her other records, the project had a more pop 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. In 2002, after a break and some touring, Crow released C'mon, C'mon.

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. The record found Crow singing many of her hit singles with new musical spins and guest appearances by many other musicians including Stevie Nicks, The Dixie Chicks, and Eric Clapton. 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. She also released a live album called Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park. Characteristics of the works of Cradle of Filth include complex (and long!) song structures and orchestrations. In 1999 Crow also made her acting debut (barring a cameo in the film "54") as ill-fated drifter Laurie Bloom in the suspense/drama The Minus Man. Thus some black metal fans deem them "sell outs", while hardcore fans remain. Other singles included "There Goes the Neighborhood", "Anything But Down" and "The Difficult Kind". "There Goes the Neighborhood" was released as a single in 2000 and won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Most black metal fans criticise the group as coverage by Kerrang and MTV have brought them a much more mainstream and commercial image. This song won the 1999 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Their music has often touched on gothic metal overtones, and has been both ridiculed and praised by critics. The album won Best Rock Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards; interestingly, it was re-released in 1999 with a bonus track, Crow's cover of the Guns N' Roses song "Sweet Child O' Mine". The group has progressed from a rawer, more traditional black metal sound to a fully orchestrated symphonic metal feel. The debut single from this album, "My Favorite Mistake", was rumored to be about him, though Crow claims otherwise. Cradle of Filth, formed in 1991, is a conglomeration of black metal and gothic metal, although their music has been somewhat difficult to classify. She discussed in press interviews having gone through a deep depression, and she also had a highly publicized relationship with music legend Eric Clapton.

Nymphetamine Special Edition-(2005)). In 1998 Crow released a third album, called The Globe Sessions. Mannequin (DVD) - (2003). In 1997 Crow contributed the theme song to the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. The song of the same title was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically For a Motion Picture or Television. Babylon AD (So Glad For The Madness) (DVD) - (2003). Other singles included "A Change Would Do You Good", "Home" and "Everyday is a Winding Road". Live Bait For The Dead (Live) - (2002). She also won for "Best Rock Album" for the record.

Heavy Left Handed & Candid (VHS/DVD) - (2002). The debut single "If It Makes You Happy" became a radio hit, and netted her another Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Lovecraft & Witch Hearts (Compilation) - (2002). Featuring a darker and grittier look and sound, the album was also far more political, with songs about abortion, homelessness and nuclear war. Bitter Suites To Succubi (compilation) - (2001). In 1996 Crow released her second album, which was self titled. RareDaemonAeon (Compilation/Covers) - (2001). Crow received several Grammy awards in 1994: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "All I Wanna Do"; Record of the Year for "All I Wanna Do"; and Best New Artist.

PanDaemonAeon (VHS/DVD) - (1998). The singles "Run, Baby, Run" and "Strong Enough" were also released. Sodomizing The Virgin Vamps (Total Fucking Darkness demo + live tracks) - (1997). However the album was slow to garner attention until the one song Crow did not write, "All I Wanna Do", became an unexpected smash radio hit. Total Fucking Darkness (Demo) - (1993). The album featured many of the songs written by Crow and her friends, including the first single, "Leaving Las Vegas". The Black Goddess Rises (Demo) - (1992). Bottrell and Crow began a romance and a professional relationship, eventually creating her debut album, called Tuesday Night Music Club.

Orgiastic Pleasures (Demo) - (1992). They would get together and improvise songs until they had finished works. Invoking the Unclean (Demo) - (1992). She teamed up with record producer Bill Bottrell and other musicians to form what they called The Tuesday Night Music Club. A Pungent And Sexual Miasma (split with Malediction) - (1992). Crow signed a record deal with A&M Records in 1990 and was ready to release her debut album in 1991. However, she did not like the slick and well-produced pop sound of the record and implored the label to allow her to start anew; they agreed. Nymphetamine - (2004). She has stated that she was not allowed to make eye contact with the singer except when on stage.

Damnation and a Day - (2003). Crow began her adult life as a school teacher and in the 1980s she moved to Los Angeles and quickly found work as backup vocalist for many major label acts. She was recruited to perform as a backup singer for Michael Jackson on his Bad tour, where she was forced to wear a 4 1/2 foot fright wig and change her name to "Shirley". Midian - (2000). Sheryl Crow (born February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri, USA) is an American blues rock singer, guitarist and song writer. From the Cradle to Enslave (EP) - (1999). Live in London (1996). Cruelty and the Beast - (1998). Rockin' the Globe (1999).

Dusk and Her Embrace - (1996). Live in London (1996). V Empire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustein (EP) - (1996). Live in London (1996). The Principle of Evil Made Flesh - (1994). Rockin' the Globe (1999). Mark Newby-Robson-Keyboards. Rockin' the Globe (1999).

Jeff Acres-Guitars. The Very Best of Sheryl Crow - the videos (November 2003). Jared Demeter-Guitars. C'mon America 2003 (December 2003). Dave Hirschheimer-Drums. Cocky (2001). Damien Gregori - Keyboards. The Very Best of Sheryl Crow (2003) #2 UK #3 USA.

Les "Lecter" Smith - Keyboards. C'mon C'mon (2002)#2 UK #1 USA. Benjamin Ryan - Keyboards. Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park (1999). Robin Eaglestone - Bass. The Globe Sessions (1998)#2 UK #3 USA GRAMMY for Best Rock Album. John Richard - Bass. Sheryl Crow (1996)#5 UK #4 USA GRAMMY for Best Rock Album.

Nicholas Howard Barker - Drums. Tuesday Night Music Club (1993) #8 UK #1 USA GRAMMY for Best New Artist. 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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