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. However, in November 2004, Dre and Interscope confirmed that Detox was still in the works and is currently scheduled to be released in Fall 2005. Some claim that the band is no longer playing "true" black metal music. The project was declared to be cancelled for a while, as Dre decided to put all his effort into producing the artists on his Aftermath label, including Eminem, 50 Cent, Eve, The Game, Stat Quo, and Busta Rhymes; former NWA member Ice Cube is currently negotiating a contract with the label. It also produced at least two videos on MTV2 - videos and MTV2 appearances being a rarity for Cradle of Filth. The release of Detox, which was to be Dre's final solo album, was planned for 2004. 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. Dre and Eminem produced the major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin' for Queens rapper 50 Cent, featuring the Dre-produced hit single "In Da Club.".

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 2003, Dr. More line-up shifts followed. A song of his, "Bad Intentions" (featuring Knoc-Turn'Al), was featured on the soundtrack to The Wash. 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. Dre has also appeared in the movies Set It Off, The Wash and Training Day, though later stated that he does not intend to pursue a career in acting. 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. Dr.

Their music at this point was hard, but highly melodic and as usual, incredibly verbose and eloquent. The style was also prominent in his following production work for other artists, including hits such as "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve and Gwen Stefani (whom he would produce again on the Stefani and Eve track "Rich Girl"), "Break Ya Neck" by Busta Rhymes, and "Family Affair" by Mary J Blige. 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 followed a new musical direction, characterised by high-pitched piano and string melodies over a deep and rich bassline. 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 album was highly successful, thus reaffirming a recurring theme featured in its lyrics, stating that Dre is still a force to be reckoned with, despite the lack of major releases in the previous few years. 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.". Once again, the album featured about as much of Dre's voice as the voices of numerous collaborators, mostly Hittman, Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

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. Dre 2001, in 2001. As the band became known for increasingly theatrical stage shows, Cruelty and the Beast was released to even greater acclaim, though sales were poor. Dre released his second solo album, Dr. 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. By the time The Eminem Show was released in 2002, Eminem was producing the bulk of his output himself. 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. Dre.

The set list is as follows (length: ):. The latter featured slightly less involvement by Dr. It began just after Hallowe'en (October 31, 2004). Dre signed aspiring Detroit rapper Eminem to his label, producing his controversial album The Slim Shady LP in 1999, followed by the even more successful and controversial The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. Cradle of Filth's current tour is entitled "Swansong for a Nation" (US/Canada for November-December 2004). In 1997, Dr. 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. The track was intended as a symbolic good-bye to gangsta rap, in which Dre suggested that he is moving on to another level of music and lifestyle.

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 Aftermath album, released at the end of the year, featured songs by the newly signed Aftermath artists, and a solo track "Been There, Done That". 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. Dre Presents .. Characteristics of the works of Cradle of Filth include complex (and long!) song structures and orchestrations. The Dr. Thus some black metal fans deem them "sell outs", while hardcore fans remain. Dre left Death Row to form his own Aftermath Entertainment label.

Most black metal fans criticise the group as coverage by Kerrang and MTV have brought them a much more mainstream and commercial image. By the end of the year, however, the success of Death Row had taken a reverse turn, following the death of Tupac Shakur and racketeering charges against Suge Knight. Foreseeing the label's collapse, Dr. Their music has often touched on gothic metal overtones, and has been both ridiculed and praised by critics. Dre as a major force in the music industry. The group has progressed from a rawer, more traditional black metal sound to a fully orchestrated symphonic metal feel. In 1996, the song "California Love," a highly successful collaboration with Death Row artist Tupac Shakur, helped further establish Death Row and Dr. Cradle of Filth, formed in 1991, is a conglomeration of black metal and gothic metal, although their music has been somewhat difficult to classify. Doggystyle achieved phenomenal success, being the first debut album for an artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts.

Nymphetamine Special Edition-(2005)). Dre produced Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle, with similar subject matter and musical style. Mannequin (DVD) - (2003). The following year, Dr. Babylon AD (So Glad For The Madness) (DVD) - (2003). Dre and his patented G Funk. Live Bait For The Dead (Live) - (2002). Thanks to the single "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," and hits like "Let Me Ride" and "Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')", The Chronic became a multi-platinum seller, making it virtually impossible to hear mainstream hip-hop that wasn't affected in some way by Dr.

Heavy Left Handed & Candid (VHS/DVD) - (2002). Not only was the record the debut of his elastic G funk sound, it was the beginning of his collaboration with rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg (later simply known as Snoop Dogg), a young man who had recorded some homemade tapes with Dre's stepbrother Warren G. Snoop's voice appeared on Dre's 1992 debut album The Chronic as much as Dre's did. Lovecraft & Witch Hearts (Compilation) - (2002). Dre released his first solo single, "Deep Cover," in the spring of 1992. Bitter Suites To Succubi (compilation) - (2001). Dr. RareDaemonAeon (Compilation/Covers) - (2001). Dre enjoyed significant success in NWA, but left the group at the peak of its popularity in 1991 to form Death Row Records with Suge Knight.

PanDaemonAeon (VHS/DVD) - (1998). Dr. Sodomizing The Virgin Vamps (Total Fucking Darkness demo + live tracks) - (1997). In 1986, he and fellow World Class Wreckin' Cru member DJ Yella were two of the founding members of NWA, a highly successful and controversial group that created the protoype for much of what was termed "gangsta rap" in the 1990s. Total Fucking Darkness (Demo) - (1993). Dre started his producing career as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru during the first half of the 1980s. The Black Goddess Rises (Demo) - (1992). Dr.

Orgiastic Pleasures (Demo) - (1992). He is also notable for being the co-founder of Death Row Records (with Suge Knight); and the founder of Aftermath Records, a successful imprint for Interscope Records that features multi-platinum artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, and Dre himself. Invoking the Unclean (Demo) - (1992). Dre is best-known as for his collaborations with West Coast hip hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Tupac Shakur, and also as a former member of pioneering gangsta rap group NWA. A Pungent And Sexual Miasma (split with Malediction) - (1992). Dre (born Andre Young on February 18, 1965 in Los Angeles, California) is an African-American record producer, rapper, and record executive, one of the most successful and well-known producers in the field of hip hop music. Nymphetamine - (2004). Dr.

Damnation and a Day - (2003). Knoc-Turn'al) (2002) #4 UK. Midian - (2000). "Bad Intentions" (feat. From the Cradle to Enslave (EP) - (1999). Snoop Dogg) (2000) #23 US; #3 UK. Cruelty and the Beast - (1998). "The Next Episode" (feat.

Dusk and Her Embrace - (1996). Eminem) (2000) #25 US; #7 UK. V Empire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustein (EP) - (1996). "Forgot About Dre" (feat. The Principle of Evil Made Flesh - (1994). Snoop Doggy Dogg) (2000) #6 UK. Mark Newby-Robson-Keyboards. "Still D.R.E." (feat.

Jeff Acres-Guitars. "Zoom" (with LL Cool J) (1998) #15 UK. Jared Demeter-Guitars. 2Pac). Dave Hirschheimer-Drums. "California Love" (1996) (feat. Damien Gregori - Keyboards. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (1995) #10 US; #25 UK.

Les "Lecter" Smith - Keyboards. "Let Me Ride" (1993) #34 US. Benjamin Ryan - Keyboards. "Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" (1993) #8 US. Robin Eaglestone - Bass. "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" (1993) #2 US; #31 UK. John Richard - Bass. (Nine Inch Nails).

Nicholas Howard Barker - Drums. Even Deeper, Nothing, 1999. Was Sarginson - Drums. (The Firm). Darren White - Drums. The Album, Aftermath, 1997. Paul Ryan - Guitars. Back N Tha Day, 1996.

Stuart Anstis - Guitars (1996-2000). First Round Knock Out, Triple X, 1996. Brian Hipp - Guitars. (contributor). Gian Pyres - Guitars. Murder Was the Case, Death Row, 1994. James McKillboy - Guitars - (2004-). Concrete Roots, Triple X, 1994.

Dave Pybus - Bass - (2002-2005) (ex-Anathema, Dreambreed). (Snoop Doggy Dogg). Martin Powell - Keyboards - (2000-) (ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Anathema, ex-Cryptal Darkness). Doggystyle, Death Row, 1993. Paul Allender - Guitars - (1991-1996, 2000-) (The Blood Divine). (Above The Law). Adrian Erlandsson - Drums - (2000-) (ex-At the Gates, ex-The Haunted, Terror). Livin' Like Hustlers, Epic, 1989.

Sarah Jezebel Deva - Female Backing Vocals - (1991-). (The D.O.C.). Dani Filth (Daniel Lloyd Davey) - Vocals - (1991-). No One Can Do It Better, Ruthless, 1989. The torture room in From the Cradle to Enslave music video is a homage to Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil. Detox, 2005. 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). Dre 2001, Aftermath, 1999.

Sarah Jezebel Deva, though she has been with the band since the start, has never been considered a band member. Dr. His favourite band is The Misfits. Dre Presents...The Aftermath, Aftermath, 1996. He has a long-time girlfriend (Toni) and a daughter (Luna), as well as three cats. Dr. Dani Filth's real name is Daniel Lloyd Davey. Greatest Hits, Central Station, 1996.

From the Cradle to Enslave. The Chronic, Death Row, 1992. Cruelty Brought Three Orchids. Niggaz4life, Ruthless, 1991. The Promise of Fever. 100 Miles and Runnin' , Ruthless, 1990. The Forest Whispers my Name. Straight Outta Compton, Ruthless, 1989.

Nymphetamine. and the Posse, Macola, 1987. Her Ghost in the Fog. N.W.A. 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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