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Cradle of Filth

Extreme Metal

Cradle of Filth is a British Extreme Metal band with influences from gothic metal, and other extreme metal sub-genres formed in 1991, in Suffolk, UK.

His musical style, his classification has caused a great controversy, he evolved from the Death Metal of his first demos towards a cleaner amalgamation that encompasses extreme metal, symphonic black metal and other styles of heavy metal. His lyrical themes and images have been widely influenced by Gothic literature, poetry, and mythology. The band have successfully fought their niche by courting the popular news media (often at the expense of their fans), and this has led to an increase in coverage by magazines like Kerrang! and TV channels like MTV, plus frequent stage appearances at major world rock festivals like Ozzfest, Download, and even the Sziget Festival.



The band has sometimes been viewed as satanic, although their references to Satanism are few and far between, and the use of related imagery is not part of the group’s intention to express a belief, but rather to create shock value. According to Metal Hammer magazine, they are the most successful British metal band since Iron Maiden.

Currently the band is made up of vocalist Dani Filth (founder and only original member), bassist Daniel Firth, guitarists Richard ShawMarek ‘Ashok’ and Rich Saw, and Martin Skaroupka on drums.



The band’s first three demos had a death metal semblance, with occasional symphonic elements. However, when they released their fourth demo, Total Fucking Darkness, their atmosphere became similar to black metal, but not matching the sound or the lyrics of it. Still, their status within black metal has been up for debate almost from the moment the band became popular. In 1998, in an interview for BBC Radio 5, Dani said, “I use the term heavy metal, instead of black metal, because I think that is temporary. Call it what you like: metalcore, black metal, any kind of metal … “, while Gavin Baddeley in an interview with Terrorizer magazine in 2006, states that” today, few people, including the band, would call Cradle black metal.”

Their format differs from most bands, black metal, and therefore, at one point or another, they have been labeled as symphonic metal, symphonic black metal, extreme gothic metal, melodic black metal, satanic metal, vampyric metal, speed. metal, death metal, melodic death metal, horror metal, some of which are considered by critics and fans to be totally apocryphal.



However, the evolution of the band’s sound has allowed them to continue resisting definitive categorization. They are audibly influenced by Iron Maiden, have collaborated on projects like Christian Death’s Born Again Anti-Christian album (on the track “” Peek-A-Boo “), and have even played outside of their musical genre with dance remixes (« Twisting Further Nails “,” Pervert’s Chuch “etc), although they have been forgotten in recent years. In a 2006 interview with Terrorizer magazine, Paul Allender said,” We were never a black metal band. That was what the makeup looked like. Even when ‘The Principle of Evil Made Flesh’ came out – look at Emperor, Burzum and all that stuff – we didn’t sound like that. The way I see it is that we were and still are now. , an extreme metal band. »

On April 9, 2001, in a presentation on the BBC’s music contest Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Dani jokingly stated that the band’s sound was like ‘heavy funk’, and in October 2006 in an interview he stated: ‘ We’d rather be known solely as ‘Cradle of Filth’ than be hampered by stupid gender barriers. ”

Discography :

  • 1994 – The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
  • 1996 – Dusk… and Her Embrace
  • 1998 – Cruelty and the Beast
  • 2000 – Midian
  • 2003 – Damnation and a Day
  • 2004 – Nymphetamine
  • 2006 – Thornography
  • 2008 – Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder
  • 2010 – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
  • 2012 – The Manticore and Other Horrors
  • 2015 – Hammer of the witches
  • 2017 – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
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