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Cradle Of Filth

British black metal band Cradle of Filth were formed in 1991, originally comprised of vocalist Dani Filth (born Daniel Lloyd Davey), guitarist Paul Ryan, his keyboardist brother Benjamin, bassist John Richard, and drummer Darren. After recording a demo dubbed Invoking the Unclean a year later, the group recruited guitarist Robin Eaglestone, who quit soon after recording a second demo, Orgiastic Pleasures; however, when Richard exited the band a short time later, Eaglestone stepped back in to assume bass duties, opening the door for guitarist Paul Allender. Following a third demo, Total F**king Darkness, Cradle of Filth -- with new drummer Nicholas Barker -- signed with the Cacophonous label, issuing their proper debut, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, in mid-1994.

The lineup changes continued when the Ryan brothers both departed to form the Blood Divine (and Allender left as well), making room for guitarists Stuart Antsis and Jared Demeter and keyboardist Damien Gregori to debut on the 1996 mini-LP Vempire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein. For the full-length Dusk and Her Embrace later that same year, Gian Pyres took Demeter's spot, and afterward, Gregori was replaced by keyboardist Les Smith; at any rate, the album substantially expanded the group's growing cult following. COF's next effort, Cruelty and the Beast, appeared in 1998, amid the group's steadily growing reputation for elaborate Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson-style concert theatrics. Two years later the group returned with From the Cradle to Enslave, an EP that featured new drummer Adrian Erlandsson (formerly of Sweden's At the Gates and the Haunted), as Barker had departed to join Dimmu Borgir.

The band's dizzying lineup changes continued apace as Paul Allender rejoined the group and Martin Powell (ex-Anathema and My Dying Bride) replaced Smith on keyboards for the full-length Midian, which was appropriately released on Halloween 2000. Bitter Suites to Succubi was issued on Spitfire in summer 2001. The group added a choir and orchestra to the lineup for 2003's Damnation and a Day on Red Ink, and moved to Roadrunner for 2004's Nymphetamine. Thornography followed on Roadrunner in 2006, a year that also saw the release of The Cradle of Filth Box Set. Eleven Burial Masses, a collection of live material, arrived in 2007, followed by the concept album Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder in 2008, which saw Erlandsson replaced by new drummer Martin "Marthus" Škaroupka.

In 2010, the band left Roadrunner, signing to Peaceville in Europe and Nuclear Blast in the U.S. for the release of its ninth studio album, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, a concept album that focused on the myth of the demon Lilith, the alleged first wife of the biblical Adam. It was the first Cradle album not to contain any instrumental tracks, and also featured the sole appearance with the band of keyboardist Ashley Ellyllon, formerly of Abigail Williams. In 2012, reduced to the trio of Filth, Allender, and Škaroupka, the band released The Manticore and Other Horrors, on which they did a bit of a turnabout, returning female vocals and hardcore punk riffs to the fore. A deluxe remastered and expanded edition of their early demo Total F**king Darkness was slated for release in May 2014, featuring additional, previously unreleased tracks. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I absolute love Danish screetching, v e r y intense,I think if demons spoke fluent English,I wouldn't be able to tell them apart,I want even MORE insane,rabid screaming on the next album,but I'm sure there won't be enough to appease my ears,dani,pl e a s e screetch more!!I want you to really yell!,,,,lik e your really really freakin'it up
Theatre shmeatre,who needs to go out to theatre when you can son a perfect set of Bose HD phones and enter the world of make believe,to include orgies,sacri f i c e s , b l o o d letting and drinking,enc o u n t e r i n g ghosts,demon s , v a m p i r e s , o r even the devil himself,but if your head is under your covers while abed, don't peak from under them
The theme song,or perhaps a dirge describing the events from late 08 into 09
Filthy f**king chaos. Destroying dreams and replacing hope with madness. Succumb too your black hearts desires. Temptations fuel the beast...
I call this band erotic progressive speed black metal,And the u k. Certainly shat out a good crazy bunch of horny demonic incubi and succuli,they are unbelievable
melalfaro198 8
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Years ago,in 06&07 I first started hearing them,was blown away! I was amazed by them,lyrics, r i f f s , k e y b o a r d s ,and especially Danish insane screeching! I begin writing song lyrics that were as eccentric,da r k and profound as there's,hone s t l y , one day perhaps I will post some lyrics that I wrote . You would love them
Best band alive!
My favorite band
Haha wtf is this crap
rene.jaramil l o 8 9 9 1
Great band, wish I had discovered the band in the old days
F**k all terrorists, lfuck all the nniggers, long live Cradle of Filth!
Fucken awesome
always loved this band since i was 14 still bad a** till this day
When i first heard them. i thought it was death metal.
@zoola: it's old a** copypasta. Lurk moar.
Bawdy77, if you're so mature for your age, can you learn to spell? (And yeah t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! Is so mature...)
CRADLE OF FILTH!! \m/
hi every1 im new!!!!!!! *holds up spork* my name is katy but u can call me t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m!!!!!!!! lol...as u can see im very random!!!! thats why i came here, 2 meet random ppl like me ^_^... im 13 years old (im mature 4 my age tho!!) i like 2 watch invader zim w/ my girlfreind (im bi if u dont like it deal w/it) its our favorite tv show!!! bcuz its SOOOO random!!!! shes random 2 of course but i want 2 meet more random ppl =) like they say the more the merrier!!!! lol...neways i hope 2 make
a** kikin shizznit
HUGE CoF FAN!! \m/ ' ' \m/
Dawn of eternity, hell awaits (cover), angel of death (cover), her ghost in the fog, hallowed be Thy name (cover), sodomy & lust, Babylon A.D, I really miss their old s**t. their new s**t is nothing compared to their old albums before thornography or nymphetamine
lordnokmar
Cruelty and the beast...
i was just listening to Hollywood Undead, how did i get to this...im not complaining, so please dont hate me
Gotta say Godspeed was genius!!! Great story telling, vocal delivery and instrumentat i o n . Not one moment of boredom. HORNS UP!! \m/
I thought I'd get more black metal and less melodic death metal when I made this station. I already have like 6 melodic death metal stations.
I've been a huge fan for many years. Got to meet the band at a show in Denver. Have 3 C.O.F. stations on my profile .
I cant get enough of their Evermore Darkly album
Bitter suites succubi, crulty an the beast,from the cradle to enslave,an the best of,
i love the hell out of the nymphetamine
Love the old stuff.
Tonight In Flames! Our deaths will be the start of something glorious! These were my old rebel days! Hah! Fuckkk yeah!
this is such a great band i normally skip round till i find nymphetamine . or her ghost in the fog. two great songs by them. love every band on this station actually
Her Ghost In The Fog is probably one of the most poetic songs I've ever heard....alt h o u g h I guess the same could be said about most of COF's songs. \m/ Love em.
Always
Real talent RESPECT
Hell yeah Cradle of Filth jams!!! \m/ Vlad
They sometimes make sexy album pictures
They r as good as ok gets
Wish the tour the u.s.a. soon!!! Goto mayhem2013!
These guys still sound great 20 years and still going strong! my best regards go out to you. I have nothing but respect for Cradle.
I love this band
Badass!
This song f**king rocks
Nymphetamine is a great one.
i just found this band a couple of weeks ago and want to buy an album, anyone tell me which one i should start with?
Cradle rules
darkcrows_ar e _ 6 6 6
Furthermore, in reference to the Megadeth comments. Really!? Megadeth!? Dave Mustaine pu**ed out and actually appeared on 60 minutes! He's even CANCELLED tours with such bands as Rotting Christ, just because he deems them too evil fir his tastes! Enough said...
darkcrows_ar e _ 6 6 6
@iTunes... CoF is not nor were they ever black metal. It is an insult to actual black metal listeners to label them as such. Even in his book, Dani stated they were of no such label.
Right!? Megadeth is amazing!
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