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Cradle of Filth is an extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk, United Kingdom in 1991. The band consists of Dani Filth (vocals), Paul Allender (guitars), Charles Hedger (guitars), Dave Pybus (bass), Sarah Jezebel Deva (backing vocals), Rosie Smith (keyboards), and Martin Skaroupka (drums).

In 1994, Cradle of Filth was signed to Cacophonous Records, on which they released their first album "The Principle of Evil Made Flesh". Cacophonous also pressed the "Vempire or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein" EP in 1996. After this the band were signed to Music For Nations, for whom they produced three of their most prominent full length CD's to date: "Dusk and Her Embrace", "Cruelty and the Beast", and "Midian". The "From the Cradle to Enslave" EP and a compilation dubbed "Bitter Suites to Succubi" also featured many original songs, as well as some covers and re-recordings of old songs. Then in 2003, they signed to Sony
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CRADLE OF FILTH albums / top albums

CRADLE OF FILTH The Principle of Evil Made Flesh album cover 3.07 | 21 ratings
The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
Melodic Black Metal 1994
CRADLE OF FILTH Dusk and Her Embrace album cover 4.11 | 35 ratings
Dusk and Her Embrace
Symphonic Black Metal 1996
CRADLE OF FILTH Cruelty and the Beast album cover 4.11 | 33 ratings
Cruelty and the Beast
Gothic Metal 1998
CRADLE OF FILTH Midian album cover 3.79 | 22 ratings
Gothic Metal 2000
CRADLE OF FILTH Damnation and a Day album cover 3.70 | 18 ratings
Damnation and a Day
Gothic Metal 2003
CRADLE OF FILTH Nymphetamine album cover 3.62 | 19 ratings
Gothic Metal 2004
CRADLE OF FILTH Thornography album cover 3.23 | 12 ratings
Gothic Metal 2006
CRADLE OF FILTH Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder: The Life and Crimes of Gilles de Rais album cover 3.67 | 11 ratings
Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder: The Life and Crimes of Gilles de Rais
Gothic Metal 2008
CRADLE OF FILTH Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa album cover 2.69 | 10 ratings
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Symphonic Black Metal 2010
CRADLE OF FILTH Midnight in the Labyrinth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midnight in the Labyrinth
Non-Metal 2012
CRADLE OF FILTH The Manticore and Other Horrors album cover 3.08 | 4 ratings
The Manticore and Other Horrors
Symphonic Black Metal 2012
CRADLE OF FILTH Hammer Of The Witches album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Hammer Of The Witches
Symphonic Black Metal 2015
CRADLE OF FILTH Dusk... and Her Embrace - The Original Sin album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Dusk... and Her Embrace - The Original Sin
Symphonic Black Metal 2016
CRADLE OF FILTH Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay album cover 4.57 | 3 ratings
Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay
Symphonic Black Metal 2017


CRADLE OF FILTH A Pungent and Sexual Miasma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Pungent and Sexual Miasma
Black Metal 1992
CRADLE OF FILTH V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein album cover 4.18 | 16 ratings
V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein
Symphonic Black Metal 1996
CRADLE OF FILTH From the Cradle to Enslave E.P. album cover 3.08 | 9 ratings
From the Cradle to Enslave E.P.
Symphonic Black Metal 1999
CRADLE OF FILTH Bitter Suites to Succubi album cover 3.59 | 8 ratings
Bitter Suites to Succubi
Gothic Metal 2001
CRADLE OF FILTH Evermore Darkly album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Evermore Darkly
Gothic Metal 2011

CRADLE OF FILTH live albums

CRADLE OF FILTH Live Bait for the Dead album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Live Bait for the Dead
Gothic Metal 2002
CRADLE OF FILTH Eleven Burial Masses album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Eleven Burial Masses
Gothic Metal 2007

CRADLE OF FILTH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CRADLE OF FILTH Orgiastic Pleasures Foul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Orgiastic Pleasures Foul
Death Metal 1992
CRADLE OF FILTH The Black Goddess Rises album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Black Goddess Rises
Death Metal 1992
CRADLE OF FILTH Invoking The Unclean album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Invoking The Unclean
Death Metal 1992
CRADLE OF FILTH Total Fucking Darkness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Total Fucking Darkness
Black Metal 1993
CRADLE OF FILTH 3 Song Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
3 Song Sampler
Gothic Metal 2004
CRADLE OF FILTH Devil Woman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devil Woman
Gothic Metal 2005
CRADLE OF FILTH Thornographic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gothic Metal 2006

CRADLE OF FILTH re-issues & compilations

CRADLE OF FILTH Lovecraft & Witch Hearts album cover 3.33 | 6 ratings
Lovecraft & Witch Hearts
Gothic Metal 2002
CRADLE OF FILTH Limited Edition 4 CD Slipcase album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Limited Edition 4 CD Slipcase
Gothic Metal 2006

CRADLE OF FILTH singles (5)

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Twisted Nails of Faith
Symphonic Black Metal 1998
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No Time To Cry
Gothic Metal 2001
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Babalon A.D.
Gothic Metal 2003
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Gothic Metal 2003
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Heartbreak and Seance
Symphonic Black Metal 2017

CRADLE OF FILTH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Gothic Metal 1999
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Heavy, Left-Handed and Candid
Gothic Metal 2001
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Peace Through Superior Firepower
Gothic Metal 2005


CRADLE OF FILTH Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay

Album · 2017 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Kev Rowland

It is hard to believe that Cradle of Filth have now been making a nuisance of themselves for more than 25 years, but here they are back with their 12th album, their second for Nuclear Blast. True, they have been through one or two musicians during that period (okay, so it’s the best part of 30, but who’s counting?), and while Dani has been there since the very beginning, only drummer Marthus can also claim to have been with the band for more than five years. Somehow it never seems to matter, as Dani has a very strong view on what the band should sound like, and the image they should portray, and to my ears it seems like all the travails and efforts have been leading to this point as to my poor abused ears this is the finest thing they have ever done.

For me there has always been a fine line with CoF as to whether they really mean it, or if they are in danger of becoming a parody of the very thing they are trying to represent, but here their blend of symphonic gothic black metal hits every mark, every time. I just can’t fault this album, as from beginning to end I found myself deep inside the dark world of Dani’s creation, where the drums pummel when they need to, the guitars are clean and melodic or distorted and riffing as the need arises, the symphonic histrionics are just right, the female vocals create just the right amount of balance (congratulations to Lindsay Schoolcraft who has large shoes to fill – I was always a huge fan of Sarah Jezebel Deva – but here she gets it spot on) and then there is Dani. Now solidly into his forties, young(ish) Mr. Filth has created an album that takes the bands to new heights, and while I have always had a soft spot for ‘Dusk...And Her Embrace’, I know this has taken the #1 slot for me. If you love CoF then rush out and get this now, as it is everything you have ever enjoyed about the band, just taken to the next level. If you have never been too sure, then now is the time to give them another try.


Album · 2000 · Gothic Metal
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Vim Fuego
Self–appointed "true" black metallers do not consider Cradle Of Filth to be true black metal.

No, Cradle Of Filth are not as raw as Dark Throne, early Burzum, or Mayhem. No, they don't play as fast as Marduk. No, their atmosphere and songwriting ability is not equal to that of Emperor. And the cardinal sin for the subterranean black metal judges, Cradle Of Filth have sold too many albums!

Look a little further into Cradle Of Filth, and you will see why they have sold so well. The band does not fall into the clichéd black metal trap of having to have paper–thin production, indecipherable strangled cat vocals, and one–dimensional songwriting. Midian is an excellent example of what a band can do when they do not follow the true black metal path, and people have voted with their wallets.

And why not! There are plenty of tasty melodies, the ubiquitous female vocals, and despite the naysayers complaints, plenty of instrumental, vocal and lyrical talent on display here. Dani Filth is his usual filthy self, creating twisted torrid tales of bloodlust and vempiric lesbianism, which he screeches, moans and rasps with glee. The guitars duel a la Iron Maiden, and the rhythm section is as tight as it's ever been.

Without getting into any sub–genre labeling arguments, this is first and foremost a metal album. Yes, metal, that long forgotten music form, played with loud guitars, guitar solos, over the top vocals, and the lyrics cover irreverent subjects like vampires, sex, and, er… sex with vampires… If you're a "true" black metal fan, you will hate this. If you're a fan of metal in general, check it out. It's damn good, tongue–in–(butt)cheek fun!

CRADLE OF FILTH The Manticore and Other Horrors

Album · 2012 · Symphonic Black Metal
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As you know by now, this is one of my favourite all time bands. Their early material is some of the strongest in metal and they are one of the most unique extreme metal bands on the planet. For a while, everything these guys touched turned to gold.

I noticed a slight failing with Thornography. I did enjoy a lot of it, but I could hear a weakness. Same with Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder. And then the weakest spots where shown on Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa (the band's worst album in my opinion).

Cradle where aware of upon making this album, they decided to go back to their roots a little and make what I would like to think of as Nymphetamine Part 2. Ok, that's a bit of a big step, but I can see slight similarities, especially in the pacing of the songs.

One example, is the storytelling nature of the songs. Probably one of the most enjoyable features on the album. Another is the impact of the guitar on the album. The keys and orchestra has been turned down, and the riffs are now the driving force of the song.

Now...I do prefer Nymphetamine by a long shot, but this album didn't deserve half the criticism it got. Don't get me wrong, it's far from being their best, but it's also not their worst either.

Some of the biggest flaws on this album are some ailments that Cradle have been suffering from for a while now. Dani's vocals are never gonna be what they used to be, so he really is limited to what he can and can't do. On this album, his delivery is very limited, with him only staying in a certain register for the most and only doing highs and lows on random moments, rather than showing the full range of his vocal prowess. The vocals are also a bit too low in the mix as well.

Instrumentally, the band are now down to a 3 piece, with Paul being the soul guitarist, and Martin now playing drums and playing all the keyboard parts. The songs can be a bit over the place at times, with a very odd structure. In a progressive way, it's kind of cool, but with an extreme metal band, having a good structured song can always make them more enjoyable.

Also...the album is worth the price for the amazing artwork inside the booklet (the front is a bit lack lustre). Also, the booklet smells nice (what...I love the smell of a good booklet).

1. The Unveiling Of O – An introduction really. 5/10

2. The Abhorrent – One of the albums most interesting songs on the album. A real hellride and a great introduction. 9/10

3. For Your Vulgar Delectation – The first song I heard off the album. A rather enjoyable song, that should have had a video. One of the best songs on the album. 9/10

4. Illicitus – The most black metal sounding song on the album. Some nice use of choirs and orchestration. 8/10

5. Manticore – A brilliantly paced and extciting song, with some pretty cool and vivid lyrics. Some nice twists and turns throughout. 8/10

6. Frost On Her Pillow – I really don't know why they decided to release this song as a single. It's the band's most forgetful song. I will never hum along to this cause I really just don't care about it. One of the worst things these guys have done. Generic as can ever be. 4/10

7. Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair – Weird synths...starting off a Cradle Of Filth song? Yes I was taken back, but I did rather enjoy the punky and fast paced feel to the song. 8/10

8. Pallid Reflection – What Frost On Her Pillow should have been. A slower song, with hooks and melody. This should have been one of the possible video/single songs. 8/10

9. Siding With The Titans – The strongest lyrical moment on the album. Spme really killer crushing riffs on this song, and of course, strong images being presented by the lyrics. 9/10

10. Succumb To This – One of the best and most catchiest Cradle songs I have heard in a while. Nice hooks and it's also good to hear female vocals returning to the album. Some interesting lyrics as well. 9/10

11. Sinfonia – A nice little instrumental to end of the album. 6/10

CONCLUSION: A slight return to form and a step in a new direction. I was going to give up on this band after that last album, but this album has given me hope. A quite enjoyable listen, short and sweet and something a little different. I do wish they would see sense and return to their glory days, but because the band are so topsy turvy these days, it's hard to keep an eye on them. I am looking forward to whatever they do next.


CRADLE OF FILTH The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

Album · 1994 · Melodic Black Metal
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After cutting several demos, predominantly in the death metal vein, Cradle recorded their rawest studio album and perhaps the one closest to the black metal they are often associated with. But even at this juncture, there were many other styles vying for prominence. Subdued death metal riffs rip out of icy black metal charges, belting along in the manner of 80s German thrash. For good measure, gothic melodrama is supplied courtesy of influence from the death doom scene (Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bride), with Anathema’s then vocalist, Darren White lending his vocals to a couple of tracks. The band also mention Diamanda Galas as an influence in those days, the creepy atmosphere of the pervading keyboards providing testament to this.

The keyboard intro and several scattered interludes add little to the album for me, and come off as cheap and a bit tacky. The real meat on the album, begins as the tearing thrashing roar of the title track takes hold. The band’s penchant for unconventional writing and a “symphonic” style are unashamedly displayed with great success off the bat. As we will come to expect, Dani Filth’s verbose reams of dark poetry ride the wave of constant changes, inspired in equal measure by Lovecraft, Sabbat’s Martin Walkyier and the Norwegian black metal scene. Vocals on this album are going to be almost unrecognisable to later fans (as they were to me, coming to this after hearing Midian), but the low rasp buried in the mix gets easier to listen to in time, and adds to the atmosphere for me. The more gothic tinged “The Forest Whispers My Name”, erupts from tinkling keys and bass to form a slower, doom inspired journey that still finds itself shifting as madly as the last track.

As with its predecessor on their demos, “The Black Goddess Rises” is the most death metal inspired offering here, a crushing epic coloured by a frosty black metal palate. “To Eve the Art of Witchcraft” and “Of Mist and Midnight Skies” continue the drawn out attack effectively despite being lesser known than the earlier tracks. “A Dream of Wolves in the Snow” is the only keyboard lead track that feels right at home, Darren White’s weak vocals here providing the right feel for the trickling water effect and background keys. “Summer Dying Fast” is a speedy, thrash inspired affair that closes the album but for a spoken word track that fades off into some bleak distance, readying us for the next round.

I’ve always enjoyed this album, raw only by their standards though, and by no means close to the sound of the second wave black metal bands. It has the hallmarks of 90s British metal’s desire for individuality, and won’t be tied down to fewer musical ideas. Luckily they were more than capable of pulling it off, as they were well versed and trained in all the metal styles of the day.

CRADLE OF FILTH Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder: The Life and Crimes of Gilles de Rais

Album · 2008 · Gothic Metal
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When it comes to Cradle of Filth, the general consensus within the metal community is that their earlier output is far superior to anything they've done in more recent years. That's not to say that most folks will claim that their newer albums are horrible - in some cases, it's quite the opposite - but most of the attention is often given to the band's first handful of records. As a result of this common mindset, many newcomers to the band may be inclined to initially skip over 2008's Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder - a real shame, as I'd actually consider this to be one of the Cradle's finest moments. Complete with a chilling, bombastic, and downright evil story focused around the life and wrongdoings of infamous French serial killer Gilles de Rais, this masterpiece showcases Dani Filth and company at the absolute top of their game. If gothic atmospheres, symphonic overtones, and overblown arrangements are what you crave in extreme metal, it's tough to go wrong with Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder.

Cradle of Filth's sound has become more polished over the years, but their core mix of symphonic black metal and gothic metal has more or less remained in tact since day one. Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder is undoubtedly an acquired taste, as the overblown and pompous nature of the album is likely to turn away quite a few of the more conservative 'purists'. If you're open to the idea of having a choir, loads of keyboards, and classical flourishes in your metal, however, you'll find that symphonic gothic/black metal doesn't get a whole lot better than this. Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder is an exceptionally well-made album, and it's clear that the band put a lot of thought into the compositions and arrangements of this observation. The crystal-clear production allows the listener to easily experience every small detail in the music, and upon repeated spins, many subtle intricacies do begin to come to life. Everything from the eerie choir arrangements to the brilliantly intertwined recurring themes just reek of sheer perfection, and coming up with complaints for an album this good is quite a challenge. A cinematic overture in the form of “In Grandeur and Frankincense Devilment Stirs” instantly sets the mood for the entire album, and the subsequent dive into sinister symphonic black metal on “Shat Out of Hell” is simply enthralling.

Thankfully, the band maintains this level of intensity throughout all of Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder; although the album will be playing for over 71 minutes before it ends, it never feels stale or drawn out. The epic interludes, crushing metal riffs, and chilling narration always mix things up, and this is truly one of Cradle of Filth's finest moments from a compositional standpoint. There's really not a weak song in sight, and the musicianship is also among the finest in extreme metal. The drumming from Martin Škaroupka (or Marthus) just blows me away every time, and his chaotic mix of blast beats, frantic fills, and technically demanding rhythmic patterns never cease to amaze me. The man is simply a monster, and a complete treat to listen to for any drum nut.

Though I am in a rather small minority, I consider Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder to be one of the best albums from Cradle of Filth. The chilling concept about an absolutely vile human being is brilliantly realized to its fullest potential on this observation, and the riffs and arrangements are among the best in the band's discography. Music this pompous is bound to sound a bit cheesy at times, and although this does happen in a few instances on Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder, I wouldn't say that it necessarily detracts from my overall experience. If I'm in the right mood for it, Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder always scratches my itch for bombastic and overblown extreme metal; and, in reality, that's all it really needs to do. A very effective, well-produced, and brilliantly composed album, Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder is an essential listen for anybody curious about Cradle of Filth's music.

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UMUR wrote:
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Junkiemaxxx wrote:
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CoF belongs to: Death Metal (early), Symphonic Black Metal (mid), Gothic/Extreme Symphonic Metal, not gothic metal ONLY!!! Please fix it!


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