The band Cradle of Filth is a heavy metal band that was formed in Suffolk, England in 1991. There have been various metal music communities that have embraced them and disowned them with equal enthusiasm. Their unique sound evolved from black metal to gothic metal, symphonic metal and other extreme metal styles blended while the lyrical composition hold heavy influences from gothic literature, poetry, mythology and horror films. The casual outsider may observe Cradle of Filth as satanic, although the lyrical references to Satanism are few and far between and the use of satanic imagery is mainly for shock value rather than any perceived spiritual beliefs. Metal Hammer magazine has pegged Cradle of Filth as the most successful British metal band since Iron Maiden.
During the first 3 years of Cradle of Filth, there were 3 demos and a recorded rehearsal tape. During this time, there were a number of member fluctuations and has continued so ever since where at any given time there are 6 or so members of Cradle of Filth. Before the third demo was recorded, an unreleased album entitled Goetia was completed with a scheduled release with Tombstone Records. Unfortunately Tombstone was unable to purchase the recordings from the studio and the tracks were lost. Cacophonous Records eventually signed them and released the debut album The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh. Although still new to their genre, the album was well received and carved the path for their success.
With a business relationship gone badly, Cradle of Filth pushed out one last contractual album Vempire Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustien. Even though this album was hastily recorded as an out from their contract, most of the tracks such as Queen Of Winter and Throned are the pillars of the band’s live sets to this very day. From there Cradle of Filth signed with Music For Nations in 1996.
Dusk And Her Embrace was released later in 1996. This album contains lyrics that are faster and more accomplished which differs from the sound of their previous albums. It was generally based on vampirism and specifically on the writings of Sheridan Le Fanu. In 1998 the album Cruelty And The Beast was released based on the legend of the Blood Countess in Countess Dracula. It was with this album that led to Cradle of Filth’s US debut.
2004 brought the first album from Roadrunner Records titled Nymphetamine. Thornography is the most recent album from Cradle of Filth released in October 2006. Although shortly after the release, Cradle of Filth lost their long time drummer to other interests, they are still optimistic. The band’s official message board talks of already having 4 new songs ready for production and more to come with the sound of the old Cradle of Filth. With this excitable statement, one can only look forward to the newest album and what it has in store for listeners.
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