The Suffolk, UK based vampire coven Cradle of Filth rings a bell with every metalhead – unless you’ve spent the last two and a half decades on a desert island. Their dynamic mix of fast black or dark metal and NWOBHM-inspired guitar work is infamous and instantly recognizable.
The lyrical content on Cradle’s concept albums ranges from Vlad Tepes and countess Elizabeth Bathory to Gilles de Rais and she-devil Lilith. All the ingredients for the perfect horror metal cocktail are right there! Cradle of Filth is the kind of band you either love or hate: some of the early fans accused the band of currying favor with mainstream circles by abandoning the black metal of their early years.
Still, in spite of numerous personnel changes that have left singer Dani Filth as the only remaining founding member, Cradle’s music is drenched in a gothic horror atmosphere characterized by classic heavy metal guitar leads, resulting in an inimitable signature.