Dani Filth talks to Iron Serbian about recording with the new members, old metal favorites, living in England, being signed to Epic/Sony and more @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California 02/20/16
Cradle of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band’s musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more “produced” amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal and other extreme metal styles. Their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by gothic literature, poetry,mythology and horror films.
The band’s style has been described as symphonic black metal, gothic metal, “gothic black metal”and even “dark metal”.However, the band’s evolving sound has allowed them to continue resisting definitive categorisation. 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 dabbled outside of metal music with dance remixes (such as “Twisting Further Nails” and “Pervert’s Church” which was absorbed into “From The Cradle To Enslave – Under Martian Rule Remix”), although these have fallen by the wayside in recent years.
Appearing on the BBC music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 9 April 2001, Filth jokingly claimed Cradle’s sound as “heavy funk”, and in an October 2006 interview stated, “we’d rather be known as solely ‘Cradle of Filth’, I think, than be hampered by stupid genre barriers.