ROADRUNNER RECORDS A-Z OF BRUTALITY // CRADLE OF FILTH
Posted on May 31, 2013
Suffolk's most cherished Cradle Of Filth formed back in 1991. The line-up originally comprised of Dani Filth, Paul & Benjamin Ryan, Jonathan Pritchard & Darren White. Over the years Cradle Of Filth would become known for their revolving line-up with other 20 musicians. Cradle Of Filth's extreme gothic metal has made them an enigma to categorise, neither falling fully within black metal & offering a sound far more extreme than traditional heavy metal. It is safe to say that they have created their own sombre, horrific & grandiose niche of extreme metal. After 3 demos, 5 full studio albums & a t-shirt which would be banned in certain countries, Cradle Of Filth signed to Roadrunner Records for their 6th studio album 'Nymphetamine.'
The album was produced by ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano & released on September 28th 2004. The 14 track album included the singles 'Devil Woman' & 'Nymphetamine Fix' which featured Liv Kristine from Theatre Of Tragedy. The album also included narration by Doug Bradley AKA Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies & King Diamond backing vocals on 'Devil Woman.'
2006 saw the release of their 2nd Roadrunner album 'Thornography'. According to frontman Dani Filth the title is meant to represent man's obsession with sin & self. The album featured the bands controversial cover of Heaven 17's hit 'Temptation'. The deluxe edition of the record was released in 2008 & featured more covers in the form of 'Halloween II' originally by Glenn Danzig's Samhain & 'Stay' by 'Shakespears Sister'.
The concept album 'Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder' was the bands final Roadrunner release & came out in 2007. The album which saw Cradle Of Filth as a four piece for the first time was a concept album based upon the life of Gilles de Rais. Cradle Of Filth's lyrical content has always gravitated towards horror, mythology & gothic literature. In this instance the character of Gilles de Rais became the focal point. He had fought side by side with Joan Of Arc before becoming a murderer, sexual deviant & Satanist.