Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth Offers Update On The Band’s Collaboration With Ed Sheeran

Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth has shared an update on the band’s upcoming collaboration with Ed Sheeran. The frontman says the song is still not complete, but the pop singer has already “done some of it.”

Filth told Knotfest the following:

“We still have yet to finish our song with Ed Sheeran. He’s done some of it, but then he had a baby, and then he got obviously sidetracked with that and doing whatever Ed does, which is play massive shows around the globe. He’s not at our beck and call. But he is gonna finish it, he assures me. Actually, I spoke to him quite recently.”

He also added the following about release plans:

“[It will be released] when it’s finished. We don’t know when it’s coming out.”

Sheeran’s collaboration with Cradle Of Filth will follow his previous collaboration with Bring Me The Horizon.

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Cradle Of Filth Guitarist Stuart Anstis Passes Away

Former Cradle Of Filth guitarist Stuart Anstis has sadly passed away. He was only 48 years old.

Frontman Dani Filth issued the following statement:

“It is with a deeply saddened heart that I have heard of the passing of my former guitarist Stuart Anstis at 48.

Stuart -despite our eventual differences- was an amazingly talented guitarist who brought a real sense of magick to everything he wrote in Cradle Of Filth.

For a long time he and I were bestest of friends living in a small village here in Suffolk and despite that relationship eventually changing, it did nothing to diminish the fan’s appreciation of his creative flair and talent right up to the present day.

‘Vempire’, “Dusk… and Her Embrace’ (though written mostly by former members, Stuart played all the guitars on this album), ‘Cruelty And The Beast’ and ‘From the Cradle To Enslave’ would have been completely different creatures if it were not for the depth of his astute and deliciously dark musicianship.

It truly is with a heavy sense of loss that we (and extreme music in general) bid farewell to Stuart.

May sombre flights of ravens wing you to your grave mate.

Rest In Phallustein.

Dani Filth, Midian, 2022 e.h.”

Ex-guitarist Richard Shaw also paid tribute to Anstis:

“Rest in peace, Stuart. It was an honour performing your music. Thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

Richard Shaw Says “A Lot Of Drama And B.S.” Led To His Departure From Cradle Of Filth

During an appearance on the “2020’d” podcast, Richard Shaw opened up about his departure from Cradle Of Filth. The guitarist says he left the group after getting tired of dealing with “drama and B.S.”

Shaw said the following:

“To be honest, it just got a point where I didn’t wanna do it anymore. It was as simple as that. Touring and traveling was never a problem for me. Writing and recording — the actual music side of things — I loved and I still love. It was all the behind-the-scenes stuff [that] kind of got to me after a while,” he explained. “It just got to a point where you find out things that you don’t like the sound of that’s been going on for a while. A lot of drama and B.S.

I’m a dad now. My life’s pretty hectic as it is without adding unnecessary drama to the bag. It just got to a point where I was, like, ‘This isn’t fun anymore.’ Doing the shows is fun most of the time, but it’s all the other stuff that was kind of getting to me. It’s time to walk away. If it’s not fun anymore, it’s time to step aside.”

He continued:

“Touring and writing and recording is the dream — it really is. But to me, it came at quite a high cost, and I wasn’t willing to pay that cost. Me, the keyboard player [Anabelle Iratni] and all but one of the crew didn’t wanna pay that cost. So they had to basically hire all new crew as well as a new keyboard player and a new guitar player… I don’t know. There’s a side of me that thinks if you just treat people better, it’d be less hassle. In a nutshell, just treat people better and show them the respect that they deserve and people kind of stick around.

My B.S. tolerance seems to have lowered over the years. There’s a lot of stuff that I kind of let slide [in the past] that towards the end I was, like, ‘I’m not letting that slide anymore.’ It was as simple as that.

I know this sounds super cryptic, but I still get on well with the band; I love everybody in the band. It’s more all the people behind the scenes.”

Shaw also discussed the financial side of things:

“It became one of those things where financially it wasn’t starting to make sense to stick around. I don’t know how much to say, but you get talking to other bands and other session members — ’cause I was a session member but I also wrote for the band — and you start discussing stuff with other people who are in similar boats, who are session musicians but also write for the band, and you go, ‘Hang on a minute. This doesn’t sound as fair as what you’ve got.'”

“You can make money, but you’ve gotta be smart about it. I never made a living off of CRADLE OF FILTH — never. I had to do other things to supplement those earnings. When I was on tour, I was getting paid and it was okay. Again, to be perfectly honest, not what it should have been. But it was okay. And now that I’ve got a family and things, it’s, like, okay, now I’m gonna be away from my family 24-7 for months on end, and I can kind of earn the same money back home and I see [my family] every day.

I think every musician I’ve ever met says the same. It’s, like, you don’t make the living a lot of people think you do. You need the multiple streams of income. Which I totally get, and I knew that was part of it going in. But like I say, you talk to other musicians and you talk to other writers, and you start thinking, ‘Hang on a minute. Something weird is going on. I’ve got a feeling some people aren’t telling the whole story here.’ And it just got to the point where I was, like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta weigh it up if it’s worth me sticking around for.’

He also added:

“I’ll be a hundred percent honest: there was also another side of me. We started writing what would have been my fourth album with the band and I put, like, seven or eight songs forward for it. And I found myself going on autopilot a little bit. And I was, like, ‘I’m doing this because I’ve been told I have to, not because I necessarily really feel the need to write this style of music anymore.’ So there was a lot of things going on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Cradle Of Filth Sign With Napalm Records

Cradle Of Filth have signed a new worldwide deal with Napalm Records. This news comes shortly after the band parted ways with guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist/vocalist Anabelle Iratni.

Frontman Dani Filth commented:

“It is with great expectation and excitement that we announce our move to Napalm Records, having seen and heard a great deal of complimentary things about the label, which in turn leads us to believe that this will be the perfect nesting ground for Cradle Of Filth in 2022 and beyond. We’d like to thank all our fans for their continued support and trust in us doing the right thing for the band and its music. All hail the eternal ‘Filth!”

Thomas Caser, CEO, Napalm Records, added:

“We are thrilled to welcome the most influential and iconic extreme metal band to our ever-growing Napalm Records family. Being a fan of the band since their very first album, it is with great honor and excitement that we’re able to work with them from now on! We are ready to conquer the metal world with Cradle Of Filth!”

Cradle Of Filth Part Ways With Guitarist & Keyboardist

Cradle Of Filth have parted ways with guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist/vocalist Anabelle Iratni. Guitarist Donny Burbage (Aether Realm) and keyboardist/vocalist Zoe Marie Federoff (Catalyst Crime) will be taking their places during the band’s upcoming shows.

The band commented:

“It is with the gravest of sadness that Cradle Of Filth announce the departure of guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist Anabelle Iratni from the band’s ranks.

Due to other commitments Richard is passing his prestigious baton to newcomer Donny Burbage, who will be fulfilling guitar duties throughout the forthcoming US tour with Danzig, alongside Ashok and bassist Daniel Firth.

We also say farewell to Anabelle and thank her for her awesome contribution on ‘Existence Is Futile,’ her successor being the very talented singer/keyboardist Zoe Marie Federoff. As with Rich, the band wish Anabelle continued success in all her future endeavours.”

Frontman Dani Filth added:

“Unfortunately it just is what it is. If someone feels that their tenure with the band has ended, then who am I to argue with that?

We have to respect that people have personal commitments and/or sometimes find the career choice of being in a band like Cradle a tad overwhelming.

That being said, the band are continuing as indefatigably as ever, with a slew of summer festival dates happening after the tour with Danzig in the US and Canada, plus further Autumn announcements to follow swiftly after. We also have another exciting announcement to share, but all in due course!

Regardless of what befalls us, we stay FILTHY!”

Cradle Of Filth Announce European/UK Tour With Alcest

Cradle Of Filth have announced a headlining European/UK tour. Alcest will open.

Tour Dates:

10/01 Paris, FRA – Elysee Montmartre
10/03 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
10/04 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
10/05 Eindhoven, NET – Effenaar
10/07 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
10/08 Bochum, GER – Matrix
10/09 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater
10/10 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
10/12 Brno, CZE – Fleda
10/13 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
10/14 Milan, ITA – Live Club
10/15 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
10/17 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
10/19 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
10/21 Barcelona, SPA – Razzamataz 1
10/22 Madrid, SPA – BUT Club
10/23 Pamplona, SPA – Totem
10/25 Rennes, FRA – L’etage
10/27 Bristol, UK – Marble Factory
10/28 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/29 London, UK – Indigo at the O2

Cradle Of Filth Announce North American Tour

Cradle Of Filth have announced a spring North American tour. The trek will include headlining dates and their previously announced shows with Danzig and Crobot.

Tour Dates:

With Danzig and Crobot:

05/05 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort
05/07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Arena (Danzig performing “Lucifuge“) (feat. Tiger Army)
05/08 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
05/10 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
05/11 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
05/14 Cincinnati, OH – Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center
05/15 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
05/17 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore at Harrah’s
05/18 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
05/19 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Cradle Of Filth:

05/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Club
05/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/22 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
05/23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05/25 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
06/01 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
06/02 Joliet, IL – The Forge
06/03 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
06/04 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
06/06 Montréal, QC – Théâtre Corona
06/07 Quebec City, QC – Impérial Bell
06/09 Albany, NY – Empire Live
06/10 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
06/11 Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

Cradle Of Filth Premiere “How Many Tears To Nurture A Rose?” Music Video

Cradle Of Filth have premiered a new video for their song “How Many Tears To Nurture A Rose?.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Existence Is Futile.” Frontman Dani Filth commented:

“This is yet another great video by director Vicente Cordero, encapsulating the occult essence of the song’s lyricism with great sweeping colorful strokes of total batshit-craziness. It really makes for frightening, yet strangely compelling viewing.”

Cradle Of Filth Cancel June Russian Tour

Cradle Of Filth have cancelled their June tour in Russia due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The band commented:

“As of today and due to the current situation unfurling in Ukraine, Cradle Of Filth have decided to cancel our forthcoming tour of Russia in June. ‘Peace is the only battle worth waging’ – Albert Camus”

They also added the following after receiving complaints from some of their fans:

“We are literally banned from playing Russia as it stands. Please stop with the idiotic comments. We realise our fans in Russia are not the ones to blame but under the current situation, this is the only path we can follow.”

Danzig Announces May U.S. Tour With Cradle Of Filth & Crobot

Danzig has announced a May U.S. tour with Cradle Of Filth and Crobot. Here’s the dates:

05/05 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort
05/07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Arena (performing “Lucifuge“) (feat. Tiger Army)
05/08 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
05/10 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
05/11 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
05/14 Cincinnati, OH – Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center
05/15 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
05/17 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore at Harrah’s
05/18 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
05/19 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater