CRADLE OF FILTH (ENGLAND)


CRADLE OF FILTH was created in the environs of Ipswich in Suffolk during 1991 by former PDA and FEAST ON EXCREMENT vocalist Dani Filth (a.k.a. Dani Lloyd Davey), guitarist Paul Ryan, bassist Jon Richard and drummer Darren Garden. At first the new unit went by the title BURIAL but, upon discovering the Liverpool act of the same name, adopted CRADLE OF FILTH. This inaugural line-up cut the opening demo ‘Invoking The Unclean’ in 1992, shortly after which second guitarist Robin Graves (real name Robin Mark Eaglestone), previously with MALICIOUS INTENT and NIGHTBREED, was added. Further rehearsal recordings were made titled ‘The Black Goddess Rises’, including a cover version of MASSACRE's 'Dawn Of Eternity'. Also surfacing that year would be a split cassette entitled 'A Pungent And Sexual Miasma' shared with Middlesborough's MALEDICTION. Another 1992 demo, the seven track ‘Orgiastic Pleasures Foul’, ensued after which Jon Richard departed to create HECATE ENTHRONED, the band maneuvering Graves to bass to plug the gap and drafting Paul Allender on second guitar and Benjamin Ryan on keyboards. CRADLE OF FILTH were to be the victims of an unfortunate historical faux pas the same year. Having contracted to the low budget Tombstone label the band recorded an intended debut album bearing the title 'Goetia'. When it became clear to the studio owners that Tombstone could not finance the finalized sessions the finished tapes were erased. It was to be the act’s third demo, ‘Total Fucking Darkness’ issued in December 1993, that really set the mould for future works and scored a deal with Cacophonous Records. The debut, February 1994’s ’The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh’, found the band with yet another new face as Nicholas Barker, previously a member of MONOLITH and live session player for CANCER, took over the drum stool. For this outing the band credited their roles as Dani Filth "Dark Immortal Screams", Paul Allender "Despondent Night Chords", Benjamin Ryan "Gothic Vampiric Overtures", Robin Graves "Nocturnal Pulse", Paul Ryan "Satanic War Noise" with Nicholas Barker delivering "Winter Evening Storms". Notably, Darren White of ANATHEMA guested on the track 'A Dream Of Wolves In The Snow' with other embellishments courtesy of singer Andrea Meyer-Haugen, known as "Nebelhexe" of HAGALAZ' RUNEDANCE, and cellist Soror Proselenos.


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INVOKING THE UNCLEAN 1992 DEMO

Regular Xerox four panel covers. The first editions of the demos were done on black cassettes and then after that the band used a mixture of blank tapes by Supertape and TDK but they ALL had labels with Dani's handwriting on them. All Artwork by Dani

TRACK LISTING:
- Chewing Your Guts
- Circle of Perversion
- Loathsome Fucking Christ
- Darkly Erotic
- Dead Orchestra

 

ORGIASTIC PLEASURES FOUL 1992 DEMO

Regular Xerox three panel covers. The first editions of the demos were done on black cassettes and then after that the band used a mixture of blank tapes by Supertape and TDK but they ALL had labels with Dani's handwriting on them. Artwork by Dani

TRACK LISTING:
- Bleeding in Heaven
- As My Stomach Churns
- Funeral
- Darkly Erotic
- Graveyard by Moonlight
- So Violently Sick
- Foul Winds Threaten

ORGIASTIC PLEASURES FOUL 1992 DEMO TAPE:

 

A PUNGENT AND SEXUAL MIASMA 1992 DEMO

Regular Xerox four panel covers. Split demo with Malediction. First of two versions. Released in March 1992

TRACK LISTING:
- So Violently Sick
- Funeral
- Dawn Of Eternity (Massacre Cover)
- Circle Of Perversion
- Chewing On Your Guts
- Loathsome Fucking Christ
- Darkly Erotic
- This Fetid Dank Oasis
- Our Father Which Art In Earth

Malediction
- Mould Of An Industrial Horizon
- Infestation
- Waste
- Longterm Result
- System Fear
- Sick New Facts
- Murdered From Within

 

A PUNGENT AND SEXUAL MIASMA 1992 DEMO

Regular Xerox one panel covers. Split demo with Malediction. This version came with a RED foldout that included song titles, info and thanks. Second of two versions. Released in Sept. 1992

TRACK LISTING:
- So Violently Sick
- Funeral
- Dawn Of Eternity (Massacre Cover)
- Circle Of Perversion
- Chewing On Your Guts
- Loathsome Fucking Christ
- Darkly Erotic
- This Fetid Dank Oasis
- Our Father Which Art In Earth

Malediction
- Mould Of An Industrial Horizon
- Infestation
- Waste
- Longterm Result
- System Fear
- Sick New Facts
- Murdered From Within

A PUNGENT AND SEXUAL MIASMA 1992 DEMO INSERT:


 

TOTAL FUCKING DARKNESS 1992 DEMO

Pro printed covers. Pro printed cassettes. The back of the cover contains band photo, thanks list and recording info. Some lyrics, not all are included. All Artwork by Dani. This says its a promo for Goetia, which was their unreleased album with the same title.

TRACK LISTING:
- The Black Goddess Rises
- Unbridled at Dusk
- The Raping of Faith
- As Deep as Any Burial
- Fraternally Yours, 666

TOTAL FUCKING DARKNESS 1992 DEMO TAPE:

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