Cradle of Filth Songs Ranked

Cradle of Filth is an English extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk, England in 1991. The band’s musical style evolved originally from black metal to a cleaner and more “produced” amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic metal, and other metal genres. Their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by Gothic literature, poetry, mythology, and horror films. The band consists of its founding member, vocalist Dani Filth, drummer Martin ‘Marthus’ Škaroupka, bassist Daniel Firth, guitarists Richard Shaw and Marek ‘Ashok’ Šmerda, and keyboardist Anabelle Irani. The band has broken free from its original niche by courting mainstream publicity. This increased accessibility has brought coverage from the likes of Kerrang! and MTV, along with frequent main stage appearances at major festivals such as Ozzfest, Download, and even the mainstream Sziget Festival. They have sometimes been perceived as Satanic by casual observers, even though their outright lyrical references to Satanism are few and far between; their use of Satanic imagery has arguably always been more for shock value than any seriously held beliefs. Here are all of Cradle of Filth songs ranked

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15. Summer Dying Fast (The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, 1994)

“This song is not about the end of summer, it appears that way but they mention to much about war. This lyric to me seems to be about the dead rising up and beginning a war against humanity. Clearly Dani was writing about undead.”

14. For Your Vulgar Delectation (The Manticore ,and Other Horrors, 2012)

“Had I not been aware of the personnel change, I never would have guessed that Paul was handling both guitar parts and that Marthus was covering drums and keyboards, because this is the most fleshed out the band has sounded in a long time. With a deliciously heavy guitar tone, solid percussion, high quality synth that accentuates but doesn’t overpower, catchy melodies, and a balanced vocal variety, this track takes everything that worked in the past three albums and meshes them together masterfully. The band has had a history of blowing their top-tier material in preview tracks, so here’s hoping that trend does not continue, and that For Your Vulgar Delectation is indicative of what awaits on the rest of the album.”

13. Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned) (Evermore Darkly, 2011)

“Took me a while to like this track because of high vocals Dani adds, which he rarely does if ever. After a few listens I think this is one of the strongest tracks on the album.”

Cradle Of Filth – The Manticore And Other Horrors - Extended Claws (2013,  256 kbps, File) - Discogs

12. Bathory Aria (Cruelty and the Beast, 1998)

“Every time I listen to this song, full I am like what 10 minutes I over! Then I listen to it over again and again and I can’t get enough of it. very well combined song, both sentiment and metal.”

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11. The Forest Whispers My Name (The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, 1994)

“The Forest Whispers my Name is one of the songs that I personally think are the most beautiful of this first album by the British vampires, a thought perhaps not shared only by myself since this song is the ‘unique from the first album then also taken up in the following mini cd V Empire (and other Dark Fairytales in Phallustiem).”

10. The Death of Love (Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder, 2008)

“he lyrics and the riffs are just magical. Dani filth has been at his very best. Nymphetamine and Death of love are two most beautiful songs from the band. As usual female vocals in both the songs are so beautiful complimenting Danni s’ vocals.

Cradle Of Filth – Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder (2008, Vinyl) - Discogs

9. Lilith Immaculate (Evermore Darkly, 2011)

“This is the song that brought me into COF, my first gothic metal song. Heavy riffs, beautiful melodies, some of Marthus’ best drumming, and sexy as hell..”

8. From the Cradle to Enslave (From the Cradle to Enslave, 1999)

“This song perfectly bridges CoF’s earlier gothic splendour and later experimental stage. The whole cd is just poetic and story telling. True lyricism and instrumental musicianship. This not for the mainstream. But there is an opera type feel, in that it’s catchy and one song seems to lead to the other. You will be humming it all day long.”

7. Queen of Winter, Throned (Live Bait for the Dead, 2007)

“I had listened and loved this band for years before discovering this song. When I did it gave me so much appreciation for them. How many songs can make you think, it’s about to end and it could have been any better. Then all the sudden 5 more minutes of master piece. This band isn’t just about music. It’s like a drug you take to enter a whole new gothicly delicious world.”

CRADLE OF FILTH Frontman DANI FILTH Talks Cruelty And The Beast Album Cover  - "Voted One Of The Best Metal Artworks Of All Time" - BraveWords

6. Funeral in Carpathia (Dusk and Her Embrace, 1996)

“The Carpathians are a mountain range in northern Romania – Transylvania. I guess referring to Carpathia is a little less cliched and faux vampire cheesy than writing about Transylvania. Sounds better as well.”

5. A Gothic Romance (Dusk and Her Embrace, 1996)

“Awesome lyrics with awesome everything! Its is so haunting and the screams are so great. But I gotta say COF need more deep throat rather than a pig scream. But then again the lyrics are beyond words, godly masterpiece”

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4. Dusk and Her Embrace (Dusk and Her Embrace, 1996)

“Amazing song! A true symphonic black metal masterpiece! This music and lyrics have such beauty to them. People think this is scream but this is full of magic, excellent literature and this is 6 minutes full of madness.”

Dusk & Her Embrace | Cradle Of Filth CD | EMP

3. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Cruelty and the Beast, 1998)

“The original is one of my favorite songs and hearing this is so fucking amazing cause I know the whole lyrics and it’s a fantastic cover! Great job!”

2. Her Ghost in the Fog (Midian, 2000)

“The song is awesome… One of my favorites… The guitar and the vocal is just exceptional… It should be the best cradle of filth song… Its one of the best gothic metal songs in the world… I love it”

1. Nymphetamine Fix (Nymphetamine Fix, 2004)

“This song came out of nowhere from Cradle. A beautiful melodic number that, rather than hit hard, soared majestically. It’s actually the song that got me into the band (though I had known of them for a while). Since then I’ve bought about everything they’ve done over the years. But this song is always special to me. I’ve heard them perform it live quite a few times, with Lindsay Schoolcraft my favourite vocalist on it, and the crowds always love it. Truly Cradle’s crowning achievement thus far.”