[[caption-width-right:350:The 2016 incarnation of the band (left to right: Marthus, Daniel Firth, Lindsay Schoolcraft, Dani Filth, Ashok, Rich Shaw).]]
-> ''"It sounds horrible, but it's really quite beautiful!"''
-->--'''[[Creator/NoelFielding Richmond Avenal]]''', ''Series/TheITCrowd'', on "Coffin Fodder"

Cradle of Filth is a metal band from Suffolk, England. They got their start in 1991, releasing three demos and a rehearsal tape, and completing one album, ''Goetia'', on Tombstone Records, which had its tapes wiped when the label went out of business. Eventually, they signed to Cacaphonous and released their debut album, ''The Principle of Evil Made Flesh'', in 1994. They have signed to several other labels since then, most recently with Peaceville (signing in 2010). All of this has happened among [[IAmTheBand rapid and frequent line-up changes]], with lead singer Dani Filth being the only consistent member.

The band is probably best known for black metal fans decrying them as sellouts - the main reasons being abandoning black metal in order to move on to other metal genres, changing to a more commercial image, signing to mainstream labels (they even signed to Sony for one album), and courting mainstream publicity (hardcore black metal fans tend to frown on all of these). They still have a big fanbase, though, and, according to ''Metal Hammer'', they're the most successful British metal band since Music/IronMaiden.

'''Current members:'''
* Dani Filth: Lead vocals (1991-present)
* James [=McIlroy=]: Guitar (2003-2005, 2010-present)
* Martin Skaroupka: Drums (2006-present), keyboard (2012)
* Daniel Firth: Bass (2012-present)
* Lindsay Schoolcraft: Female vocals, keyboards (2013-present)

'''Live members:'''
* Rich Shaw: Guitars (2014-present)
* Marek Šmerda: Guitars (2014-present)

'''Former Members:'''
* Paul Ryan: Guitar (1991–1994)
* Stuart Anstis: Guitar (1995–1999)
* Gian Pyres: Guitar (1996–1999, 2000–2002)
* Charles Hedger: Guitar (2005–2009)
* Robin Graves: Bass (1992–1994, 1995–2002)
* Dave Pybus: Bass (2002–2012)
* Benjamin Ryan: Keyboards (1991–1994)
* Damien Gregori: Keyboards (1994–1997)
* Les Smith: Keyboards (1997–1999)
* Mark Newby-Robson: Keyboards and orchestrations (1999 live, 2006–2011 studio)
* Martin Powell: Keyboards, violin and guitars (2000–2005)
* Rosie Smith: Live keyboards and backing vocals: (2005–2009)
* Ashley Ellyllon: Keyboards and live backing vocals (2009–2011)
* Nicholas Barker: Drums (1993–1999)
* Adrian Erlandsson: Drums (1999–2006)
* Andrea Meyer: Female vocals (1993–1994)
* Danielle Cneajna Cottington: Female vocals (1994–1998)
* [[{{Angtoria}} Sarah Jezebel Deva]]: Female vocals (1994–2008, 2011)
* Paul Allender: Lead guitar (1992-1996, 2000-2014)
* Jared Demeter: Guitar (Live only, 1994-1996, 1999)

* ''Invoking the Unclean'' (demo, 1992)
* ''Orgaistic Pleasures Foul'' (demo, 1992)
* ''Total [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] Darkness'' (demo, 1993)
* ''The Principle of Evil Made Flesh'' (studio album, 1994)
* ''Vempire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustein'' (EP, 1996)
* ''Dusk... and Her Embrace'' (studio album, 1996)
* ''Cruelty and the Beast'' (studio album, 1998)
* ''From the Cradle to Enslave'' (EP, 2000)
* ''Midian'' (studio album, 2000)
* ''Bitter Suites to Succubi'' (EP, 2001)
* ''Live Bait for the Dead'' (live album, 2002)
* ''Lovecraft and Witch Hearts'' (compilation, 2002)
* ''Damnation and a Day'' (studio album, 2003)
* ''Nymphetamine'' (studio album, 2004)
* ''Thornography'' (studio album, 2006)
* ''Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder'' (studio album, 2008)
* ''Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'' (studio album, 2010)
* ''Evermore Darkly'' (compilation, 2011)
* ''The Manticore And Other Horrors'' (studio album, 2012)
* ''Hammer of the Witches'' (studio album, 2015)

'''Tropes associated with the band include:'''

* AerithAndBob: Most of the recent lineups have had most of the members mainly billed under their real names, except vocalist Daniel Davey, who is, was, and always will be Dani Filth.
* AuthorAppeal: Dani is a big fan of vampires, and also seems to be fascinated by [[FaceHeelTurn good people going bad]].
* {{Black Metal}}: although many metalheads contest that they aren't, it cannot be denied that "The Principle of Evil made Flesh through "Midian" all represent a more polished, sensual, and {{gothic metal}} influenced variant of black metal. Around damnation and a day this sound was ultimately dropped for straight gothic metal.
* BloodBath: The concept album ''Cruelty And The Beast'' is about the TropeMaker, Elizabeth Bathory. The album cover depicts her in a bathtub filled with blood.
* CallBack: "Her Ghost in the Fog":
--->She was divinity's creature that kissed in cold mirrors
** "Creatures That Kissed in Cold Mirrors" is the name of the previous song on the album.
* ConceptAlbum: All of their releases from ''Dusk... and Her Embrace'' through ''Damnation and a Day'' have been loose concept albums, based on the writings of Sheridan Le Fanu (''Dusk... and Her Embrace''), notorious mass murderer Countess Elisabeth Bathory (''Cruelty and the Beast''), Clive Barker's novel ''Cabal'' (''Midian'') and John Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' (''Damnation and a Day''). ''Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder'' is based on the life of French nobleman Gilles de Rais, a comrade-in-arms of Joan Of Arc and later a notorious serial killer of children, who is also thought to have been the inspiration for the fairy tale "Bluebeard". Their most recent album, ''Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa,'' focuses on Lilith, the first wife of Adam in the Hebrew scriptures.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener / AlbumIntroTrack: Most of their albums begin with dark, epic-sounding orchestration.
* EpicRocking: Quite a lot, but especially "A Gothic Romance", "Bathory Aria", "Midnight Shadows Crawl To Darken Counsel with Life" and "Darkness Incarnate"
* GenreBusting: Despite being labeled black metal, fans of the genre and the band themselves vehemently dispute that label. Their sound is hardly oblique, but it doesn't fit into an easily classifiable niche.
* HellInvadesHeaven: Present in "The Rape and Ruin of Angels (Hosannas in Extremis)", "Heaven Torn Asunder" and "Tearing the Veil From Grace". Moreso, in "Tortured Soul Asylum", the city of Midian is said to be rivaling "heaven's tragic wreck", implying its ultimate defeat.
* IAmTheBand: Dani Filth. The band's had almost twenty members in as many years.
* LongTitle: "Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette", "In Grandeur and Frankincense Devilment Stirs", "Under Midnight Skies She Comes Alive Like Miss Leviathan", "Midnight Shadows Crawl to Darken Counsel with Life".
* TheLostLenore: Arguably the band's favourite romance trope.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite Dani Filth's blood-drenched, vampiric persona, he's actually very polite and soft-spoken.
** He also has a cute daughter he loves.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Started out as a high 9/low 10, later shifting towards a low 9/high 8.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Just what metal genre are Cradle of Filth, anyway? Guitarist Paul Allender has publicly rejected the "black metal" label, instead calling them "extreme metal."
* NewSoundAlbum: Every album has a subtle shift in sound, but the main ones have been ''The Principle of Evil Made Flesh'' (yes, their ''first album''), when the band cross polinated black metal with gothic metal sounds. they continued with this sound with more focus on orchestral flourishes as they went on until ''Damnation and a Day'', which threw out the black metal elements and focused on symphonic metal; and ''Nymphetamine'', which introduced a softer sound and more focus on melody. ''Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder'' was similar, but slightly less keyboard-heavy.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Dani is just under 5 foot 5 inches tall.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Oh so much.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Zigzagged
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Dani Filth
* SequelSong: "Swansong for a Raven" is one to "Her Ghost in the Fog", "Mother of Abominations" is one to "Cthulhu Dawn".
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Many, if not all of the lyrics; Dani is a literature and poetry lover, and it shows.
* SopranoAndGravel: Dani is frequently accompanied by female backing singers, most notably Sarah Jezebel Deva and Lindsay Schoolcraft.
* StageNames: Dani Filth, Sarah Jezebel Deva, Lindsay Schoolcraft (who has also gone by "Lindz Riot").