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Cradle of Filth Split With Guitarist Paul Allender

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Cradle of Filth are working on new music, but they’re doing so without longtime guitarist Paul Allender around to lay down his licks. Frontman Dani Filth recently confirmed the split during an interview on the ‘Bleedin’ Loud’ podcast.

“Paul Allender has left — which not everybody is aware of,” said Filth. “We weren’t planning on it, because it was the kind of thing that has been, kind of, brewing for the last year or so. Not so much on a personal level, but [him] living in America and then him doing his side project and getting kind of lost in that. I know I’ve got Devilment and, dare I say, Temple of the Black Moon, but it never really came between Cradle. I always found the time to do it.”

As for who will be filling the void, Filth continued, “We only really had one guitarist for the last two albums. Paul had a very strong opinion about doing that, and we’re a two-guitar band. So that may be one of the things that kind of opened the fissure a bit.”

The frontman revealed that they brought in a guitarist named Ashok of Inner Fear and another guitarist named Richard Shaw of Emperor Chung for touring purposes earlier this year. He adds, “It was such a great tour and everybody got on so well and these two other guys knew the band inside out, so when we started writing, which we were doing on the road — not out of necessity, but just because we could — it just all came together, and it was like, ‘Wow! This is great.’”

Filth says the tour experience left the band on a creative high and they immediately started writing, which pushed forward their expected timeline for a new album. Back in April, the frontman issued an update in which he stated, “I can say the material is comparable to that of ‘Dusk,’ ‘Cruelty’ and ‘Midian,’ albeit with a fresher sound. I can’t define it exactly as it incorporates a wide variety of styles and dark emotions as one would come to expect from a Cradle record. One thing is certain though, this next release is going to be pushing the boundaries of what the band can achieve, and with forthcoming live shows peppering the writing process, I know this album is going to be fueled by 101 percent metal fury!”

To hear more of Dani Filth’s chat with the ‘Bleedin’ Loud’ podcast, use the player provided below.

Hear Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth on the ‘Bleedin’ Loud’ Podcast.

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