In his recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, Cradle of Filth guitarist Richard Shaw reflected his thoughts on Dani Filth, who is the founding member and vocalist of the band.
Formed in 1991, Cradle of Filth has fused various metal subgenres, and they have inspired many metal bands with their extreme style. Cradle of Filth’s works have been surrounded by controversy over the years because they often push the boundaries. In recent years, the changing tone in their music also has got some fans’ negative reactions, and they blamed the band for becoming commercial.
Cradle of Filth made their debut with ‘The Principle of Evil Made Flesh’ in 1994, and they have released thirteen studio albums to this day. Their latest album, ‘Existence Is Futile,’ was just released on October 22, and now they are promoting their new album. The band’s lineup has changed several times, and Richard Shaw joined the band as the guitarist in 2014.
During the conversation on Ultimate Guitar, Richard Shaw reflected on the first time he met Dani Filth and how it has been like to work with him since 2014. Shaw stated that he was very familiar with Cradle of Filth when he joined because he had watched them many times before.
While speaking to the interviewer, Shaw referred to Dani as a metal legend and a great musician. He noted that he feels fortunate to work with him. The two didn’t have much time to get to know each other initially because they had to rehearse, but they got along very well in time.
When asked about Dani Filth, Richard Shaw responded that:
“Dani is indeed a metal legend. No doubt about that. It was strange for me as I had seen Cradle of Filth many times in the past because my brother is a big fan.
When I first met Dani, we kept pleasantries to a minimum and got on with rehearsing the set. When we joined, we didn’t have much time to get two new guitarists integrated into the band.
But after a couple of songs, it became apparent that this could work and we got to know Dani well on the road. Dani is great to work with. Even though he doesn’t write any of the music, he’s great at arranging and knowing what the song needs.
He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of metal bands and film scores, so he’s great at referencing the feel and vibe he hears in his head. It’s great to write with a singer like that.”
You can listen to Cradle of Filth’s latest album below.