|Birth name||Daniel Lloyd Davey|
|Also known as|
|Born||25 July 1973|
Hertford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Daniel Lloyd Davey (born 25 July 1973), known professionally as Dani Filth, is a British singer who is the lead vocalist, lyricist and founding member of the extreme metal band Cradle of Filth.
He married his wife Toni on 31 October 2005 in Ipswich. The couple have a daughter, Luna. Filth and Toni have been separated since 2018. Filth is currently in a relationship with the tattoo artist Sofiya Belousova.
Dani Filth's present and primary band is Cradle of Filth. He also has been lending his voice to the band Devilment, a side project that has taken off into a full-time job in between Cradle records. His earliest bands were Carnival Fruitcake, The Lemon Grove Kids, PDA, Feast on Excrement, the Bondage Boys, and Hash Gordon and the Drug Barons. He named Judas Priest, Venom, Emperor, Destruction, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Sabbat, Misfits, Paradise Lost and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas among his major influences.
At the age of eighteen, Filth took up a job at a Chinese restaurant. He later chose his career in music over an internship at a newspaper, although his "Dani's Inferno" column ran for two years in Metal Hammer during the late 1990s.
He has co-written and released The Gospel of Filth with Gavin Baddeley. The book, which Filth describes as an "occult study," features contributions from Clive Barker, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pierson. He had been accused many times of being a Satanist, but has denounced such rumours, claiming instead to being "more of a Luciferian."
Away from Cradle, Filth appeared on the Roadrunner United CD in 2005 (contributing vocals to "Dawn of a Golden Age"), and recorded the song "(She's) The Mother of Tears" with Claudio Simonetti and Simonetti's band Daemonia, for the soundtrack of Dario Argento's film The Mother of Tears.
Filth participated in the Temple of the Black Moon project in 2012 with guitarist Rob Caggiano, black metal musician King ov Hell on bass, and drummer John Tempesta. The supergroup aimed to combine rawer, extreme metal with the softer more melodious sounds of progressive rock, describing the band's sound as a "cross between Celtic Frost and Tool". Filth has also released two albums with Devilment since 2014.
His high-profile has led to a handful of film and television roles. In 2003, he provided the voice of the eponymous main character in the feature-length animation Dominator. Moreover, Filth has appeared numerous times on British television, most notably 1998's Living With the Enemy, Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2001, Big Brother's Big Mouth in 2008. He has also appeared on the American series Viva La Bam in 2005, and was interviewed for two episodes of the Metal Evolution series, on shock rock and extreme metal in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
Cradle of Fear
In 2000, Filth appeared in the movie Cradle of Fear as The Man, a deranged psychopath taking revenge on his father's persecutors. Cradle of Fear unfolds four stories all linked by the thread of an incarcerated child killer wreaking vengeance on those responsible for his imprisonment. The movie's tagline on some posters was, "It's not if they die... It's how...".
Cradle of Filth
- The Principle of Evil Made Flesh (1994)
- Dusk... and Her Embrace (1996)
- Cruelty and the Beast (1998)
- Midian (2000)
- Damnation and a Day (2003)
- Nymphetamine (2004)
- Thornography (2006)
- Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder (2008)
- Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa (2010)
- The Manticore and Other Horrors (2012)
- Hammer of the Witches (2015)
- Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay (2017)
- Existence Is Futile (2021)
- The Great and Secret Show (2014)
- Devilment II – The Mephisto Waltzes (2016)
- Christian Death – "Zodiac (He Is Still Out There...)" and "Peek a Boo" from the album Born Again Anti Christian (2000)
- Obsidian – "Massada" from the On the Path of Others We Feed (EP) (2000)
- Dr. Haze & the Circus of Horrors – "Judgment Day" from the album The Circus of Horrors (Welcome to the Freakshow) (2001) (also included on An Evil Anthology (2013))
- Roadrunner United – Lead vocals on "Dawn of a Golden Age" (2005)
- Claudio Simonetti – "Mater Lacrimarum" from The Third Mother Soundtrack (2007)
- Sarah Jezebel Deva – "This Is My Curse" from the Malediction EP (2012)
- Motionless in White – "Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale)" from the album Reincarnate (2014)
- Schoolcraft – "Fading Star" (2014)
- Simone Simons – "The Creator and the Destroyer" from the rock opera Karmaflow (2015)
- Eastern Front – "Crimson Mourn" from the album EmpirE (2016)
- Tank – "Shellshock" from the album Re-Ignition (2019)
- Bring Me the Horizon – "Wonderful Life" from the album Amo (2019) (#35 US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks)
- Twiztid – "Neon Vamp" from the album Unlikely Prescription (2021)
- Kreator – "Betrayer" from the live album Live at Bloodstock 2021 (2022)
- "Members Chambers". Cradle of Filth Official Website. Archived from the original on 18 November 2006.
- "Studio Reports". Archived from the original on 23 November 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
- Dani, Filth. "Interview with Dani Filth". YouTube. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
- "Dani Filth Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Audio Interview with CRADLE OF FILTH's Dani Filth". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
- "Dani Filth: Cradle of Filth". SuicideGirls.com. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
- German, Eric. "Interview with Dani Filth". metalupdate.com. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
- Roadrunner Records. "CRADLE OF FILTH" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
- "DANI FILTH Issues TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON Update". 28 January 2012.
- "Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time". Hearya.com. 4 December 2006. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
- "Party-slam legends Party Cannon nod to their influences with new single 'I Believe in Dani Filth'". Frontview magazine.be. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
- "Party-slam legends Party Cannon nod to their influences with new single 'I Believe in Dani Filth'". distortedsoundmag.com. 7 December 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
- "splendid film – Cradle of Fear (auf DVD)". Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
- "Rock Music: Top Mainstream Rock Songs Chart". Billboard.