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Daniel Lloyd Davey (born 25 July 1973), known professionally as Dani Filth, is the lyricist, vocalist and founding member of the metal band Cradle of Filth.

Dani Filth
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Dani Filth at Kuopio Rockcock 2008
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Lloyd Davey
Also known as
  • Dani Filth
  • Lord Filth
Born (1973-07-25) 25 July 1973 (age 46)
OriginHertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Vocalist
  • lyricist
  • author
  • actor
Years active1989–present
Associated acts


Personal lifeEdit

Daniel Lloyd Davey was born to Susan Janet Moore and Lawrence John Davey in Hertford, UK and is the oldest child of four. He has two sisters, Amanda (b. 1975) and Rachel (b. 1978), and a brother, Phillip (b. 1981).[1]

He married his wife Toni on 31 October 2005, in Ipswich.[2] The two have a daughter, Luna Scarlett.


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 and Feast on Excrement.[1] 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.[1]

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,[1] 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.[3] The book, which Filth describes as an "occult study," features contributions from Clive Barker, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pierson.[4] He had been accused many times of being a Satanist, but has denounced such rumours, claiming instead to being "more of a Luciferian."[5]

Away from Cradle, Filth appeared on the Roadrunner United CD in 2005 (contributing vocals to "Dawn of a Golden Age"), and his high profile has also 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.

He was ranked 95 in the Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalist of All Time.[6]

Filth 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.[7]

Filth has also recently assembled another band, Temple of the Black Moon, that aims 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". The group's ranks is rounded out by guitarist Rob Caggiano, also currently in Volbeat, black metal legend King ov Hell on bass as well as drummer John Tempesta.

Cradle of FearEdit

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...".[8]


Dani Filth at Rockharz Open Air 2015

Cradle of FilthEdit


Guest appearancesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Members Chambers". Cradle of Filth Official Website. Archived from the original on 18 November 2006.
  2. ^ Studio Reports Archived 23 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Audio Interview with CRADLE OF FILTH's Dani Filth Archived 26 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Dani Filth: Cradle of Filth". 18 February 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
  5. ^ German, Eric. "Interview with Dani Filth". Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  6. ^ oz (4 December 2006). "Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  7. ^ Roadrunner Records. "CRADLE OF FILTH" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  8. ^ splendid film – Cradle of Fear (auf DVD) Archived 26 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Rock Music: Top Mainstream Rock Songs Chart". Billboard.

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