Dave Pybus (born 4 June 1970) is an extreme metal musician, best known as the former bass player of Cradle of Filth.

Dave Pybus
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Background information
Born (1970-06-04) 4 June 1970 (age 49)
GenresExtreme metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, guitar
Associated actsAnathema, Cradle of Filth, Angtoria

Pybus's first band was called Anul Death (1988–1991) which later changed its name to Darkened.

From 1990–1994 Dave worked at Peaceville Records as a graphic designer. His name is credited on several records from that period including: Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Autopsy - Mental Funeral, My Dying Bride - As the Flower Withers and Turn Loose the Swans. Also worked with Vital Remains, Pitchshifter, Therion, Anathema, G.G.F.H., Kong, Paradise Lost, Banished, Pentagram, Ship of Fools, At the Gates (first 3 albums). Around 1993 Peaceville signed a U.S. distribution deal with Caroline, where Dave and Lyle Preslar worked together for over a year.

In 1991, Dave formed Dreambreed, a band in which he provided vocals and played guitar. They were influenced by the Misfits and released a six track Mini CD Sometime in 1995. Dave stayed in Dreambreed, which line-up at that time featured Duncan Patterson of Anathema, until 1998, where he joined Anathema on bass guitar. He stayed with Anathema until 2001, appearing on two albums - Judgement (1999), A Fine Day to Exit (2001), after which he sessioned and later joined Cradle of Filth following the departure of bassist Robin "Graves" Eaglestone.

Dave appears on: Damnation and a Day (2003),[1] Nymphetamine (2004),[2] Thornography (2006), Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder (2008), Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa (2010).

In 2005, Dave took a six-month break from Cradle of Filth and started Sixsixsix Records. In that July he was honoured with an appearance on the Roadrunner United CD alongside Peter Steele, Josh Silver, Steve Holt and Joey Jordison. After his break he re-joined Cradle of Filth and played bass on the debut Angtoria album, released in April 2006 via Listenable Records.

21 April 2008 finally saw the release of Dreambreed's "Misery Sessions" on CD, via Dave's Sixsixsix Record label. The sessions were originally recorded in 1997 and have only recently been re-mastered.

He is currently endorsed by ESP Guitars, Ampeg Amplifiers and Rotosound strings.

Dave launched his own monthly podcast Life is a Hideous Thing in December 2014 running for 16 episodes, including 4 commissioned by Peaceville Records and featuring guests such as Pat Mills, Dave McKean, Doug Bradley, among others. One episode was unpublished, featuring Paul 'Hammy' Halmshaw. This was held back due to Hammy not being happy with the results and using the inspiration from the recording sessions to write his book 'Peaceville Life', released in December 2016.



  • Sometime (1995)
  • Misery Sessions (2008)


Cradle of FilthEdit


  • God Has a Plan for us All (2006)

Sarah Jezebel DevaEdit

  • A Sign of Sublime (2010)

Guest appearancesEdit

In 1991 he played guitar in a Misfits covers band called The Hatebreeders. He made a guest appearance on the song Summernite Stalker for German Horror punk band The Spook, released 31 August 2007. In October 2008, he performed live for two shows with German band Samsas Traum, and toured with them in November 2009. Played Bass on the track "Hell is the Face of Love" for Autoclav1.1 in 2008.

Contributed his talents as a bass player for the Roadrunner United CD on the track "Enemy of the State"

Played bass on Sarah Jezebel Deva's debut album A Sign of Sublime in 2010.

Dave left Cradle of Filth in Spring 2012. He played bass with U.S. band Prong for their "Beg to Differ" European tour and the following U.S. tour in the summer of 2012.


  1. ^ Newt Briggs (27 November 2003), "Music: Antichrist superstars", Las Vegas Mercury
  2. ^ "Testament, Cradle of Filth, Cannibal Corpse". Roadrunner Records. 22 December 2005. Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.

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