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CRADLE OF FILTH's DANI FILTH pays tribute to former guitarist STUART ANSTIS

Guitarist dead at 48


CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth has paid tribute to the band’s former guitarist Stuart Anstis, who died on August 21 at the age of 48.

Anstis was a member of CRADLE OF FILTH from 1995 to 1999, writing and recording on the band’s albums “Dusk And Her Embrace” (1996) and “Cruelty And The Beast” (1998),as well as the EPs “V Empire” (1996) and “From The Cradle To Enslave” (1999).

Yesterday (Tuesday, August 23),Dani took to his social media to write: “It is with a deeply saddened heart that I have heard of the passing of my former guitarist Stuart Anstis at 48.

Stuart -despite our eventual differences- was an amazingly talented guitarist who brought a real sense of magick to everything he wrote in CRADLE OF FILTH.

“For a long time he and I were bestest of friends living in a small village here in Suffolk and despite that relationship eventually changing, it did nothing to diminish the fan’s appreciation of his creative flair and talent right up to the present day.

‘Vempire’‘Dusk… and Her Embrace’ (though written mostly by former members, Stuart played all the guitars on this album),‘Cruelty And The Beast’ and ‘From the Cradle To Enslave’ would have been completely different creatures if it were not for the depth of his astute and deliciously dark musicianship.

“It truly is with a heavy sense of loss that we (and extreme music in general) bid farewell to Stuart.

“May sombre flights of ravens wing you to your grave mate.

“Rest In Phallustein.”

Stuart‘s death was confirmed by his wife Antoinette, who shared the following message on the musician’s Facebook page: “Stuart Anstis 2/5/1974 – 21/8/2022. Rest in Peace, you were too beautiful for this world me Lover. Nothing will ever be the same again, Love Always and ever your Antoinette. Until we meet again…

Fellow former CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Richard Shaw also paid tribute to Anstis, writing: “Rest in peace, Stuart. It was an honour performing your music. Thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

CRADLE OF FITLH recently announced a headlining European tour. The band is promoting its latest album, ‘Existence Is Futile‘, which was released in October 2021, under Nuclear Blast Records

Tour dates:
01 Oct Élysée Montmartre Paris, France
03 Oct Rockhal Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg
04 Oct Muziekcentrum Trix Antwerpen, Belgium
05 Oct Effenaar Eindhoven, Netherlands
07 Oct Poppodium Hedon Zwolle, Netherlands
08 Oct Matrix Bochum Bochum, Germany
09 Oct Columbia Theater Berlin, Germany
10 Oct Essigfabrik Köln, Germany
12 Oct Fleda club Brno, Czech Republic
13 Oct Simm City Vienna, Austria
14 Oct Live Club Trezzo Sull’adda Mi, Italy
15 Oct Komplex Zurich, Switzerland
17 Oct Backstage Werk München, Germany
19 Oct Le Bikini Ramonville-st-agne, France
21 Oct Razzmatazz Barcelona, Spain
22 Oct Sala But Madrid, Spain
23 Oct Sala TOTEM Aretoa Villava, Spain
25 Oct L’Etage Rennes, France
27 Oct Marble Factory Bristol, United Kingdom
28 Oct Rock City Nottingham, United Kingdom
29 Oct Indigo At The O2 Greenwich, United Kingdom

Cradle Of Filth will be celebrating this Halloween with a special show on Saturday 29th October, at London venue Indigo at The O2. They will be presenting an evening of fiendish celebrations, followed by an after-party set to run deep into the night.

Tickets will be available to purchase including access to the Official After Party (until 6am). The Monstrous Sabbat VIP Packages will also be available to purchase.
Package will include: show early entry, band meet & greet, photo op, laminate, lanyard + entry to the after party (until 6am).

The gates of hell opened once again in 2021, revealing CRADLE OF FILTH’s 13th manifesto Existence Is Futile. Pieced together in isolation at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk with studio guru Scott Atkins, the record is a pitch-black, perverse and at times absurdly brutal masterpiece, based around the concept of existentialism.

Diehard fans were thrilled to learn that horror icon Doug ‘Pinhead’ Bradley made a welcome return, lending his dulcet tones to the band’s most politically astute song to date, the epic ‘Suffer Our Dominion’ as well as the album bonus track ‘Sisters Of The Mist’, which is the conclusion to the ‘Her Ghost In The Fog’ trilogy, started over 20 years ago on the infamous and classic Midian.

Purchase/stream Existence Is Futile here: https://bfan.link/existence-is-futile.ema

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