Cradle of Filth Part Ways With Guitarist and Keyboardist/Female Vocalist


This is kind of weird! Cradle of Filth have been pretty firmly behind their new-ish keyboard player and female vocalist Annabelle Iratni. She has a music theory background and was apparently vital in the composition of the band’s recent album, Existence Is Futile. But as of today, she and guitarist Richard Shaw are no longer in the band.

Frontman Dani Filth posted the following statement regarding the line-up change:

“It is with the gravest of sadness that Cradle of Filth announce the departure of guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist Anabelle Iratni from the band’s ranks.

“Due to other commitments Richard is passing his prestigious baton to newcomer Donny Burbage, who will be fulfilling guitar duties throughout the forthcoming US tour with Danzig, alongside Ashok and bassist Daniel Firth.

“We also say farewell to Anabelle and thank her for her awesome contribution on ‘Existence Is Futile’, her successor being the very talented singer/keyboardist Zoe Marie Federoff.

“As with Rich, the band wish Anabelle continued success in all her future endeavours.”

Huh! This is an interesting move. The fans were REALLY into Annabelle during the band’s recent livestreams, and there was a feeling that she was a worthy replacement to Sarah Jezebel Deva, the female vocalist on huge albums like 1998’s Cruelty and the Beast. There are no “other commitments” mentioned, like Shaw — what happened?

In any event, good luck to Annabelle and Richard in all their future endeavors, and hopefully this is just a case of amiable parting ways. Get tickets for one of the band’s upcoming tour dates with Danzig and Crobot below:

05/05 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort [tickets]
05/07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Arena (performing “Lucifuge“) (feat. Tiger Army) [tickets]
05/08 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre [tickets]
05/10 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom [tickets]
05/11 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater [tickets]
05/14 Cincinnati, OH – Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center [tickets]
05/15 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern [tickets]
05/17 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore at Harrah’s [tickets]
05/18 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall [tickets]
05/19 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater [tickets]

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