Dani Filth (born Daniel Lloyd Davey) is the lyricist, vocalist and founding member of the metal band Cradle of Filth.
Daniel Lloyd Davey was born to Susan Janet Moore and Lawrence John Davey in Hertford and is the oldest child of four. He has two sisters, Amanda (b. 1975) and Rachel (b. 1978), and a brother, Philip (b. 1981).
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, and 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 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.
Chris Motionless, of the band Motionless in White, revealed in an issue of Kerrang! magazine that Filth will appear on their forthcoming 2014 album Reincarnate. He provided guest vocals for the song "Puppets III."
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. The film also starred David McEwen, Edmund Dehn, Emily Booth, Eileen Daly, Rebecca Eden and Emma Rice. A homage to the cult Amicus anthology Asylum, 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..."
- 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)
- The Great and Secret Show (2014)
- Christian Death - Zodiac (He Is Still Out There...) from the album Born Again Anti Christian (2000)
- Christian Death - Peek A Boo from Born Again Anti Christian (2000)
- Obsidian - Massada from the On the Path of Others We Feed (EP) (2000)
- Roadrunner United (2005) Lead vocals on "Dawn Of A Golden Age"
- 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 ft Dani Filth - The creator and the destroyer from the rock opera Karmaflow (2015)