From the Cradle to Enslave

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From the Cradle to Enslave
Cradle of Filth - From the Cradle to Enslave.jpg
EP by Cradle of Filth
Released 30 October 1999
Recorded Parr Street Studios, Liverpool and Springvale Studios, Ipswich, England, 1999
Genre Extreme metal
Length 32:01
Label Music for Nations (Europe)
Metal Blade (US)
The End Records (re-release)
Producer Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth chronology
Cruelty and the Beast
From the Cradle to Enslave

From the Cradle to Enslave is the second EP by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, released on 30 October 1999 by record labels Music for Nations (Europe) and Metal Blade (US).

Recording and content[edit]

The EP was recorded during a period of upheaval for the band, with Gian Pyres and Nicholas Barker leaving prior to its release (Pyres would return for the recording of Midian) and Stuart Anstis and Les Smith departing the band soon afterwards.[citation needed]

From the Cradle to Enslave contains two original compositions: the title track and "Of Dark Blood and Fucking". The rest of the disc consists of cover versions and a re-recording of a track from the album Dusk... and Her Embrace.


From the Cradle to Enslave was released on 30 October 1999 by record labels Music for Nations (Europe) and Metal Blade (US). It reached number 84 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10[3]

AllMusic described the EP as "a worthy addition to any fan's collection, featuring several songs that rank with the best of their work".[2]

Dani Filth revealed his antipathy towards the title track in Kerrang!: "We have to play it at every gig... I'd like to erase it, so I wouldn't have to play it again. After a while you just want to play something different. There's something about the hook that just strikes a chord of fear down my spine."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "From the Cradle to Enslave" Dani Filth Cradle of Filth 6:37
2. "Of Dark Blood and Fucking" Filth Cradle of Filth 6:02
3. "Death Comes Ripping" (Misfits cover) Glenn Danzig Danzig 1:57
4. "Sleepless" (Anathema cover) Darren White Daniel Cavanagh and Anathema 4:19
5. "Pervert's Church (From the Cradle to Deprave)" (remix of "From the Cradle to Enslave" only on European release)     4:58
6. "Funeral in Carpathia (Be Quick or Be Dead Version)" Filth Cradle of Filth 8:08
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
5. "Dawn of Eternity" (Massacre cover, on American release) Kam Lee Rick Rozz 6:24


Video by Cradle of Filth
Released 5 October 1999 (1999-10-05)
Genre Extreme metal
Label Music for Nations
Director Alex Chandon
Cradle of Filth chronology
Heavy, Left-Handed and Candid

"From the Cradle to Enslave" was the first of Cradle of Filth's songs to have an accompanying music video. It was directed by Alex Chandon, who would go on to produce further promo clips and DVD documentaries for the band, as well as the full-length feature film Cradle of Fear. The video features explicit images of nudity and gore[5] and was released in two versions, one edited (supposedly to make it MTV-friendly) and one uncut. Both contain a reference to the Cruelty and the Beast cover art, when a woman is seen emerging from a bathtub filling with blood. Both versions can be found on PanDaemonAeon, which was released on VHS on October 5, 1999 and on DVD in 2002.[6] The DVD also includes a "Making-of" documentary and a short live show, recorded at the London Astoria on 5 June 1998.

Astoria Show track list[edit]

  1. "Dusk and Her Embrace"
  2. "Beneath the Howling Stars"
  3. "Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids"
  4. "Malice Through The Looking Glass"


Cradle of Filth
  • Mike Exeter, Dan Spriggs - engineers on tracks 1-4, mixing on tracks 3-4
  • John Fryer - mixing on tracks 1 and 2
  • Mark Harwodd - engineer and mixing on "Funeral in Carpathia" and "Dawn of Eternity"
  • Damien Clarke and Lecter - remixing of "Perverts Church"
  • Noel Sommerville - mastering


Year Chart Position
1999 UK Albums Chart 84[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cradle of Filth | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "From the Cradle to Enslave - Cradle of Filth: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Noll, Matthias (5 March 2000). "CoC : Cradle of Filth - From the Cradle to Enslave : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Kerrang! (1130). 21 October 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Huey, Steve. "PanDaemonAeon – Cradle of Filth | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cradle Of Filth Bringing "PanDaemonAeon" To Home Video". MTV. August 17, 1999. Retrieved 2016-06-29. 

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