Les Smith

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Keith Leslie Smith
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Les Smith live with Anathema
Background information
Also known asLes, Lecter
Born (1967-05-05) 5 May 1967 (age 52)
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
GenresDeath/doom, extreme metal, progressive rock
Years active1994–2011

Keith Leslie Smith is a former British keyboardist, once in the bands Anathema (1996, 2001–2011) and Cradle of Filth (1998–2000).


He was born in 1967 in the United Kingdom, Dewsbury, England. He did session work on keyboards for the British band Anathema on their album Eternity, released in 1996. During his time in Cradle of Filth,[1] his stage persona consisted of wearing a custom Vicar Priest top, black leather trousers and goth make-up. He played keyboards in two of Cradle's releases: Cruelty and the Beast and From the Cradle to Enslave.

Les was a session musician of the band Tourettes. Post-Cradle of Filth, he accused vocalist Dani Filth of considering it his own solo project ("Dani and the Filths" he jokes). However, they are on good terms these days.

Les had a tenure with Anathema, but on their official site it was announced Les quit on 13 September 2011 due to "creative and musical differences".[2][3]



Cradle of Filth[edit]

(as "Lecter")


  • Out There Somewhere (1994) & Let's Get This Mother Outta Here (2002) – Ship of Fools
  • Subvert (2002) – Pain Control
  • In the Big Ending... (2004) – The Clan Destined
  • Blood on Snow (2010) – Eastern Front


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Cradle of Filth". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  2. ^ Anathema Official Website
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Anathema". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2010.