Paul Allender

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Paul Allender
Cradle of Filth 2005 - Paul Allender.jpg
Background information
Birth name Paul Allender
Born (1970-11-17) 17 November 1970 (age 47)
Colchester, England
Genres Extreme metal
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1992-present
Associated acts Cradle of Filth, The Blood Divine, Primary Slave, White Empress
Website White Empress

Paul Allender (born 17 November 1970) is a lead guitarist best known for his work with the British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. He was a longtime member with stints in the band from 1992-1995 and then again from 1999-2014.

Cradle of Filth[edit]

He joined the band as the guitarist late 1991, and stayed until late 1994 when he left Cradle of Filth to join The Blood Divine. In 1998 Paul Allender started another band called Primary Slave. In 2000, just before Primary Slave signed a recording contract, he rejoined Cradle of Filth on the band's album, Midian after receiving a call from Dani Filth, along with drummer Adrian Erlandsson and keyboardist Martin Powell.

As of April 2014 Paul Allender has once again left Cradle of Filth.[citation needed]

Playing style[edit]

Paul Allender is recognised for his unique right-handed technique and is currently endorsed by PRS Guitars, RotoSound and Blackstar amplification.

"To tell you the truth... I don't jam. I've always played what actually I see in my head. Therefore, when I play, I don't use any specific scales or anything in order or that's musically correct or anything... I’ve always concentrated on mixing lead-oriented riffs, but in like a rhythmic sense. That's the way I've always been because I've never really been interested in doing ultra-fast lead work. I've always mixed the two up. Just concentrating on the 16th notes and stuff on the right hand, making sure it all sinks in. It's the guitar and it's the way we dress onstage, it's all part of this troupe, this uniformed-like togetherness... It just comes out dark as fuck".[1]

Graphic art[edit]

Allender also has an art side project known as "Vomitorium: The Dark Art Of Cindy Frey And Paul Allender". He also produced the artwork for New Project's debut album Ultraviolent Light.[citation needed]

White Empress[edit]

In 2013, Allender was involved with the formation of a new project named "White Empress". In an interview with "The Age of Metal", White Empress vocalist Mary Zimmer (formerly of Luna Mortis), said:

Paul and I actually have a number of mutual friends and acquaintances and it was Melissa Ferlaak of Plague of Stars (formerly of Visions of Atlantis, Aesma Daeva, Echoterra) who put us in touch with each other. We talked about working on some new music together and he set me the instrumental tracks he'd been working on. They were phenomenal and I decided to lay down vocals for 3 songs. Everything went really well together and we made an official band. White Empress is really all about the concept of "The Empress". The entire band is in essence "The Empress". She's her own creative concept, her own image, her own identity that comes from all of us in the band (meaning I'm not the Empress, necessarily). White Empress is an entire band with a fantasy avatar. It's visual and audio all tied into one huge concept. The band is fantastic, we all contribute equally to the creative process and we've come up with some amazing things for everyone. The Empress is Coming!![2][3]

An EP was released in January 2014.[4][5] Their debut album - Rise of the Empress - was released through Peaceville Records on 29 September 2014. It was initially funded through a Pledge Music campaign.[6]

In 2016, Allender changed the direction of the project, taking all the singing out of White Empress and replaced it all with narration. The band now has the style of a horror audiobook with cinematic film. His horror film company Era Horrificus Films shot Revenant for White Empress and will continue to shoot the next full length throughout 2017 for the new White Empress album. [7]


  1. ^ "Paul Allender Of Cradle Of Filth: Developing The Style". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Mary Zimmer of Luna Mortis/White Empress/Glittermortis talked to The Age Of Metal Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Paul Allender from Cradle Of Filth - - Skype Interview - (17-01-2014). 17 January 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2016 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ "Home". Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "White Empress". Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "White Empress sign to Peaceville Records – New album Pledge Campaign". The Moshville Times. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  7. ^ White Empress - Revenant

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