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Dani Filth: My Life Story

In 2007, the Cradle Of Filth frontman told Metal Hammer how the band started, his views on black metal... and how a snake got loose at school! No, NOT his trouser snake...

WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN? “July 25, 1973. Hertford. Arse end of nowhere. We always lived in the countryside. It’s nice being a kid, growing up in that sort of environment.”

THERE CAN’T HAVE BEEN MUCH EXPOSURE TO EXTREME METAL IN A PLACE LIKE THAT.

“You’d be surprised. At 12 I got my first compilation tape from a friend, which was a really eclectic mix. It had stuff like Plasmatics on it, Stormwitch and AC/DC and the first song on it was Evil Has No Boundaries by Slayer. It was just like, ‘Whoa, bloody ‘ell!’. But because it was such a weird mix, I didn’t find any differences between things, you know? I think that’s kind of stuck with me. The transcending of genres – or the blurring of ’em.”

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