In an interview with Bleedin' Loud (via Loudwire), Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth has confirmed that guitarist Paul Allender has left the band:
"Paul Allender has left - which not everybody is aware of. We weren't planning on it, because it was the kind of thing that has been, kind of, brewing for the last year or so. Not so much on a personal level, but [him] living in America and then him doing his side project and getting kind of lost in that. I know I've got Devilment and, dare I say, Temple of the Black Moon, but it never really came between Cradle. I always found the time to do it.
"We only really had one guitarist for the last two albums. Paul had a very strong opinion about doing that, and we're a two-guitar band. So that may be one of the things that kind of opened the fissure a bit."
Cradle of Filth has been working on a new album without Allender which Dani Filth recently attested would be amongst the band's best works:
"I can say the material is comparable to that of 'Dusk...,' 'Cruelty...' and 'Midian,' albeit with a fresher sound. I can't define it exactly as it incorporates a wide variety of styles and dark emotions as one would come to expect from a Cradle record. One thing is certain though, this next release is going to be pushing the boundaries of what the band can achieve, and with forthcoming live shows peppering the writing process, I know this album is going to be fueled by 101 percent metal fury!"