Guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist Anabelle Iratni are no longer members of Cradle of Filth.
The British balck metal band has parted ways with them and they will be replaced - for the upcoimg tour at least - by Donny Burbage and Zoe Marie Federoff. The band's announcement is as follows: "It is with the gravest of sadness that Cradle of Filth announce the departure of guitarist Richard Shaw and keyboardist Anabelle Iratni from the band's ranks. Due to other commitments Richard is passing his prestigious baton to newcomer Donny Burbage, who will be fulfilling guitar duties throughout the forthcoming US tour with Danzig, alongside Ashok and bassist Daniel Firth. We also say farewell to Anabelle and thank her for her awesome contribution on 'Existence Is Futile', her successor being the very talented singer/keyboardist Zoe Marie Federoff. As with Rich, the band wish Anabelle continued success in all her future endeavours".
But what led to Richard and Anabelle departures? Dani Filth answers: "Unfortunately it just is what it is. If someone feels that their tenure with the band has ended, then who am I to argue with that? We have to respect that people have personal commitments and/or sometimes find the career choice of being in a band like Cradle a tad overwhelming. That being said, the band are continuing as indefatigably as ever, with a slew of summer festival dates happening after the tour with Danizg in the US and Canada, plus further Autumn announcements to follow swiftly after. We also have another exciting announcement to share, but all in due course! Regardless of what befalls us, we stay FILTHY!".