Stuart Anstis, an early on guitarist for Cradle of Filth, has died. He was 48 yrs . old.
The rockers death was initially made public by Richard Shaw, another guitarist who played for for the metal act from 2014 to 2022. Rest in peace, Stuart. It had been an honour performing your music. Thoughts are along with his family and friends as of this difficult time, he wrote in a tribute to the late musician on Instagram.
Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth also paid homage to his one-time bandmate on his official Facebook page. It really is with a deeply saddened heart that I’ve heard about the passage of my former guitarist Stuart Anstis at 48, he wrote. Stuart -despite our eventual differences- was a wonderfully talented guitarist who brought a genuine sense of magick to everything he wrote in Cradle Of Filth. For a long period he and I were bestest of friends surviving in a little village within Suffolk and even though relationship eventually changing, it did nothing to decrease the fans appreciation of his creative flair and talent right around present.
His post continued: It really is with much sense of loss that people (and extreme music generally) bid farewell to Stuart. May sombre flights of ravens wing one to your grave mate. Rest In Phallustein.
Anstis was area of the band from 1995 to 1999, and played on multiple EPs and albums including 1996s V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein, 1998s Cruelty and the Beast and 1999s From the Cradle to Enslave.
Vempire, Dusk and Her Embrace (though written mostly by former members, Stuart played all of the guitars with this album), Cruelty And The Beast and From the Cradle To Enslave could have been very different creatures if it weren’t for the depth of his astute and deliciously dark musicianship, Filth wrote of Anstis contributions to the bands early work following their 1994 debut The Principle of Evil Made Flesh.
Read Shaw and Filths tributes to Anstis below.
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