Daniel Firth - Bass
Name: Daniel Firth
Place of residence: Glasgow, Scotland
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Hobbies: Apart from all things musical, I also enjoy reading, writing, playing football, playing badminton and hill walking.
Musical background: I played guitar for years before picking up the bass, and it turned out that solid bass players are very much in demand! I first joined Devilock, a Misfits tribute, before being offered a spot in Man Must Die. I then joined Cradle during the recording of 'Manticore' and have been with the band ever since.
Equipment: Schecter Hellraiser Extreme-5, Darkglass B7K Bass Driver DI, Wharfedale Pro S-1500 power amp, Marshall 8x10, Rotosound Strings
Idols in Music: There are lots, put particularly the guys from Iron Maiden, Rush, Black Sabbath and Queen, as well as Chuck Schuldiner, Paul Masvidal, Jeff Buckley, Devin Townsend and Toby Driver.
Best CoF show so far: I think possibly the most fun I've had on stage was the top deck of 70,000 Tons of Metal in 2016. Everything seemed to go right during that show, apart from some confusion over the set time allotted to us. It went down a storm, and to know so many of our contemporaries in other bands were watching was also very cool. There were a couple of moments during the show when I mentally took a step back and just marvelled at how strange the whole situation was, and how funny life can be!
Fave CoF songs to perform: The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids, Blackest Magick in Practice
How do you kill time on tour: I usually read a lot, do some writing and often explore the local surroundings, especially if there’s a nice hill or forest nearby.
Strangest experience on tour: Probably passing out during a border crossing, hung-over, whilst trying to get through with no passport, then being revived with toast. There have been more rock and roll experiences, but that one was pretty weird.
Place you would like to visit, but haven't: Japan, The Faroe Islands, New Zealand
Your fave bands: Iron Maiden, Death, Rush, Cynic, Lykathea Aflame, Devin Townsend, Sodom, Kreator, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Jeff Buckley, Judas Priest, Manilla Road, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Idlewild, Immolation, Levellers, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Napalm Death, Carcass, Queen, Running Wild, Sepultura, Manic Street Preachers, Savatage, Sodom, Boards of Canada, Nick Drake, Rage, Maudlin of the Well
Fave food/drink: Cheese, tea, good beer, whisky
Favourite authors: Iain (M.) Banks, Wilbur Smith, Isaac Asimov, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur C. Clarke, Alasdair Gray
Twenty-one favourite albums (in chronological order with no doublers):
Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1969)
Black Sabbath – Vol. 4 (1972)
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (1973)
Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak (1976)
Rush – Hemispheres (1978)
Dio – Holy Diver (1983)
Slayer – Reign in Blood (1986)
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990)
Suffocation - Human Waste (1991)
Death – Human (1991)
Dream Theater – Images and Words (1992)
Cynic – Focus (1993)
Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)
Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible (1994)
Strapping Young Lad – City (1997)
Savatage – The Wake of Magellan (1997)
Matthew Good Band – Beautiful Midnight (1999)
Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows (2000)
Lykathea Aflame – Elvenefris (2000)
Message to the fans: You're a great bunch of lads and lasses. Thanks for your support and see you on tour!
Daniel Firth uses Schecter guitars, Darkglass pedals and Rotosound strings.