Lindsay Schoolcraft has parted ways with Cradle Of Filth.
The keyboardist confirmed the news in a statement, calling her time in the band an “incredible experience” and explained why she is leaving.
Schoolcraft says: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to get to know you online, in person, and from the stage the past seven years. You have made my life fulfilling during this period of time.
“I am here to inform you that I have left the band. It was a difficult decision to make, but I can assure you it was the best thing to do for my wellbeing and mental health.
“I have been doing well on my road to recovery and will continue to be a full-time musician through my other two musical projects.”
She adds: “I want to extend a massive thank you to the band for letting me be part of Cradle Of Filth’s legacy for the time I was present. It was an incredible experience and I’m so grateful that we got to share this together.
“I want to send my well wishes to my successor too and I ask you all to please be as warm and welcoming towards them as you were with me so long ago.
“I hope that some of you will continue to join me on my journey as a composer and singer. The magick and the (black) metal doesn’t end here. Thank you again for all of the love, support, and memories. It will not be forgotten.”
Dani Filth says Schoolcraft’s decision has been “very difficult for everyone in the band” as they’ve become a “tightly-knit family on the road,” but he adds: “Of course we will miss Lindsay a lot and we hate to have to part ways, as we’ve travelled a beautifully madcap road together over the last few years and collectively share many amazing memories from those travels. Plus she is like our little gothic, Canadian, vegan sister.
“So the band and I wish her the very, very best for everything she has planned for the future and I hope you guys reading this continue to support her too.
“And though this truly is the end of an era, it is also the aromatic promise of another. Lindsay’s successor has already been unearthed and is contributing to the new record like a demented unearthed thing.
“The new album commences recording in a little over a fortnight’s time and a release date is set for later in the year.”
In October last year, Cradle Of Filth decided to cancel a handful of shows in order to concentrate on their next studio album (opens in new tab).
Further details on the follow-up to 2017’s Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay will be revealed in due course.