Keyboardist Lindsay Schoolcraft has left Cradle of Filth after seven years citing “well-being” and “mental health”, while a “successor has already been unearthed”, according to frontman Dani Filth.
With Cradle, Schoolcraft undertook some of the most prolific touring in the band’s 28-year history.
She released a statement saying it was a tough call but one she needed to make.
“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 well-being and mental health,” she stated.
“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.
“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.”
Schoolcraft said she wished the best to the new member and that her metal journey did not end here.
“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.”
Frontman Dani Filth also released a statement, saying it was a difficult move but the band was fully supportive.
“This is very difficult for everyone in the band who have become a very tightly-knit family on the road, but ultimately it is something that has come to pass out of necessity both for her health and the band’s musical development hereon-in,” he stated.
“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.
He said though this is the end of an era, it is also the promise of another one.
“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.”