Paul Allender

Paul Allender (born 17 November 1970, Colchester, Essex, England) is the lead guitarist of the British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth.

Early life

At the age of six years old, Allender’s father introduced him to martial arts, which led to a way of life for him and the home which he grew up in. He received his first guitar at the age of fourteen, and played in staggered periods until he was nineteen years old, because his martial arts training was always his first priority.

Cradle of Filth

He joined the band as the guitarist in 1992, and stayed until 1996. In 1996, he left Cradle of Filth to join The Blood Divine and to spend more time with his son. In 1998, Allender started another band called Primary Slave. In 2000, just before Primary Slave signed a recording contract, Allender rejoined Cradle of Filth after receiving a call from Dani Filth, along with drummer Adrian Erlandsson and keyboardist Martin Powell on the band’s album, Midian.

While performing on stage with Cradle of Filth at Bloodstock Open Air in August 2009, a member of the audience used a slingshot to fire a gobstopper at the stage which narrowly missed Dani Filth, but hit Allender on his spine in his lower back. He was then sent to the hospital which caused the performance to end early.

Playing style

Allender is recognized for his unique right-handed technique. To quote Allender: “To tell you the truth… I don’t jam. I’ve always played what actually I see in my head. Therefore, when I play, I don’t use any specific scales or anything in order or that’s musically correct or anything… I’ve always concentrated on mixing lead-oriented riffs, but in like a rhythmic sense. That’s the way I’ve always been because I’ve never really been interested in doing ultra-fast lead work. I’ve always mixed the two up. Just concentrating on the 16th notes and stuff on the right hand, making sure it all sinks in. It’s the guitar and it’s the way we dress onstage, it’s all part of this troupe, this uniformed-like togetherness… It just comes out dark as fuck”.

Paul Allender
Background information
Birth name Paul Allender
Born 17 November 1970 (age 40)
Origin Colchester, England
Genres Black metal, doom metal, Extreme Metal
Occupations Musician, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1992–present
Labels Roadrunner Records
Associated acts Cradle of Filth, The Blood Divine, Primary Slave
Website Cradle of Filth
Notable instruments
PRS Allender Signature Model


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