Marek "Ashok" Smerda

Marek “Ashok” Smerda has been the guitarist for Cradle of Filth since early 2014 when he received the invitation to do the European Tour.

Since then, he’s become a full-time member having toured all around the world with the band while simultaneously having put his hand and heart to the plough on the Cradle of Filth releases “Hammer of the Witches“, “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay” and “Existence is Futile.”

All these albums were critically acclaimed by critics and fans and quickly became milestones.

For the last plus 20 years, Ashok gained a lot of experience both in studio sessions and live performances with various bands (Root, Equirhodont, Inner Fear, Titanic, among others) and other musical projects which have allowed him to develop his playing style, tone, and songwriting.

“I was really amazed by tone, clarity and dynamics of Fishman pickups when I first tried them five years ago. Since then, they are my reliable and secret weapon both in studio and live!”

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