British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to last year’s “Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa”. According to CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani “Filth” Davey, “Two songs (‘The Abhorrent’ and ‘Siding With The Titans’) [are] already past the demoing stage, with a third track snapping swiftly on their heels. I can reveal that they are sounding sonically, well, like CRADLE OF FILTH, but in a very good way. But then again I would say that, wouldn’t I? Whether it be true or not I think the songs thus far sound fab, very atmospheric but driving headlong, eerily cinematic and really memorable.”
He adds, “At the present we are looking at entering the studio around the third week in March 2012 with that ever-tentative release date of next All Hallow’s Eve to crawl eventually toward. This would put the band firmly back out on the road towards the end of next year, possibly straight into the maw of Europe. There will be new things in the CRADLE OF FILTH canon as we really try not to stagnate — well, not outside of our stage clothes anyway — but rest assured what has surfaced already is killer material indeed. And no, it’s not’s another fucking concept album!
In other news, CRADLE OF FILTH is putting the finishing touches on its next project, an orchestral album titled “Midnight In The Labyrinth”, which, according to Davey, will feature “nine classic CRADLE tunes reinvented as orchestral compositions.” He adds, “This is no elevator music (or indeed the theme music to ‘Schindler’s Lift’!), this is a full-on horror film soundtrack in the vein of Danny Elfman, Christopher Young or Jerry Goldsmith. Musical scores to whittle away the evil winter months to… this should see the poisonous light of day in April 2012. Ish.”
“Midnight In The Labyrinth” track listing (not final sequence):
* The Forest Whispers My Name
* The Twisted Nails Of Faith
* Summer Dying Fast
* The Rape And Ruin Of Angels (Hosannas In Extremis)
* Funeral In Carpathia
* Thirteen Autumns And A Widow
* A Gothic Romance (Red Roses For The Devil’s Whore)
* Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
* Dusk And Her Embrace
CRADLE OF FILTH‘s new CD/DVD, “Evermore Darkly”, was released in Europe via Peaceville Records on October 24 (October 18 in North America).
“Evermore Darkly” is a follow-on from last year’s triumphant “Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa” album. The CD/DVD package includes new tracks and rarities, along with a lengthy on-the-road documentary and ten songs filmed live at this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, as well as the video for “Lilith Immaculate”.
The CD features brand new musical beast “Thank Your Lucky Stars”, plus a special remix of “Forgive Me Father”, courtesy of Rob Caggiano from ANTHRAX, the extended rendition of “Lilith Immaculate”, as well as tempered demo versions of three “Darkly, Darkly…” songs. The mini-album closes with a special taster from CRADLE OF FILTH‘s impending orchestral project, in the form of a haunting, classic reworking of fan favorite “Summer Dying Fast”.
The “Evermore Darkly” DVD contains footage from summer 2011 when CRADLE OF FILTH embarked on a rapid spat of tours, accompanied by two eager filmmakers. The resulting documentary, “You Can’t Polish A Turd, But You Can Roll It In Glitter”, combined with performance and interview footage culminates in a forty-five minute film of the not-so-glamorous reality of life in a touring band at work and play, as they trawl their way across Europe over eight performances. The DVD includes an interview with ghoul-guide Dani Filth, interspersed and peppered with live footage and backstage shenanigans, culminating in the entire hour-long set from this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting appearance.