British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have been forced to cancel the first show of their South American tour, which was due to take place this coming Friday night, December 10 at Estadio Chaupicruz in Quito, Ecuador.Commented CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani "Filth" Davey: "Everyone involved with the band, and especially the band themselves are deeply distressed over the cancellation of our show in Ecuador this Friday. This is the second time we have had to pull out of a concert in Ecuador (the last cancellation being due to airport closure as we were circling the runway!). "Unfortunately, this time has been due to several reasons, including severe weather conditions stranding half the band's crew, deep 'contractual' problems, plus flight-booking fuck-ups. It is a regrettable situation to be in, but unfortunately an impossible one at this particular time to rectify. "Our sincere apologies go out to all the fans we have disappointed by this very-well-thought-out decision, the band feeling even worse about it as we are all stuck in cold, redundant limbo for two days. "As for the rest of our South American tour, all other shows are definitely on, the first being on the twelfth at the Teatro Metropol, in Bogotá, Colombia, this very Sunday. We can't wait, though once again, I'd like to apologize to all our loyal, disappointed fans in Ecuador. We are so pissed off that this has had to happen." Fans who had bought tickets for the gig should contact the promoter to receive a refund. CRADLE OF FILTH will return to the studio later this month to resume work on its next project, an orchestral album titled "Midnight In The Labyrinth", which, according to vocalist Dani "Filth" Davey, will "reinvent" tracks from the band's first four albums and include "full soundtrack-quality stuff... with choirs, strings and some narration." Filth writes in his online update, "All songs will be fully orchestrated akin to a horror movie soundtrack (think Danny Elfman, John Williams, Christopher Young, etc.) and are comprised solely of tracks from our first four releases" — 1996 EP "Vempire Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein", 1994's "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh", 1996's "Dusk... And Her Embrace" and 1998's "Cruelty And The Beast" — "'Funeral In Carpathia' being my favorite conversion thus far." CRADLE OF FILTH will embark on its first North American tour since 2009, a headlining run dubbed "FEARnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour", in February 2011. Support on the trek will come from NACHTMYSTIUM, TURISAS and DANIEL LIONEYE. CRADLE OF FILTH's new album, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" sold 5,800 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 99 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder", opened with a little over 11,000 copies back in November 2008 to debut at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart. This was slightly less than the first-week tally registered by 2006's "Thornography", which shifted nearly 13,000 copies the first week out to enter The Billboard chart at No. 66, and "Nymphetamine", which premiered with almost 14,000 copies back in October 2004.