"Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", the new album from British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH, was released last month on the band's own AbraCadaver imprint through Peaceville Records.
Part of the reason that the band decided to release the album through their own imprint was that they wanted to have more direct control over the artistic process. Vocalist Dani "Filth" Davey has said that part of the reason for switching labels was the desire to be a "bigger fish in a smaller more creative pond and we've been able to choose who we want for booking press and stuff. We've got the best of both worlds, really."
This newfound freedom has also allowed CRADLE OF FILTH to connect directly with its legions of devoted fans around the world and Dani has taken time out of the grueling rehearsal schedule for the band's forthcoming South American tour to answer some of the questions that were sent in by fans to Peaceville last month. A video of him answering the first batch can now be viewed below.
In addition, CRADLE OF FILTH has now decided to let the fans choose which track from the album the band should next make a video for.
Dani explains: "We are really happy with the way that the first video, for 'Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)', but couldn't decide which track would best so we thought we'd let the fans decide as we trust their judgment totally."
A poll has been set up on www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth which lists all the tracks from the album. The final choice will be made at the end of this year with the new video being filmed in January.
"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.