CRADLE OF FILTH, SATYRICON, SEPTICFLESH: First U.S. Dates Revealed

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will tean up with Norway's SATYRICON and Greece's SEPTICFLESH (now written as one word) for a North American tour in January/February. So far the following dates have been revealed:

Jan. 16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Jan. 23 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Feb. 21 - Orlando, FL - The Club

30-second audio samples of all the tracks that appear on CRADLE OF FILTH's new album, "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder", are available on Amazon.de.

In addition to the standard version of "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" (due out on October 28 via Roadrunner Records), there will also be a special edition and vinyl released. See below for the complete track listing.

Special Edition (two-disc set featuring 10 unreleased/rare bonus tracks and expanded artwork):

Disc 1:

01. In Grandeur And Frankincense Devilment Stirs
02. Shat Out Of Hell
03. The Death Of Love
04. The 13th Caesar
05. Tiffauges
06. Tragic Kingdom
07. Sweetest Maleficia
08. Honey And Sulphur
09. Midnight Shadows Crawl To Darken Counsel With Life
10. Darkness Incarnate
11. Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt
12. Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder
13. Corpseflower

Disc 2:

01. Balsamic and Anathema
02. A Thousand Hands On The Maid Of Ruin
03. Into The Crypt Of Rays
04. Devil To The Metal
05. Courting Baphomet
06. The Love Of Death (Remix)
07. The Death Of Love (Demo)
08. The 13th Caesar (Demo)
09. Dirge Inferno (Live)
10. Dusk And Her Embrace (Live)

Vinyl (double vinyl includes two tracks not available on the standard album and a code to download the entire album in MP3 format):

01. In Grandeur And Frankincense Devilment Stirs
02. Shat Out Of Hell
03. The Death Of Love
04. The 13th Caesar
05. Tiffauges
06. Tragic Kingdom
07. Sweetest Maleficia
08. Honey And Sulphur
09. Midnight Shadows Crawl To Darken Counsel With Life
10. Darkness Incarnate
11. A Thousand Hands On The Maid Of Ruin
12. Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt
13. Balsamic and Anathema
14. Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder
15. Corpseflower

The song "Tragic Kingdom" is available for streaming at this location.

"Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder" (see artwork below) is conceptual and is based on the well-documented, true-life fall from grace of a shadowy historical figure named Gilles de Rais, a wealthy French nobleman who was one of Joan of Arc's brothers-in-arms. He was best known, however, as a prolific serial killer who mixed prayers with his nightly murders as well as an aspiring alchemist. He was accused of a panoply of crimes, among them heresy, demonology and kidnapping. There's even an extreme fringe sect of historians who question de Rais' true status, with some convinced he was framed.

Regardless of viewpoint, leave it to CRADLE OF FILTH to dissect de Rais' biography, exploring subversive, inflammatory historical subject matter in its lyrics, taking an unjaundiced look at a controversial figure in European history, set to epic black metal music. The band profiled Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory, who attempted to preserve her youth by bathing in the blood of virgins, in the past and now moves forward by framing their latest album around the story of de Rais.

CRADLE OF FILTH's vocalist Dani Filth elaborated on the album's concept, saying, "By far this is our most extreme, dramatic and deeply disturbing album to date. The legend of Gilles de Rais has been given fresh, vampyrical life in this conceptual meisterwerk, swathed in pitch-black magic and a viciousness unsurpassed in the annals of CRADLE history. Screw what our detractors say, everyone who has heard this album has bruised their jaws on the pentagram-bejewelled floor."

VampireFreaks.com recently conducted an interview with CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth and guitarist Paul Allender about "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder". Watch the 23-minute chat below.

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