British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have begun work on the follow-up to 2012's "The Manticore And Other Horrors", with the hope of a release this time next year in 2015.
Comments CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani "Filth" Davey: "Fired up from the recent spate of shows in Europe with co-headliners BEHEMOTH, the band have decided to forego the year away from writing, and leap back into the fray with vigour anew.
"The crux of three songs have already been broached and I can say the material is comparable to that of 'Dusk... And Her Embrace' , 'Cruelty And The Beast'  and 'Midian' , albeit with a fresher sound. I can't define it exactly, as it incorporates a wide variety of styles and dark emotions as one would come to expect from a CRADLE record. One thing is certain, though: this next release is going to be pushing the boundaries of what the band can achieve, and with forthcoming live shows peppering the writing process, I know this album is going to be fuelled by 101% metal fury!"
At last, after more than 20 years, "Total Fucking Darkness", the infamous third demo from CRADLE OF FILTH, will be officially released in vinyl format on May 5. Housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with paintings featuring the twisted visions of BBC Radio One presenter and occult artist Daniel Carter, the release will include some tracks previously unreleased by the band.
Guitarists Paul Allender and James McIlroy both sat out CRADLE OF FILTH's European tour with BEHEMOTH due to "hugely important family matters" and "serious neck surgery," respectively. Filling in for them were Ashok of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR and Richard Shaw of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh", the historic debut album from CRADLE OF FILTH on Cacophonous Records. To honor this momentous occasion, CRADLE OF FILTH is planning a whole smorgasbord of exciting stuff, including the first-ever CRADLE OF FILTH comic, the release of a career-spanning double disc best-of, and, of course, the subsequent touring.
CRADLE OF FILTH's tenth studio album, "The Manticore And Other Horrors", sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99.