British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast.
CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani Filth commented "Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way back in 1996 as a viable label option, after we left Cacophonous Records. He barely missed out due to the close proximity to the band of Music For Nations, the label that CRADLE stayed with until 2001. Now, not only do Nuclear Blast have offices all over the world, but the one in London is actually dead opposite to the old MFN building! Which is weird!
"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of CRADLE OF FILTH's dark, enigmatic history.
"Next year is going to be a massive year for the band and the black flags start flying here, with the announcement of our unholy union with Nuclear Blast who have already done great things with my Witch County band, DEVILMENT."
CRADLE OF FILTH's new CD will mark the first release with the band's new lineup, which includes new guitarists Ashok (of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR) and Richard Shaw (of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26).
Filth recently told Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast about CRADLE OF FILTH's upcoming album, which the band will begin recording on November 24 for a tentative June 2015 release: "We've got 15 tracks which we'll address in the studio, so we don't know which ones are gonna make the actual finished album. But it's sounding amazing.
"It hasn't got a name, but the working title is 'Hammer Of The Witches'. Because of our new lineup and everything else… It's amazing. It's gone back to the twin-guitar harmonies — very fast and ornate and atmospherically sppoky, but [with] lots of melody. I thnk it's gonna surprise a lot of people."
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.
CRADLE OF FILTH is:
Dani Filth - vocals
Martin Skaroupka - drums
Daniel Firth - bass
Richard Shaw - guitar
Ashok - guitar
Lindsay Schoolcraft - keys, female vocals