CRADLE OF FILTH is spreading ample doses of mayhem, malice and macabre music to the stage as the headliners of Viva La Bands 2007 North American tour, sponsored by MTV personality Bam Margera and Rockstar Energy Drinks.
Known for its morbid stage shows and goth-tinged, extreme tragic-romance music, each CRADLE OF FILTH performance is accentuated with a visual treat rife with barbed wire, scorched earth and three-dimensional projection imagery. The Grammy-nominated sextet's nightly exhibitions are serving a most appropriate backdrop to the autumn and Halloween season.
Vocalist Dani Filth describes the tour as metaphorically "darkening of the seasons." He continues, "the show gets nastier as the night goes on." Sharing the stage with CRADLE OF FILTH this fall are VAINS OF JENNA, CKY, and the mighty GWAR, whose horrifically costumed presence has also caused some consternation amongst the religious elite.
The concerts have been so intense of late that it became targeted for cancellation in Orlando, FL by Disney officials. "The cancellation of our show on grounds of inappropriate content is a joke," says Filth vehemently.
"We've already played there three times in the past," he continues, "so I'm guessing that the added antics of Bam and the barbarian grossness of GWAR to the unholy brew has warranted only further worry for the corporation. Lucky then that our 'Jesus Is A C**t' t-shirts are inappropriate everywhere!
"Anyway, if Disney didn't want to see hordes of black-clad figures lurking around their jaded kingdom then they should've thought twice about creating characters like Cruella DeVille and Maleficent in the first place. The main difference being that this tour is no fairytale and that we're the real f***ing deal!"
CRADLE OF FILTH is touring in support of its latest Roadrunner Records release "Thornography", whose brooding energy is accentuated by guest vocals by goth rock hero Ville Valle of HIM and Doug Bradley (Pinhead of the "Hellraiser" film series and longtime CRADLE OF FILTH collaborator).
In other news, two new videos have launched exclusively on CRADLE OF FILTH's MySpace page and its official YouTube channel: the live performance of "Tonight In Flames", directed by guitarist Paul Allender, and "The Foetus of a New Day Kicking", which Filth considers "a post-apocalyptic anthem depicting strength revived…with tanks, hot girls and scorched earth erotica." Watch both clips below.
Dani Filth recently recorded vocals for the theme song to Dario Argento's latest horror/suspense opus "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother". The song, entitled "(She's) The Mother of Tears" was composed by Claudio Simonetti. Simonetti, a veritable legend among horror film scores, is also noted for penning music to such classics as "Dawn of the Dead", "Suspiria", "Phenomena" and several episodes of the popular series "Masters of Horror".
"Tonight In Flames":
"The Foetus of a New Day Kicking":