Vocalist Dani "Filth" Davey of British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH has issued the following update:
"We are currently working like rabid dogs on the extra-special fan edition of the [new CRADLE OF FILTH] album ['Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa']. The final details of what exactly will be in this super deluxe set are being finalised as we look at all possible options to make this the best CRADLE OF FILTH release that we have ever created, the ultimate version of our ultimate album. For you, our loyal mortal appreciators. This lavish set shall include two CDs (replete with bonus tracks), a DVD, a hard-back 64-page book (band photos, musings and artwork), exclusive photo prints, a lenticular 3D version of the album cover art ready for framing, plus a few more unearthly treasures which we are currently in the midst of concocting.
"This special set will only be available from Peaceville.com/CradleOfFilth and will cost a maximum of £50. This set shall be strictly limited edition and once they sell out shall never be re-pressed, save only in Hell.
"If you want the chance to order this monumental fan edition, then sign up to this mailing list to receive a special pre-order notification, which will give you the chance to order the set 24 hours before the final product is officially announced and offered for sale."
Video footage of CRADLE OF FILTH discussing their forthcoming ninth studio album, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", can be viewed below. In the clip, singer Dani Filth and the rest of the band discuss the recording process, the meaning behind the title, the album artwork and more.
A mini-site for "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" can be accessed at this location. The site features info about the album, a gallery featuring new band pics and elements from the album artwork, a link to download a MP3 of the track "Lilith Immaculate", downloads and more. The site will be updated on a weekly basis with video blogs, fan competitions, promo videos, an Iphone app, new downloads and more. From September 22, there will also be previews of a different track from the album every Wednesday.
"Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" is, in the words of CRADLE's infamous frontman Dani Filth, "without doubt the fastest and most brutal album we've created to date. As an acquaintance of the band so aptly noted, this is like 'IRON MAIDEN on crack in a graveyard of angels!' This album is CRADLE at our most sinister and darkened fairytale," continues Dani. "A gothic horror themed slay-ride of fervour and perversion; yet amidst the orchestral melodrama and lush, cinematic production, there sits stalwart a ravening beast of furious riffing, flesh ripping vocals and monstrous, unstoppable percussion."
CRADLE OF FILTH — consisting of Dani Filth on vocals, Paul Allender and James McIlroy on guitar, David Pybus on bass, Martin Skaroupka on drums and Ashley Ellyllon on keyboards — recorded the follow-up to 2008's "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" at Monkey Puzzle studios near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The bandmembers remain stalwarts to the satanic horror ethos by again composing a fully blown concept album, this time based on Adam's first wife, the lascivious Demoness Lilith; throwing Medieval nuns, Knights Templars, Greek mythology and lashings of sex, occult lore and violent bloodshed into the smelting pot, to create a darkly erotic nightmare set to their unique scope of supreme vampyric metal. And with an as-near-as-dammit release date of All Hallow's Eve 2010, CRADLE OF FILTH are snarling at the leash to get out to all of their fans across the world. "We can't wait to play this shit live," admits Dani.
For this release, the band wanted mastery of their own destiny, choosing to release the album on their very own AbraCadaver label in conjunction with Peaceville Records, home to such illicit luminaries as DARKTHRONE, KATATONIA, MY DYING BRIDE, BLOODBATH and GALLHAMMER, among many others. Vocalist Dani Filth has described the move as being "a choice to move away from the artistic restrictions/mindless inhibitions imposed by dwelling on a major label" and cites the current financial clime as "the perfect opportunity to start doing things our own way again, with the added benefit of being a far bigger fish in a proverbial pool, surrounded by people who have been handpicked to get the job best done. And more importantly... who still are hungry for the taste of music."
Click here to go to the new CRADLE OF FILTH microsite and sign up to the mailing list to receive your free MP3 download of the new song "Lilith Immaculate".
"Lilith Immaculate" audio stream (from YouTube):