CRADLE OF FILTH INTERVIEW - DANI FILTH
In 1998 Cruelty and the Beast was released and showcased the band's hybrid of brutality and macabre romanticism, crafting a concept album based on the life of Hungarian Countess and mass murderer Elizabeth Bathory who tortured and murdered hundreds of young women in the 16th and 17th centuries. The album was both bombastic and grandiose, inflected with gothic touches, yet unquestionably rooted in black metal. In addition to the feral bludgeoning and the slower, more melodic keyboard passages, Cruelty and the Beast featured three haunting, elegiac instrumentals filled with chiming organs, horrified screams and synthesized orchestra parts that enhanced the drama and split the presentation into three acts. No other band other than CRADLE OF FILTH would have been capable of creating such an opus.
Twinmusix got to speak to Dani Filth from Cradle of filth about their upcoming tour and more.
TM - Hi Dani, Thank You for having this interview with me today. We cannot wait to have you back in Australia. How are you?
DF - Thank You for having me. I am good, how are you?
TM - Good Thank You. You are coming to Australia, what made you want to play your Cruelty and the Beast album on your upcoming tour?
DF - Last year was the 20th anniversary and we remixed and remastered the tapes and did all the subsequent press for it and video the artwork. It was the original artwork, we just found some extra photos from the original photography session which got caught up in some legal stuff, because it wasn't the same members. This pushed the shows back. The shows have been great and we enjoyed doing them. We jumped at the opportunity to come to Australia and it will be our first time in New Zealand so really excited.
TM - Can we expect any fan favourites on this tour?
DF - Yes, obviously you can expect some pop favorites and Cruelty and the Beast.
TM - From a stage perspective what to expect visually to see?
DF - It is hard for us to do a full stage because we are coming to the other side of the world. We will have right back straps, cool costumes and we have a great lighting guy.
TM - You wear a lot of amazing outfits on stage, do you design them yourself and have input on what you wear?
DF - We have designers helping us design the costumes and we get input on what we want to be designed to wear.
TM - That is cool man, I love your creativity. Can we expect a new album anytime soon?
DF - Absolutely, we have been nibbling at that more than anything else. We have a few ideas on songs already and we have already written a few. As the Festival season finishes we will be at home writing and recording. Hopefully, we will have something released by September.
TM - What can fans expect from Bloodstock?
DF - They can expect hell-raising down on their heads because we have pyro and CO2. They can expect a good range of songs from our albums. We played Waken this year and because it was raining we had to move to a smaller stage but it was still a good set.
TM - What is your favorite festival to play?
DF - I like Hellfest, Waken, Bloodstock, Download and Summer Breeze.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
DF - Bad Religion doing Guilds Cunt in their style.
TM - If you could collaborate with any band who would it be and why?
DF - Jeff Wayne who did an album war of the worlds. It is one of my favourite albums. They recently toured Australia the soundtrack is based on the book about fighting machines.
TM - What's your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?
DF - Danzig perform and it was a time when they were throwing everyone off stage and he wouldn't let anyone record but he let me and my daughter sit on the side of the stage it was cool.
TM - That is cool man, what a sweet gig to be side of stage for.
TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
DF - We are excited about everything that's happening with the band. We have new management they do a great job pushing us. We have an awesome new crew and we hope to see everyone in Australia and New Zealand.
TM - Thank You for the Interview, we cannot wait to see you in Australia.