Cradle of Filth has the most controversial t-shirt in metal history
What keeps Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth and his bandmates going after thirty years?
“Well, I mean, that’s our job. It’s easy,” Filth replies. “We love doing it, obviously. I love being in a band more than ever.
Filth was in Los Angeles, waiting for the rest of his comrades to arrive in the United States before heading to practice. The pandemic has marred international travel and touring, but Filth attributed it to a new occupational hazard, like “dodging bullets” or “walking on a minefield.”
“This fucking COVID thing is bugging me, it really is,” he admits, adding that Cradle of Filth had the chance to tour the United States last year. “We had to jump through so many hoops. Honestly, it was so hard.
But the English symphonic black metallers are back in America to support Danzig. The tour stops in Denver on Tuesday, May 10 at the Mission Ballroom. Crobot and Necrofier also open. Along with the Danzig dates, Cradle of Filth have planned headlining gigs to promote the band’s new album, Existence is futile. As a Danzig fan, Filth is thrilled with the tour, especially since Cradle of Filth hasn’t typically opened many acts in his career.
“It’s different. It’s very refreshing. We haven’t supported a band like Danzig in years. I think this is probably, other than festivals, only the second time we’ve supported in our entire career. he says.
With thirteen studio albums, picking a setlist “gets harder with each album, because you want to try to commit to playing stuff from the new album. Then you also have to play fan favorites and a plethora of songs that sum up your career instead of dwelling on a particular era,” says Filth.
“In other words: it’s not going to get any easier over time,” he adds. “There are a few new songs and a few songs we haven’t played in a long time. There are a few surprises, but I’ll leave that until people can see us.
Existence is futile continues Cradle of Filth’s mastery of blending extreme metal and operatic scores with dark themes and Filth’s poetic lyrics. With a mind like Poe’s and the vocal cords of a Banshee, Filth brings an arcane, romantic element to the mix that can be lost on most listeners, at first. Maybe it’s because the band’s outfits and on-stage merchandise have raised a few eyebrows over the years, most notoriously with a black 1993 T-shirt that featured a photo of a nun masturbating with a crucifix. above the line “Vestal masturbation” and “Jesus is a cunt” written on the back. rolling stone called it “the most controversial shirt in rock history”, and its legend has only grown over the years. But being a “shock rock” band was never a goal for Cradle of Filth.
“By definition alone, [shock rock] would belong to us, but it was never a point of reference. It was never something that we were striving to go out and do primarily,” Filth says. “Some days we went out along the proverbial grave, and maybe threw a few ‘kisses’ or ‘pussy’s here and there. But that’s just because we play in an extreme metal band. The principle is that you do what you want when you want to do it. It would be so easy and very contrived too to spend your entire career trying to shock people over and over and over again.
Filth adds that music and concerts offer escapism more than anything, especially these days, when you don’t have to look too far to find real life horrors of death and destruction.
“I don’t think the world is so shocking now. I mean, holy shit, we had Armageddon after Armageddon in a row. Now we have the war in Ukraine and the threat of nuclear extinction hanging over everyone again. Everything else really pales in comparison to the horrors people are enduring in Ukraine and Russia as well,” he says.
The new album also reflects part of this reality, and with a title like Existence is futileit feels damn near prophetic.
“We’re not one of those groups that usually talk about skyscrapers and sports cars. Maybe that’s where we’re wrong,” Filth laughs. “But I would say this album needed a bit more modernity, because otherwise people can’t relate to it.”
Cradle of Filth performs at the Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop Street, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. Tickets cost between $49 and $100.