Artists / Bands, Culture, Interviews, Metal / Hard Rock — March 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

INTERVIEW: Cradle of Filth takes Singapore!

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The heavy metal genre has countless bands around the globe, and the genre’s taste for controversy, its anti-establishment posture, and its tendency to shock the non-initiated is not new. And it wasn’t new when Cradle of Filth first appeared in the mid-nineties, yet they managed to have quite an impact on the metal scene, as well as to add fodder for the genre’s detractors.

Often mistaken for a black metal band, they really created a genre of their own, by blending the extreme, the dark, the gothic and the symphonic influences into a melting pot of horrors. They moved quickly from being just another underground band to being a headliner in festivals that constantly draws media attention. Yet they’ve kept the core values in their music, their shock elements, and their mastery of themes that touch on our darkest fears.

Having recently released their tenth full-lenght, The Manticore and Other Horrors, they will now play in Singapore for the first time. Music Weekly Asia had the opportunity to talk to the band about this new release, and the expectations surrounding this unique concert opportunity. 

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With this latest album The Manticore and Other Horrors, you’ve changed the musical direction a little bit, again. The band seems to be always evolving, always running away from genre labels and from repeating the past – is this intentional? 

CoF: Yes, this was done intentionally because we felt like the last few albums all sounded same, and this band needed a life injection to go back to what we used to be in the early days. With Manticore there was minimal cutting and pasting in Pro Tools. Guitars, bass and drums, pretty much from start to finish, were recorded live. It would be really boring for us and the fans if we released the same stuff.  The music has to evolve all the time.

Do people still call you Black Metal these days, or have they finally concluded that you have your own sub-genre in music, the Cradle of Filth sub-genre?  

CoF: Yes, people do still call us black metal as well as goth rock, vampire metal, vampire rock (frilly pink metal), etc. Yes, we have our own sound and I’m in another band that we’re promoting and that too has its own sound and sub-genre, you could say.

This new album explores again horror-related themes. I believe you are all big fans of the horror genre, is that from childhood?

CoF: We remember when we were a bunch of wee lads sitting down with our Dads every weekend and watching hammer horror films when they were on TV. Apart from that we’ve never really been into horror films. We like science fiction and black and white horror films, but these new horror films have so much splatter and gore in that they dont leave much to the imagination.

Is it easier to shock audiences and listeners with evil things than with good things? Is that just Human nature? 

CoF: Yes its easier to shock audiences with evil things because that’s just human nature, you’re brought up to believe that all nasty things are evil, and some will make that connection later on. Hence coming up with any imagery like our artwork, or the music we write – that always revolves around the darker side – is going to most likely shock people indeed.

Is the band is now officially reduced to a three-piece, with hired musicians in studio or live as needed ? Is it easier this way? So there are less fights for musical control and things like that? Any downsides? 

CoF: No we are not a three piece, just because we were sometimes portrayed in the press like that, and only have three musicians in some of the photos, it doesn’t mean we are a three piece. . It was Paul and Martin that did all the music, and Dani did the lyrics, everyone else were session players and they had their work with other bands, so they couldn’t find time to contribute more on Manitcore. It is easier this way becuase theres not that many cooks spoiling the broth, and we didn’t have any fights about music control… that’s for unprofessional bands! The way Manticore was written is an upside, I think.

Your tour of this album will include Singapore for the first time, what are the expectations? Have you personally been there before?

CoF: Yes this is our first time in Singapore, we don’t know what to expect to be honest, but I’ve always wanted to go to Singapore…. We personally have never been there at all.

We’re in the 21st century, but there still a lot of prejudice and censorship going around targeting metal in particular. Your image, music and lyrics are sometimes misunderstood… and Singapore is known to be a very strict regime. Do you fear any censorship problems? 

CoF: Yes there’s is still a lot of censorship around metal in general but it also extends to books, films, artwork and everything in between. So we’re not the only target. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCERT DETAILS

Cradle of Filth ‘Live’ in Singapore presented by Inokii
April 26, 2013
8pm
Powerhouse at St James Station
Tickets: SG$100 (standard), SG$120 (at the door, cash only)
More details on Inokii Facebook page

 

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