The Press Release:
CRADLE OF FILTH will return to American shores this fall for the Lustmord and Tourgasm tour, featuring an epic full performance of the British band’s classic 1998 concept album Cruelty and the Beast for the first time ever, as well as an encore of other CRADLE OF FILTH fan favorites.
“It’s been far too long America, but soon we will return to haunt your shores again,” says vocalist Dani Filth. “We, as a band, are very much looking forward to coming back to the States and performing ‘Cruelty and the Beast’ in its entirety (plus some firm fan favourites), which was our earlier intention before the Pandemic reared its ugly head.”
Joining CRADLE OF FILTH will be 3Teeth and Once Human. “To say we’re very excited about this, plus the support of 3Teeth and Once Human is an overwhelming understatement!” Filth says.
Says Once Human guitarist Logan Mader, “After nearly two years of being pent up, it’s time to let loose! We are beyond ready to hit the road and destroy stages this October supporting the mighty CRADLE OF FILTH and in support or our new single, ‘Deadlock,’ featuring Robb Flynn. Once Human’s new album will be out early ‘22, more singles to come!”
Released in 1998, the monumental Cruelty and the Beast is based on the legend of the Hungarian “blood countess” Elizabeth Báthory. Born into a prominent Hungarian family in 1560, Bathory went on to torture and kill an unknown number of women and girls – reportedly up to 650 – between 1590 and 1610. Despite evidence against her, Bathory was spared a death sentence by her family’s prominence and was sentenced to imprisonment at Čachtice Castle in Hungary (now Slovakia) until her death in 1614. Bathory is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific female killer in history.
This harrowing tale was brought to life musically on Cruelty and the Beast, a grandiose endeavor that introduced a more gothic influence to the extreme metal band’s sound, with vocal choirs and string elements working in synch with CRADLE OF FILTH’s trademark guitar riffs and blast beats. To complete the vision, the band included guest narration by actress Ingrid Pitt, who played the role of Bathory in the 1971 Hammer cult classic Countess Dracula. The album also served as CRADLE OF FILTH’s formal introduction to North American, after already catching the ears of fans across the pond with their The Principle of Evil Made Flesh and Dusk and Her Embrace albums.
The Tour Dates:
10/1 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
10/2 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
10/3 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/7 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
10/9 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/10 – Harrisburg, PA – HMAC
10/11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
10/14 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/15 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
10/16 – Chicago, IL – Radius
10/18 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/20 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/21 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/22 – San Diego, CA – Belasco Theatre
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Observatory North Park
10/24 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
10/26 – San Francisco, CA – Regency
10/29 – Monterrey, MX – Monterrey Metal Festival
CRADLE OF FILTH recently announced the latest release, Existence Is Futile, scheduled for release on October 22 via Nuclear Blast, as well as the addition of new female vocalist Annabelle, who made her debut on the group’s May 12 livestream. Poison your eyes and ears with CRADLE OF FILTH’s latest Lovecraftian anthem and evoke the “Crawling King Chaos” here: https://youtu.be/Wks1aBh49sQ. Existence Is Futile pre-orders are available now at https://bfan.link/existence-is-futile.ema.
CRADLE OF FILTH, 2021 A.D., are:
Dani Filth | Vocals
Richard Shaw | Guitar
Ashok | Guitar
Daniel Firth | Bass
Martin ‘Marthus’ Skaroupka | Drums
Anabelle | Female vocals, keys, lyre & orchestration
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I’ve seen Cradle of Filth a number of times during my tenure as a scribe across the music and pop culture geography, I was not that much a fan in the early days. I guess I was a bit lame and found them to be too much for my liking but once I began doing this I started to enjoy the overall presentation and have done my best to keep supportive of the group. I love watching them in concert as its an intense presentation and this tour looks to be a good one. I didn’t like 3Teeth all that much when I first saw them but that was mostly because it was the final HIM show in New York City ever and I didn’t care about any other performer that night besides the Finns. It will be good to see them with more musical clarity and many of my colleagues like them so it will be a better chance for me. Once Human I’ve only ever seen once and I did enjoy them so it will be another good opportunity. In these editorial closings, I’ve often pointed out that fans should see all the acts if it was possible and now after sitting at home for more than a year without shows I think this is even more paramount. As much as you’ve missed live music the bands have missed playing it for you and hearing your screams. Let’s work on welcoming back as many of the groups as we can and getting used to screaming back at them with fists raised high. That’s all I’ve got to say about this but you can all chime in down below and let me know what you think. It will be nice to hear from you on this one.