Oh what new hell is this? Just a week before a rather large run of North American dates, it seems like Cradle of Filth‘s impending headlining tour has just lost their headliner. The problem seems to be the usual suspect for bands trying to get over to the states, visa issues. I’ve never had to deal with that myself, so while I don’t really know the intricacies involved with receiving a visa, but since Cradle of Filth have been doing this for a few decades now, it seems rather silly that they wouldn’t have planned ahead for this. It happens fairly often in the world of touring musicians, and it just seems like an issue that you would want to plan ahead for.
That aside, Cradle of Filth has issued a statement apologising for the cancellation. I was really hoping to see this tour, because hey, I like Cradle of Filth from time to time, even if their recent output hasn’t been the strongest. Oh well, there’s really not much more to say about this. It sucks for everyone involved, and I hope The Faceless, Decapitated, and The Agonist can pull something together and salvage what they can from this now defunct tour. You can read the band’s statement after the jump. View Full Article »
Everyone loves a tour with perceived strong support and a weak headliner, especially those (like myself) who have to drive hours to get to the nearest show. Most of us at Heavy Blog staff agree: this Cradle of Filth headlining tour is pretty great, save for, you know, Cradle of Filth. Supporting the band on their tour is an array of Heavy Blog favorites, The Faceless, Decapitated, and The Agonist. Maybe I can duck out around 11 and make it back home by 2 AM?
Here are the dates:
2/22 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of Living Arts
2/27 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
2/28 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
3/1 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/3 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
3/4 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
3/6 W. Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
3/7 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
3/8 Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
3/9 San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
3/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/12 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/13 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
3/14 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/16 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
3/20 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
3/21 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
3/22 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
3/23 Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
3/25 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
3/26 Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre
But seriously though, if you can, make it out to the show. It promises to be killer all around.
There has always been a pretty sharp divide in the metal community regarding Cradle of Filth, but regardless of all that drama, I really enjoy them. Sure, a lot of their music is pretty predictable and pretentious, but I would be lying if I said their latest offering Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa wasn’t one of my favorite albums from 2010, as well as their 2004 album Nymphetamine being a contender in my top twenty all time albums.
That being said, they are still an iffy band, and I’ll be honest, I did not enjoy their last single ‘For Your Vulgar Delectation’, and ‘Frost on Her Pillow’ is giving me that same uneasy feeling of “meh”. But for those interested you can view the video — which features a plethora of weird and not so pleasant imagery — above, and hopefully you’ll find something enjoyable in its folds.
Cradle of Filth’s forthcoming release, The Manticore and Other Horrors is out October 29th on Peaceville Records.
English black metal seems to be on the up lately. With bands like A Forest Of Stars, Fen, Old Corpse Road and Winterfylleth holding up the underground, it looks like we can all start getting over the fact that we were responsible for the creation of Cradle Of Filth!
Jabs aside, Mancunian four-piece Winterfylleth return in spectacular form with the new track ‘Void Of Light‘ from their upcoming album The Threnody Of Triumph, a caustic ripper of searing traditional black metal. It contains everything you could possibly want from their self-proclaimed ‘English Heritage Black Metal’, all wrapped in a swirling vortex of blastbeats and slowly morphing riffs. And while because of that descriptor the band has been involved in all manner of accusations of ‘racism’, at the heart of it, the music conjures up images of fog soaked forests and bitterly cold moors, exactly like that of the English countryside. You can get your copy of The Threnody Of Triumph when it drops September 10th through Candlelight Records.
01. Epiklesis I
02. Wings of Predation
06. Epiklesis II
08. Have You Held the Fevers
09. Devouring Famine
10. Apokatastasis Panton
[11/22/10, Season of Mist]
If you’re not familiar with Deathspell Omega yet, don’t kick yourself-NOBODY is familiar with Deathspell Omega. The mysterious French band never plays live, has no website, and have only given a handful of interviews in their existence. They are not interested in merchandising, commercializing, or self-promotion of their avant-garde brand of black metal in any way. They don’t care if you know who they are, in fact, they probably prefer if you don’t know who they are. Their music is for the select few who seek them out. It is not ideal for mass consumption. This is a refreshing change in an era when “black metal” bands like, say Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth, are very interested in visibility and sales-see their commercialized symphonic take on the Norwegian formula, their comical videos, and outrageous costumes. Hell, Dimmu’s Galder is on the back of my Decibel magazine this month trying to sell me the Peavey 6505 amp. Now, that is not exactly a sellout move, but it doesn’t help his “black metal mystique“, you know? Deathspell Omega have no such problem, they require the listener to focus entirely on the art itself and not the people who create the art.
I recently got the opportunity to trade e-mails with Dan Briggs, best know as the bassist for prog-metal maestros Between the Buried and Me, to talk about his new band, the very different but equally-as-fantastic ORBS.
A supergroup of sorts, ORBS also features members of Fear Before, Cradle of Filth and Torch Runner. Their upcoming album Asleep Next To Science has been maturing for around three years, and I rightly gave it a resounding thumbs up in my review here.
Hi Dan! Thanks for taking the time to sit down and talk to us. So: why the name ‘ORBS’?
The name ORBS comes from the original demo of the song “Sayer of the Law”, the demo name for it was “orb party” because we always viewed the floaty piano cadenza section before the first verse, as a star kind of exploding with energy and floating through space. I told Ashley it always reminded me of the dying star scenes in “The Fountain”, but I don’t think she’s seen it yet!
01. Sayer of the Law
02. A Man of Science
03. Megaloblastic Madness
04. The Northwestern Bearitories A: We the Animal
05. The Northwestern Bearitories B: Kid Cancer
06. People Will Read Again
07. Something Beautiful
08. Lost at Sea
[Equal Vision | 08/17/10]
Combining members of Between the Buried and Me, Cradle of Filth, Fear Before and Torch Runner, you’d be forgiven for expecting ORBS to be some kind of metal supergroup – albeit perhaps an eclectic one.
That was the mindset I had going into Asleep Next To Science, the debut album this group have had in the works since 2007. What I found was not even close to what I presumed: it is at first a bizarre, immeasurable experience, but one that rewards investment.
You see, despite the collective pedigree of the members of ORBS, they are not really metal at all. It was quite a surprise to say the least. Oh sure, they’re heavy (at times), but they instead take an astral, progressive approach to their music, combining a multitude of compositional techniques to create a sound that is very difficult to pigeon-hole. Bravo, ORBS; I like this.
Whilst not fresh news, we thought it worth mentioning that cross-country prog supergroup Orbs will be touring from the middle of next month into September in support of their long-awaited debut album Asleep Next To Science. Not only is this an exciting and probably rare opportunity to see something a little bit special, but it’s also mentionable because our review will be coming next week!
This extremely talented and unique band is the brain-child of Between the Buried and Me‘s bassist Dan Briggs and Cradle of Filth keyboardist Ashley Ellyllon, and also features two members of Fear Before.
Dates as follows:
19th August – Legitimate Business – Greensboro, NC (Launch show)
20th August – Skull Alley – Louiseville, KY
21st August – The End – Nashville, TN
22nd August – Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
23rd August – Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
24th August – Red 7 – Austin, TX
26th August – The Underground – Phoenix, AZ
27th August – Radio Room – San Diego, CA
28th August – Cobalt Cafe – Los Angeles, CA
29th August – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
31st August – Backspace – Portland, OR
1st September – Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
2nd September – Redroom – Boise, ID
3rd September – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
4th September – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5th September – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
All tour dates are with Junius, and they are joined at the launch show by Braveyoung.
Check back next week for the official verdict on crazy roof-bound preachers and tea parties with bears. You ‘eard.
This is where it started for me. These two bands captivated me, and really, really pulled me into a whole new world of music. I had heard of all the newly popular nu-metal acts at the time and they were kinda fun, but when I heard the first random collection of songs I had downloaded per request of a friend at the time it was something different with these two. It was the first time I had heard vocals as outrageous as these, and Otep was surely the heaviest thing I’d ever heard at that point. I thought that the classical influence in Cradle of Filth was unheard of in such a band, and the raw emotion of Otep was easy to hear and I sucked it up like a baby does breast milk at that age. View Full Article »
Take members of Between the Buried and Me, Cradle of Filth, and Fear Before (The March Of Flames), and what do you get? You get fucking ORBS.
Orbs is a prog rock supergroup of sorts, consisting of Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me (on guitar this time!), Adam Fisher and Clayton Holyoak of Fear Before the March of Flames on vocals and drums, respectively, Ashley Ellyllon, formerly of Abigail Williams and now of Cradle of Filth doing keys, and Chuck Johnson (of Nightbear) on bass.
The reason I bring up this group destined for awesome? They are releasing their first album, “Asleep Next to Science”, this year! And what’s better, they are offering two free songs, “A Man Of Science” and “Megaloblastic Madness”, on their official website. And you should check them out on MySpace, while you’re at it.
It’s about time, too! This stuff was in the works after Colors came out, if I recall correctly. According to Danny Briggs, more details are coming, and we’ll get back to you when they do.