How overpopulation inspired Cradle of Filth’s new album
Dani Filth knows what you’re thinking, but he insists on the title of Cradle of Filth’s new album, Existence is futile, is not as dark as it looks.
“It makes any religion obsolete, this statement,” said the leader. “Because if there isn’t – and I’m not saying there is or not – but if there is no super plan afterwards, no master plan or golden ticket in the end, or Peter at the gates, et cetera, et cetera, whatever, and it’s a happy accident, that in all the billions of stars we have managed to create life and do all the things that we let’s do, and we’re here, and it’s a happy accident, so it’s to be kissed and cherished and nurtured. But I think the record also dictates in its own way that it has to be respectful. You know, c It’s fine to go out and crash and burn, but you don’t want to take everyone with you. “
And then, because Filth also knows how this rings, he adds: “Why am I so nice? It’s weird!”
Their first studio album since 2017 Cryptoriana – The Seduction of Decay and 13th overall, Existence is futile exudes the classic energy of Cradle of Filth, full of razor sharp guitar riffs, symphonic flourishes, gothic horror influences and, of course, the 10,000 volt screams of Filth. The English sextet completed the album last year, just as the coronavirus pandemic was sweeping the world. They’re back on the road now, playing their classic 1998 concept album Cruelty and the beast in full, and they will promote Existence is futile with a new batch of tour dates in early 2022.
âIt’s going to be a co-title – I can’t tell you who with, but it’s going to be a big tour,â Filth promises. “It’s hoping that there isn’t another lockdown or some weird variation that comes out of nowhere.”
Ahead of the October 22 release of Existence is futile, Filth spoke to Loudwire about the return of Cradle of Filth on stage and the making of their new existential album.
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How does it feel to hit the road again?
It’s strange. It took me a hangover to get used to it. I didn’t drink at all, but yesterday we were in New Orleans on a day off, and it was our tour manager’s birthday, and then one thing led to another. .. and then today i feel really normal even though i have a hangover. I feel like I belong on the road, as the last three days [I] adjusted, you know? At the end of the tour, you say to yourself, âHow could I live in a house? “At the start of a tour, it’s like,” How could I live on a bus? Like the virus, it “mutates and survives.”
When did you start to write Existence is futile?
While we were on the road. There’s been a lot of time between albums and of course we’ve had a pandemic in the meantime as well. But we’ve been on the road for about three years. â¦ So it was quite a long time between recordings, so we naturally started writing. We finished it shortly after our return from tour. We finished the tour on November 1, 2019 and we were in the studio, luckily, recording drums in February 2020. Because our drummer is from the Czech Republic, as is our guitarist, and we couldn’t bring our second guitarist, Ashok, [for about] five months, because obviously confinement has occurred. There was no flight between countries or anything. So naturally, it’s always good to have the drums first. I mean, my timing is good, it’s not flawless. So if it had been just me and everyone had to follow my [lead], that would have been something.
It’s kind of premonitory timing that you wrote and recorded this album in late 2019 and early 2020, just before the world fell apart.
Everyone asks, “Is this about the pandemic?” And it’s like, no, actually, it’s been written before. The world went to shit a long time ago. This is just a small red flag in the bigger picture. I know a lot of people have died, and it literally brought the world to its knees financially, but hopefully it will be a wake-up call. But it was not written for the pandemic. It was actually inspired by spending three years on the road and visiting those huge, sprawling metropolises – or metropolises, if that’s the correct term – around the world, and just thinking, âYou know. what ? I have a feeling that something is going to happen soon. Yes there is a pandemic [happening], but more serious than that. Like we’re heading to Armageddon or trying to sort out our problems. And you know, maybe the world leaders and the WHO – not the WHO, the group, the World Health Organization – are keeping their promises, and we’re actually looking at the issues the world is facing and let’s settle.
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What are some of the specific cases or things that you observed that you thought you needed to write about when creating this album?
It wasn’t necessarily about writing about these things. It was a catalyst to get Cradle some more kicking and screaming in [the modern day]. â¦ But when it comes to direct influence, I would just say overpopulation. I mean, it was a wake-up call when I was in Mexico, and I stood in a square, and there [were] so many people, and I just thought, “How does the planet support all these people?” Not just here. I was also in India that year, in Russia, and it just seemed to me … I know of course you are not going to put us in a field in Virginia, where there is no one. We will obviously play concerts in the big cities, but there was always that atmosphere. I just felt like this particular day was also very stuffy. And I felt very claustrophobic, like all the air was being sucked out of my lungs by other people. â¦ Existentialism is probably the main theme, and we have tried to fold it into many forms on the record.
I feel like things have gotten so big and messy and chaotic for so long, and it was inevitable that if things continued in that direction, at some point a bubble had to burst.
Yeah, I felt like we had been held back. This is the impression I had. And we were really lucky. I mean, it could’ve been a zombie apocalypse. It could be an airborne virus.
You certainly used to shock people and do exaggerated things. Do you think this is still something you need to do, or want to do, at this point in your career?
Well, that was never our game plan. It was just like, sometimes you get out of bed on the wrong side of the proverbial grave. And it was just an integral part of our instincts, I guess. Obviously, the “Jesus [is a cunt]âThe shirt is always a problem. It will always be a problem, I guess. But no, I wouldn’t say that we’re a shock rock band at all. I mean, we just do things, and people do. ‘offend every now and then, so we have to do it right.
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