Cradle Of Filth Reveal “Hammer Of The Witches” Cover Art

Cradle Of Filth have unveiled the artwork for their new album, Hammer Of The Witches. The effort will be released in July, via Nuclear Blast.

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The band posted the following on Facebook:

Cradle of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled “Hammer Of The Witches”.

CRADLE OF FILTH have been ensconced in creative purgatory for the last few weeks in Britain’s darkest rural Suffolk, busy finishing the recording of their album at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. It has been three years since the release of their previous album – the longest gap in the band’s history. And the wait is almost over.
»Hammer Of The Witches« the fruit of their diabolical endeavours is due for global release this July via Nuclear Blast.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative artwork;

“The artwork for »Hammer Of The Witches« was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty… and horror.”

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a “sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism”. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterized by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism.

Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts;

“In terms of mood, I was looking for the inspiration of this set in the spirit of Faustian romanticism, the ambivalent art of Renaissance that reanimated motives of pagan mythology after the Middle Ages, and of course, the darkly beautiful and charming spirit of Goetia traditions that is filled with the atmosphere of hermetical rituals. My personal conceptual leitmotif that inspires me, is a conflict between the free-thinking and totalitarianism, where the raw power always gains the upper hand over individualism. The act of art is a theurgical act that creates existence in the Platonic reality – reality of ideas. So, at least in this Platonic dimension let’s give the suppressed ones a chance to get their revenge. For me the Goat of Mendes on the cover symbolizes the scapegoat, who’s tired of his humiliating role and wants a payback. This character is an archetypical symbol of libido and other primordial forces and instinctive aspects of a human being. And these forces always have been a menace for those who want to reign over the others, like it’s schematically represented in George Orwell’s “1984”.”

Metallica Planning Special Shows In Quebec

Metallica have announced that they will be playing some special shows in Quebec City, QC. The band will be playing two concerts, with the first being the last ever event at the Colisee Pepsi and the second being the first ever event at the brand new Centre Vidéotron.

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The band issued the following statement:

“We’re excited to be heading back to Canada this Fall for what promises to be a very unique historical pair of shows as we have been invited to usher out the legendary Colisee Pepsi and welcome the brand new Centre Vidéotron all in a three day period! On September 14th, we’ll be taking the stage for the final event held at the long time mainstay Colisee Pepsi, the classic hockey arena that made its debut in 1949. Our first appearance there was in 1989 and since then we’ve played seven shows in the arena, including the two shows filmed for the Quebec Magnetic DVD release. Two days later on September 16th we’ll open the doors to the brand new Centre Vidéotron for the first event to ever be held there. How cool is that?!

Always one of our favorite places to visit, Quebec City also has a long history of being the home to some of the most rabid ‘Tallica fans anywhere. It only seems fitting that we share this special passing of the torch with you! Each show will be a completely different experience right down to where we set up the stage. Look for one night with the classic end stage, the other in the round, different set lists and even different opening bands . . . two totally different Met experiences in one 48 hour period!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 24th at noon local time. Fan Club members should log in for details about a pre-sale for them starting this Wednesday.”

Corey Taylor Says Slipknot Are Planning Another Knotfest & Stone Sour Are Working On More Covers EPs

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) has premiered the 79th episode of his podcast, “The Jasta Show.” This time it featured an interview with Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and during the interview, Taylor revealed that Slipknot has another Knotfest in the works. He also revealed that Stone Sour are planning to release two more covers EPs featuring songs from Mötley Crüe, Rage Against The Machine, Bad Brains and Violent Femmes. Check out the podcast below: