Cradle Of Filth Announce Comic Book Anthology Series “Maledictus Athenaeum”

Cradle Of Filth have teamed up with Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment for a new comic book anthology series titled “Maledictus Athenaeum.” The series will be released through a new music-focused imprint called Opus.

Here’s a description of the series [via Blabbermouth]

“In the ruined halls of the Maledictus Athenaeum lie occult histories, sealed records, and cursed artifacts. This unholy archive explores the far corners of Cradle Of Filth’s musical legacy, a vast universe of Ageless Vampires, Mythical Creatures and Vengeful Gods. The Countess, The Huntress, Lilith, The Manticore, and many more, will be revisited in stories from an all-star roster of comics talent from the pages of Heavy Metal magazine and beyond.

“Maledictus Athenaeum” begins as a five-issue series. The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 2500 copies at $16.66, and available to order from this location. The first issue is available to order now and ships May 2021.”

Dani Filth commented:

“Cradle Of Filth’s collaboration with Incendium for the forthcoming comic series and action figures provides an incredible opportunity for fans to indulge and explore the mythologies and murk at the heart of the band’s lyrical compositions. As an avid collector of horror figures for decades now — citing the enclosing walls and shelves of my home crammed with toys and memorabilia as an example — I was only too eager to embrace this emphatic union with a company that is as excited about bringing our brand of lascivious gothic darkness to glorious undeath as we are.”

Incendium CEO Llexi Leon added:

“Dani has created such a rich mythology across Cradle Of Filth’s discography and we’re thrilled to explore those dark fantasy worlds with our ‘Maledictus Athenaeum’ anthology, an ever-growing gothic library that’s sure enthral readers with an irresistible blend of horror, romance, mystery, and mayhem — featuring incredible visuals to inspire all manner of toys and collectibles across our lines.”

The first wave of the toys they mentioned include action figures based on Dani Filth and the Succubus from the cover art for the band’s 2001 album “Bitter Suites To Succubi.” Those are available HERE and will ship in June 2021. Filth had the following to say about the figures:

“To begin with are figures of ‘yours ghoulie’ Dani Filth resplendent in my onstage battle outfit; accompanied to war by the cruel, domineering Succubus from the ‘Bitter Suites To Succubi’ album cover art, who is explored further in the first of many comic book adaptations to be unleashed in ‘Maledictus Athenaeum’. Both figures come delivered with classic action figure aplomb, whilst the comic book art is both visceral and evocative and is totally stunning. Naturally we cannot wait for fans and collectors alike to get their claws on these unique, exquisite treasures and given the depth of Cradle Of Filth’s extensive discography and with a wealth of dark occultisms to draw upon — having tackled the morbid and sordid tales of Elizabeth Bathory, Gilles de Rais, Lucifer and Lilith as full-blown concept albums already — our collaboration with Incendium promises to be a marriage forged in Hell that prospers for aeons…”

Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth To Appear In Upcoming Horror Film “Baphomet”

Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth is set to appear in the upcoming horror film “Baphomet.” The movie, which was directed by Matthan Harris, will be released on June 8 and it will find Filth playing an occultist expert named “Lon Carlson.” Here’s an official synopsis for the film:

“The Richardson family celebrates their 28-year-old daughter’s pregnancy in Northern California. The celebration is interrupted when a Satanic cult member, Aksel Brandr, pays them an unexpected visit. Aksel, on behalf of the cult’s leader Henrik Brandr, offers to pay the family a large sum for ownership of their land. Jacob Richardson, the father, rejects the offer due to the priceless sentimental value of their home. Henrik and his cult, displeased, begin to put devastating curses on the Richardsons, trying to force them off their land – even if it means murdering them. After suffering unexplainable tragedies, the Richardsons seek help from Marybeth, a white witch high priestess. They soon discover a terrible secret about their home, revealing why it is so valuable to the cult. They realize they must protect their property from the cult at all costs, and a violent battle between good and evil ensues.”

Cradle Of Filth Reveal New Album Title

Cradle Of Filth have confirmed that their new album will be titled “Existence Is Futile.“ The effort was recorded with producer Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studio in Suffolk, UK and it will feature cover art from Arthur Berzinsh. The record will also be the group’s first to feature their new keyboardist/vocalist, who has yet to be revealed. Dani Filth commented:

“The stunning new album is everything you can expect from the many shades of black that go to discolor a Cradle Of Filth release and far, far, worse.”

Dani Filth Says Cradle Of Filth’s New Album Will Contain “Massive Choruses And Melancholic Drop-Downs”

Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth has taken to social media to reflect on 2020 and discuss the band’s plans for next year. Among the topics mentioned was the group’s new album, which the frontman says will feature “massive choruses and melancholic drop-downs.”

Here’s Filth’s full message:

“Greeting fellow Filthlings…

It has, without question, been a very strange year, but one not without interest.

In fact, I have to selfishly say that I have really enjoyed it despite the isolation and lack of live touring; it at least contributed to what may be our best album of current years, if not all time.

That being said, many sincere condolences for those who’ve had to suffer with COVID either by becoming infected and ill, or those who have lost loved ones.

So, there was absolutely no pressure to turn the album in, in fact there really was nothing better to do than indulge our creative juices and thus a huge swathe of the year was spent in the sultry depths of the Suffolk countryside polishing and perfecting our latest musical excretion.

It’s an absolute killer of an album (if you forgive my self-flattery), with an immense production courtesy of Scott Atkins and Grindstone studios once again and I’d like to be able to describe it to you but there is so much bubbling intently in this album… Fast and slow parts (and faster still), new delectable flavours and those reminiscent of earlier COF albums galore, massive choruses and melancholic drop-downs, old skool melodic NWOBM amid furious, scathing black metal amid apocalyptic groove and we as a band can’t wait for everyone to hear it…. And more importantly, experience our birthed monster live.

Of course the postponed Cradle of Filth livestream is happening in February and that promises to rival the production we put into our fabled London Palladium show of last year, so there’s still plenty of time to purchase online tickets if you want to see Cradle as big and as soon as possible, complete with our as yet-undisclosed new keyboardist/backing singer, who has waited patiently in the wings for over a year without due merit. I must add that her contribution to the new album has been exceptional, as has the rest of the band’s.

So what else does the new year have for Cradle of Filth I hear you ponder?

Well, aside from the new album and livestream, we are working on getting our Pale Countess pale ale produced in different territories as soon as possible; tours are now being booked for the third and fourth quarters of the year (with a slew of amazing touring partners); our custom Cradle guitars (both Vempire and Midian models) courtesy of Vorona Instruments are now well into production; lots of exciting new announcements are also to be set in motion in and around the launch and lastly, our Pitch Black North tea, VE cosmetics make-up pallets, Electric Bear Brewing beer, Corpsepaint soap, Drop Dead clothing collaboration and my VShout video shoutouts are all still available, albeit in dwindling quantities for the limited items.

So, thanks once again to our loyal and expectant fans, the Crewdle Of Filth (who’ve had a wholly uneventful working year), our management team at Oracle, all our professional associates near and far and the friends we’ve gathered along the way but haven’t been able to meet due to the spread of this f**king pandemic… Salutations! We can’t wait to crawl back out on the road and see you again; Fans, bands, friends and fiends alike, countries, venues, staff, tourbus drivers, that washing machine in Prattein…

Lastly, thank you Laura Woodley for her continuing online finesse and to New Rock and Blackcraft Clothing for their ongoing swaddling.

Exciting times indeed! Unless this is the actual Apocalypse.

So may you find peace this holiday season and remember to cherish the things clutched deep to your vampire hearts.

And here’s to a better, more productive year in 2021!

Stay FILTHy!

Dani Filth, The Year Ov The Plague 2020 eh.

All links to brands mentioned above can be found at www.cradleoffilth.com – 2020 Year in Review.”

Dani Filth On New Cradle Of Filth Record: “This Album Is About Existential Terror”

During a recent interview with Metal Injection, Dani Filth discussed the new Cradle Of Filth album. According to him, the effort will be about “existential terror.”

Filth said the following about the new record:

“Well, we were actually just at the beginning of the mix. At the moment, the engineer is just doing the the exciting tasks of drum edits and making sure everything’s on the right level and everything’s in the right pockets. It’s very hard to say how this album is, but it’s fantastic. It’s probably the best album we’ve written. We’ve had the opportunity to really dig deep into it and work hard on the tracks, and, if necessary, rewrite parts, which we have done. I certainly have rewritten parts and have no qualms about [producer] Scott [Atkins] saying this just isn’t good enough compared to all the other songs on the record. But I would say it’s not very different from ‘Cryptoriana’. It’s not as intricately laced. That album spoke of the times it was trying to assimilate and represent. This album is about existential terror. The threat of everything. The end of the world, the end of one’s life, existential dread. A little hope, I guess in there. It’s a Cradle Of Filth record. The songs are strong. They’re extreme, but it’s a mixture of everything.”

He also added the following about working with Atkins again:

“It’s very comfortable recording with him. You know, he’s very free and easy with how he talks to me. There’s no pandering; we’re good friends and we can talk to each other how we want. His studio is not far from where I live. It’s in the countryside, so during lockdown, I was able to travel to and from the studio. We had less hours to work. We had nothing more that we could do. There was no pubs that we could saddle off to over lunch time — it was just work, work, work. And it was nice, relaxed and, fortunately, lockdown in England’s been okay, because we’ve had some fantastic weather this year. Should the second round [of COVID-19] happen in the winter? I think it’s going to hit us a lot harder than it did the first time. But you need to look for the silver lining in the clouds and all that. It’s been a pretty shitty year other than that for the fact that nobody can do anything. We should have been on tour now in the States and that’s been put back. Now it’s looking like it’s going to happen next September, just to be safe.”

Cradle Of Filth Postpone Upcoming Livestream Concert

Cradle Of Filth have been forced to postpone their October 30 virtual concert at St. Mary’s Church in Colchester, UK. The performance will now take place on February 20, 2021 with tickets available HERE. The band commented:

“Hi Everyone. Due to the ongoing covid crisis and the uncertainty of travel, we unfortunately need to move the date of our livestream event. With band members residing outside of and throughout the UK there was a real chance of quarantine or travel issues. The new show date is Feb 20th, all tickets remain valid and everyone who bought one is automatically entered in to win a custom Cradle of Filth Midian guitar worth over $2,000. Sorry for any inconvenience, the show will be an epic event not to be missed!”

Dani Filth On Upcoming Cradle Of Filth Album: “It’s Definitely Going To Have A Unique Sound To It”

Cradle Of Filth recently finished their new album and frontman Dani Filth discussed the effort during an interview with Knotfest.com. According to him, the record is “going to have a unique sound to it.”

Filth said the following:

“We’ve literally just finished recording an album, which we’ve had quite a long time to do, to be honest. We were very fortunate that Martin [‘Marthus’ Škaroupka] came in to do drums just before lockdown, and since then, everyone’s just been chipping in in bits. I’ve had the longest, as I live close to the studio, but it means we’ve been able to revisit songs, amend things, try loads of different ideas. We’ve probably gone over-budget, but we don’t really care about that as it’s going to be the best-sounding record we’ve ever done, and probably the best-written record.

It’s been quite relaxing oddly being able to take our time with it without that pressure of deadlines, but it does mean with everyone doing things in parts as we were able, we’ve not all been together since the last show, and haven’t been with our new keyboard player as well who contributed to the album but hasn’t yet played a show.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“It’s going somewhere entirely different from the previous records. It’s not going into space yet, but it’s different. I hate describing our albums because I get tongue-tied about them. There is a bit of experimentation in there. It’s heavier, faster, slower in parts. It’s definitely going to have a unique sound to it where we purposefully took that on board, aiming for a more natural live sound that’s more spacious. Like I said, we had that extra time to work on the record given to us this year… before all the leeway was taken back again.”

Cradle Of Filth Announce October Livestream Concert

Cradle Of Filth will be celebrating Halloween with a virtual concert on October 30. The show will stream live from St. Mary’s Church in Colchester, UK and tickets for it can be purchased HERE.

Dani Filth commented:

“As a band Cradle Of Filth are over-the-moon to be performing again and in such an iconic location close to Dani‘s home county of Suffolk here in England.

It will be a celebration of not only Halloween and all it’s ghoulish accoutrements, but also of the new Cradle album being completed, a process that helped neutralise the banality of the lockdown, gifting the band with a deadline-free (and thus stress-free) studio session.

And thus helping make the new album the best the band have written, period.

And now, almost a year on from the infamous London Palladium show, Cradle Of Filth are back in (horror) business and planning to raise the roof and rafters of St Mary’s Church with a set so undeniably wicked, that the dead in the nearby cemetery may well join the band onstage for a song or two!

So, grab your tickets online now; this is going to be a vicious, delicious, certainly mal-nutritious performance showcasing the band’s new keyboardist and backing singer, as well as a slew of graveyard hits both past, present and possibly future.

In short, October 30th 2020 with Cradle Of Filth is going to be the ultimate Nightmare before Halloween!

You have been warned!”

There’s A Line Of Corpse Painted Soaps Inspired By Mayhem, King Diamond, Cradle Of Filth, Etc.

An Etsy shop called CorpsePaintSoaps are selling a line of various soaps featuring corpse paint. The products, which are inspired by Mayhem, Abbath, King Diamond, Cradle Of Filth, Ghost, and more, can be found HERE.

[via MetalSucks]

Cradle Of Filth Release Their Own Teas

Cradle Of Filth have released two new teas called “Dark Blood” and “Sweetest Maleficia.” U.S. fans can get the beverages HERE, while UK fans can get them HERE.

The group commented:

“If anything this weird space of time known as ‘lockdown’ has taught us, is that literally everything can be mollified with a really good cup of tea.⁣ And having been provided with some fine tasting Satanic TEAs for the recording of the latest Cradle of Filth album (already on the boil and ready to pour later this year) from production company Pitch Black North, an idea was TEAsed into our collective skulls that a collaboration should be afoot.

And thus it was.⁣ Two TEAs. ⁣One for the uplift, one for the wind-down.⁣

Both based on Cradle of Filth songs, these expertly crafted beverages are not only bursting with maleficent flavour, but they also swim abrim with genuine witchcraft, having been brewed under all the right stars.⁣

So, put the heavy kettle on, put some Heavy Metal on and start conversing with your inner TEAmons.⁣ Pitch Black North presents DARK BLOOD and SWEETEST MALEFICIA.⁣

Steeped in Filth.⁣⁣”