Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cradle of Filth: “Faster and Heavier” Album in the Works

Paul Allender, guitarist for the British extreme metal band, Cradle of Filth, recently issued the following statement:

"I'm about half way through writing the material [for the new Cradle of Filth album] and it's turning out just the way I wanted it. I've mentioned to a few people that it's a lot faster and heavier [than 2008's Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder]. Well, to be honest, the new material has been taken up quite a few gears."

Upon release, Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder entered the German Media Control chart at the 37th position. It sold just over 11,000 copies in the U.S., and debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Prior to Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder, Thornography sold roughly 13,000 copies in the U.S. during the first week released and entered the Billboard chart at No. 66. The success of Thornography paralleled that of its predecessor, Nymphetamine, which sold 14,000 during its initial release in October 2004.

Mainly a conceptual album, Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder was based on the fall from grace of the historical (albeit shadowy) figure named Gilles de Rais. De Rais, a wealthy French nobleman, was one of Joan of Arc’s brothers-in-arms. However, he is most recognized as an aspiring alchemist who moonlighted as a prayer-driven, prolific serial killer. His numerous criminal accusations include kidnapping, heresy, and demonology. To this day, some historians question de Rais’ guilt and speculate his being framed.

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