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CRADLE OF FILTH’s Dani Filth Comments On Tour Cancellations In New Blog

CRADLE OF FILTH singer Dani Filth has issued the following blog update:

“The week we were due to receive our US performance visas truly was one of the worst weeks of my life, as it launched itself blazing into nightmare with the rotten news that the US tour was being cancelled. Believe you me, there is still no one more pissed off about this than me, over nothing more than a silly visa issue. Still, what can you do, the more you complain about the immigration laws, the less likely we are to get in next time we intend to tour?

Unfortunately there is no way of getting around this problem, whatever anybody says and believe you me we have tried vigorously through various official channels and at some expense, it is just a hard cold fact of entry into the US at the moment. So, better that we postpone/cancel than lead people on any further in the hope that Cradle will be making at least some of these current dates, including Canada, which comes cost-wise part and parcel of touring North America as a whole.

It truly is a royal nightmare, as the tour obviously took a lengthy time to route and organise, plus there are the other bands, booking agents, bus companies, local promoters, venues, venue staff and of course, our loyal fans in attendance to consider. Still, if it’s any consolation at all, it does mean that there is a distinct possibility that when the visas are eventually processed, we will be able to come back to the States on a much longer tour, seeing as there was a huge amount of people on our Facebook page complaining about the band not playing anywhere near where they lived. Believe me when I say this, we hear you, and the next tour will take all these requests into ardent consideration. So, if you want Cradle to come to your country, town or city, make your sepulchral voice heard now… Fuck it, speak to the local promoters if you have to!

And if this wasn’t enough misery to unhappily digest, it was then followed by a horrid bout of flu. I had Pharyngitis, Toni had Laryngitis and the rest of the week was spent in the company of a high temperature, headache, earache, limb ache, all-else ache and a raging sore throat combination pack. On Valentine’s Day, that most romantic evening of the year, having cancelled our posh dinner and movie date, we were both rolled in as many layers of clothing as was humanly possible to keep warm in bed. And we were still shivering through fever. Now, nigh on two weeks on and the final dregs of the chest infection that came with it are still airing themselves via a hacking great cough and a sinister, snivelling cold.

Anyway, I’d like to end this section of my blog by offering a massive apology to everybody that has been let down by this cancellation…”

Read more here.

A Double-SkullBanger Music Review: The Infernal Sea CD: Call of the Augur

Music Review: The Infernal Sea

CD: Call of the Augur

Label: Indie

Available: Now

Call of the Augur cover art

Ok I had to call in back up on this review.  Since this is a Black Metal band and I have never been a big fan I wanted to make sure I gave these guys a fair shake.  So I decided to have a review by me, a outsider, to give a viewpoint from that perspective and a review from Finn buddy Juuso who is a fan of the genre and more informed about it than I am.  And boy am I glad I got Juuso’s input.  After reading Juuso’s review I can tell I’m WAY off in my knowledge of Black Metal or just have a way different taste in what I expect or like. So without further ado read on for the double review.

First we’ll start with Juuso’s review:

Brittish band The Infernal Sea fuses together black and death metal to create a fresh and brutal assault on the genre. This is what the band delivers. What my ears hear is that there are elements from both genres, but this isn’t anything fresh.  Brutal, that’s what it is.

One of the first things to mention is nice cover art. This would be one of the albums I’d take along with me from the record store, if I was deciding to buy records just by genre and album cover. Next thing to praise is the music itself. The Infernal Sea makes their music in possibly the simpliest way possible; guitar, bass, drums and vocals. No keyboards or synths. This is also the way I love black metal the most.

The songs are fast, brutal and evil. The overall sound on the record is kept simple and rough, which I myself find a good point. It adds a little something to the brutality. Perhaps the best part of the music is the vocals. Two different styles that go very well together and both sound rough. The band has done an excellent job by putting together both black and death metal. You can hear the influence of both genres, but there isn’t too much contrast between the two.

I don’t know too many British bands, especially black metal bands, but I must say The Infernal Sea has really caught my attention. Their simple way of making sounds and songs brutal is something truely enjoyable. I can somehow hear small pieces of influences from a bands like Enslaved and Gorgoroth, maybe even Cradle Of Filth.

This album could have been a little bit longer though. It has seven tracks, with five of them being actual songs. One of the albums highlights has been saved to the very end; the short ritual mantra singing at the end of the last track gives me chills.

 GRADE: 4/5

Now we have my review:

Again I will preface this review with the same disclaimer I did with the Cultes Des Ghoules review.  I have never been a giant fan of the Black Metal genre even though I found elements of the genre intriguing.  Such elements as the themes of the songs which touch on ancient gods, devil worship, spells, warlocks and the imagery from the middle ages.  All are things that are very appealing to me for song subjects.  Also the atmosphere Black Metal bands strive to create I think has merit…if they can successfully create it.  However what always turned me off from this form of extreme music was the constant blast beats of drums, the constant shredding of one or two musical notes over and over and the vocals.

Now I know all the above turn offs I mentioned are also the stables of what makes Black Metal, well Black Metal.  If a band didn’t include them then they wouldn’t be in the Black Metal scene for very long and the long dead gods they are supposed to represent would rise from the depths and consume them for their fakery.

So here I am presented with another chance to review a Black Metal release by the UK group The Infernal Sea.  I’m still wanting to broaden my musical tastes as a reviewer much as possible and am still waiting for that one Black Metal Act to convert me over.  So what did we get with the ‘Call of the Augur’ album?

Well surprisingly for me I found several things I liked about this album though I can’t say I am a new convert ready to put on the corpse paint either.  So let’s begin!!

What I found I liked about this album first was that even though we have songs full of the things that always kept me from getting into Black Metal, the album and songs are produced in a way that doesn’t make me just want to turn off the album.  I found the production here was actually well done, an unusual trend for a Black Metal band, since most in this genre opt to make their sound as under produced and “poor” as possible.  I found the songs actually arranged fairly well with breaks in the constant blast beats and one note riffs to hear the talent of Jonathan Egmore on guitars that helped add some depth and leads on some tracks with even a few slow interludes.  Also, we get to hear the excellent talents of The Infernal Sea drummer James Burke, when he isn’t trying to hit the drums faster than light speed.  I was really impressed when I could hear him display his drumming ability in different parts of several songs.

Also what helped keep me listening was the fact all but the last song was reasonable length with only one hitting over the 5 minute mark.  Even the last song that clocks in over 14 minutes, is filled with a lot of ambient sound effects and atmospheric ocean sounds and ships.

Which leads me to this question.  Did I like any of the songs on The Infernal Sea’s, “Call of the Augur”?  Well actually yes I did.  I found I enjoyed ‘Condemned to Psychosis’ …well at least the parts that showcased some nice guitar and drum work.  Also, I think the atmospheric elements of ‘The Gathering’ and ‘Ritual Incantation’ were interesting and like certain parts of Cultes Des Ghoules’ latest effort could fit nice into a bleak and sinister horror film about cultists and dark gods of the unknown.

I can’t say I have been converted yet to Black Metal but I can say if someone asked me about a Black Metal and to check out I could easily recommend The Infernal Sea’s debut album “Call of the Augur”.  Even a non-believer like me can hear the talent that lies within these musicians even though I can’t understand it.

Side Note: Again I will say what I stated in the Cultes Des Ghoules review.  Normally I would give a number review but I don’t think I am educated enough in this genre for that alone to be a fair critique of this band.   The fact I’m not a fan of this genre a number review would be purely from my personal taste for Black Metal, since that would be all I would have to draw from, and that wouldn’t be entirely fair to the band or the fans of the genre.

CRADLE OF FILTH Forced To Cancel US Tour

UK black metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have been forced to cancel their upcoming US tour.

A statement reads as follows:

“Cradle Of Filth are really sorry to tell all of their fans that their US tour 28 Days Closer To Hell is going to have to be cancelled, due to US immigration issues beyond the band’s control. They have been desperately trying to solve these problems, but it has become evident they are not going to be resolved in time for the band to embark on a tour that starts next week. The band sincerely apologise to all their fans and to the other acts on the tour and want to assure people they have made every effort possible to go ahead with the tour.”

Affected dates include:

February
22 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
23 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
24 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of Living Arts
27 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
28 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues

March
1 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
3 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
4 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
6 – W. Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
7 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
8 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
9 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
10 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
12 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
14 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
16 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre:
19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave:
20 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
21 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
22 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
23 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall
25 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
26 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre