Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, the new album from Cradle Of Filth was released last month on the band’s own AbraCadaver imprint through Peaceville Records.
Part of the reason that the band decided to release the album through their own imprint was that they wanted to have more direct control over the artistic process. Dani has said that part of the reason for switching labels was the desire to be a ‘bigger fish in a smaller more creative pond and we’ve been able to choose who we want for booking press and stuff. We’ve got the best of both worlds really.’
This new found freedom has also allowed them to connect directly with their legions of devoted fans around the world and Dani has taken time out of the gruelling rehearsal schedule for their forthcoming South American tour to answer some of the questions that were sent in by fans to Peaceville last month. A video of him answering the first batch is now on the album’s mini-site and a second video will be added next week.
In addition the band have now decided to let the fans choose which track from the album they should next make a video for.
Dani explains ‘we are really happy with the way that the first video, for Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned), but couldn’t decide which track would best so we thought we’d let the fans decide as we trust their judgement totally...’
A poll has been set up on www.peaceville.com/cradleoffilth which lists all the tracks from the album. The final choice will be made at the end of this year with the new video being filmed in January.
Metal Hammer have described Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa as:
“Yet another sumptuous and spectacular eruption of gothic melodrama, perverted sonic schlock and balls-out extreme metal bombast… a dazzling and dastardly display of destructive devilry.”
And Rocksound have stated that the album has:
“a masterful control over the multi-faceted Cradle of Filth sound; brutal vocal gymnastics, skull-rattling double-kicks, symphonic flourishes, dramatic narrative and balls-out axe-slinging all make their presence known, but in a manner which routinely serves to bolster the coherency of the greater whole…this fucking slays.” 9/10