Metal Wani Editor in Chief Owais Vitek Nabi had a chat with keyboardist and backing vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft of British extreme metal giants Cradle Of Filth.
She discusses the band’s European tour, fan response, the new album Hammer Of The Witches, why band leader Dani Filth rocks, her opinion on Dani’s attitude, songwriting, lyrical approach, musical direction, upcoming North American tour and much more.
Cradle Of Filth, will return to North America in 2016 with the Inquisitional Torture tour. Joining them will be Ne Obliviscaris and Butcher Babies as support. Tickets are now available on Ticketmaster.
26 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of The Living Arts
27 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
28 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
29 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
31 – Charlotte, NC – Filmore Charlotte
1 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven
2 – Orlando, FL – Venue 578
3 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
9 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
10 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
11 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
12 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
14 – Eaglewood, CO – Gothic Theater
15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
17 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
18 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
20 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
21 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
23 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
29 – Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
1 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
2 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
3 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
5 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
6 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater
7 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
8 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Cradle Of Filth’s latest album, Hammer Of The Witches, was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. The album’s title is named after the Malleus Maleficarum, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributory: It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches’ hands and it’s payback time.
Unquestionably one of the greatest and most influential British metal bands of all time, Cradle Of Filth have cast a commanding and macabre shadow across the metal scene for nearly a quarter of a century. Armed with their trademark, cross-pollinated assault that taps into myriad strands of sonic extremity and morbid opulence they have steadily conquered the entire world, unleashing a malevolent slew of classic albums along the way. From the raw and rambunctious savagery of their 1994 debut The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh to the wickedly monstrous, technicolor bombast of 2012’s The Manticore & Other Horrors, the Cradle ethos and aesthetic has had a huge impact on the evolution of metal, the band’s insatiable appetite for performing live and frontman Dani Filth’s unerring charisma and sense of occasion ensuring that they have established a powerful and enduring connection with Hell-bound acolytes everywhere.