Cradle of Filth - Storm Before and After the Calm Part II
By: Mike Sloan
Dusk and Her Embrace-era Cradle, blood and all...
Blistering.com: Over the years there has been an increasing number of media members and, obviously, the chat room keyboard warriors who complain that Cradle of Filth aren’t what they used to be, they should go back to their roots, they suck now, they sold out, etc. When you read this stuff, what goes through your head?
Filth: Well, I hear this from a lot of people who weren’t even born, or even a glint in the milkman’s eye, when our first record came out. It makes me laugh when they say these things. And when people talk about the “glory days,” well, when these things happened they weren’t the glory days at all. They were more “struggle days” [laughs loudly] you know? It’s about perspective, really, and people will just move along and find albums that they are reticent about and they’ll eventually become these “glory” albums So it all comes down to point of view or perspective where people will go gung-ho about albums and the whole, “I’m a record collector!” or “I’m a fan of this band so I know and I only listen to the old stuff because I’m a true fan!” You know, that kind of rubbish where people alienate a certain period in order to be cool. It used to annoy me but it doesn’t annoy me so much anymore because it’s not that I’ve given up about caring; I’ve simple given up caring about negativity.
Blistering.com: Considering what Cradle of Filth has done over the years and what the band’s history means to metal, how satisfied are you? With the notoriety, the success, the tours, the accolades and whatever money you’ve made, are you fully satisfied overall with your entire career?
Filth: Yeah, I think so. I mean, there’s some little things I’d like to do or achieve but it’s not really that essential because [the history] could have gone another way, really. Had we started our band in today’s climate where the scene is a bit over-saturated, there really isn’t the money in this industry to say, “Yes this is a good career move.” But I think we have been lucky for all that has happened but we have worked very hard for it. I think it balances the equilibrium. Yeah, I’m satisfied. I mean, things could always be better but it’s better to look at the bottle as half full than the bottle is half empty.
Blistering.com: These last ten questions are coming at you rapid fire and you have to answer them with the first thing that pops in your head. Answers can be as long or short as you wish, but you have to answer with what first comes to mind.
Blistering.com: The best Cradle of Filth album is…?
Filth: The new one. It’s always the new one!
Blistering.com: The song that you and the rest of the band are sick of playing live is…?
Filth: “From the Cradle to Enslave.”
Blistering.com: Side question: If you’re sick of playing it, why do you still play it?
Filth: Well, we’re not all sick of it, but it’s the one that we don’t need to rehearse.
Blistering.com: Back to the quick hits. The most overrated band in the history of music is…?
Blistering.com: If you can hook up with one hot celebrity chick with your wife’s permission, who would it be?
Filth: Scarlett Johansson.
Blistering.com: Better metal throughout history: Europe or the United States?
Filth: [groans during thought] That’s a hard one. I can’t answer that because there’s two schools of thought and two different answers. I grew with as much European music as I did American music so I’m going to play it safe and stay on a little island in the middle of the Atlantic.
Blistering.com: The best place to play your concerts: Massive outdoor fields for festivals, huge indoor arenas or small clubs?
Filth: It depends on where. Oh, if I had to choose I’d probably choose theatres. Not stadiums and not small clubs. I’m sort of a sucker for that sort of style of venue. You know; one of those old, really cool, sort of grand theatres.
Blistering.com: If you could collaborate with one band or musician, dead or alive, throughout history for one song or one full album, who would it be?
Filth: [thinks for a while] Rack Bananov? I don’t know, I just made that up [laughs]. I don’t know… I’d have to be someone huge like Bach. Sebastian Bach. Not Sebastian Bach [laughs] not that one; the good one. The good Sebastian Bach or Mozart. No – Diamanda Galas. That’s it. Diamanda Galas.
Blistering.com: When was the last time you’ve been in a fist fight? Not just messing around while drinking, but an actual fight?
Filth: In the summer.
Blistering.com: This past summer? What happened?
Filth: It was with a French security guard who misinterpreted my overzealousness. I had just come offstage and there was some mis-identity and they were a bit rough. I eventually wound up in the hospital because I was actually attacked by four guards before anybody could get to me. I wasn’t hurt overly bad but I had to go for a brain scan and I had to stay overnight. It was in France, which meant I had to fly home separately.
Blistering.com: The best band ever from the UK is…? Filth: Iron Maiden.
Blistering.com: Last one: The city or country with the hottest women is…?
Filth: I would probably say somewhere like Brisbane or Sydney. Somewhere there in Australia for sure.