Hello Dani, nice to talk to you again. How are you doing?
Fine, thank you. We are pretty busy at the moment, working at the symphonic album in the studio. We are busy with choirs and orchestration now, the release date is set for April 2012 now, that means we have to be ready in January. It is coming closer, isn't it? It will be a true relief when this prestigious work is done. We have been working on it for so long now, always interrupted by touring and even our other album 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'.
But we have a foretaste of it on the EP 'Evermore Darkly'. Can you tell about this song, called 'Summer Dying Fast'?
Last Summer we used it as outro during the gigs. On the EP you can hear the rough mix, as a kind of memory for the fans. It will be a bit different on the final album.
There are demo versions of three songs of 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa' on the EP, but to be honest I do not hear that much difference. What is the significance of this choice?
Well, we put them already at the special edition of 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa', but people kept asking for it when the special edition was out of print. That's why we put them on the EP. You can hear we do a proper preproduction hehe; as you mentioned the quality of the demo versions. To be honest, sometimes I like the demo versions better than the final mix. It still breathes and it is more organic.
Many fans will not like the remix of 'Forgive Me Father'. Why did you do this?
Just for fun. We asked Rob (Caggiano, guitarist Anthrax – Vera) to make something really different, even the rhythms are different. I know you hardly recognize the song, but that's the meaning of remixes; creating a completely different mood. But do not focus too much on that EP, it is the DVD that matters, with the documentary and the live gig at Graspop.
I agree, this DVD makes this thing worth buying. What are your memories on that gig at Graspop?
We were lucky to play in the darkness of the tent. It was a busy day, but I finally got to meet Tom G. Warrior and that was a great moment for me. It is a well organized festival and it was the end of a very busy week for us, with Hellfest and the Gods of Metal festival in Italy.
You put a lot of time and effort in the lyrics and concept of Cradle Of Filth. Don't you have any aspirations to become a novelist?
(laughs) I am working on that. I published the occult book 'The Gospel Of Filth: A Bible Of Decadence & Darkness'. Together with Gavin Baddeley I wrote an occult story and for a debut everything went well. Gavin took the lion's share of the writings, but he is the right man to do so. Soon I will publish some poetry, a collection I have written during the last six years. It should have been published three years ago, but I wanted some fine illustrations with it and that's only finished now. It is not so easy to find time for everything, in addition to Cradle I have my family and my twelve years old daughter.
What about your other band Temple Of The Black Moon?
Things are working out. We have finished preproduction of the songs and hope to release our debut album in 2012. It will be different from Cradle Of Filth, a kind of music for an evil film noir. The other members are Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, The Damned Things), King ov Hell (formerly of Gorgoroth and Ov Hell) and John Tempesta (formerly of White Zombie and now drumming with The Cult). We had a couple of other names before, but we decided to go for Temple Of The Black Moon. That's my priority besides Cradle Of Filth.
Can you tell about the orchestral album of Cradle Of Filth?
The title of that album is 'Midnight In The Labyrinth' and most likely we will shoot a video clip for one of the songs. We have only chosen songs from our first four albums; the rights on those are free again. I work together with Doug Cook again for my vocal arrangements, but these will be mainly narrative, now and then graced with some sound effects. It will be amazing when it is finished: grandness all over. We are all huge fans of soundtracks and you are going to hear that promptly on this record.
What are the plans for the near future?
We are busy writing our next regular album as well. Until now we have two and a half songs and I can assure you it will be great! When 'Midnight In The Labyrinth' comes out in April, we will enter the studio right away to record that next common album. We go for a release around Halloween 2012. That's still some time, that's why we released 'Evermore Darkly'. I think it is nice to have something on this Halloween for the fans. The album of Temple Of The Black Moon will be recorded before the next Cradle album and will hopefully be released in Summer. Next year will find us mainly in the studio, but a few festivals will be possible. We will play at Wacken, because it was cancelled for us this year. The next European tour will start after Halloween 2012. I hope we can arrange a package with Behemoth, since that was cancelled last time due to Nergal's illness.