Cradle Of Filth is meticulously crafting the successor to their 2021 album “Existence Is Futile,” but the anticipation for the new release might need to be tempered with patience. In an insightful interview with Pełna Kulturka, Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth opened up about the reasons behind the delay in bringing forth the upcoming record.
Filth explained, “Well, strangely enough, I begin my vocals tomorrow. We started back in July, but we’ve been so busy. We’ve done loads of summer festivals, and we had our annual break for holidays for everybody. Then we did a couple of weeks. So we’ve done all the music. Then I was away for 12 weeks on recording in L.A. Cradle was playing in South America, and then we did a full American tour, co-headlining with DevilDriver, the second part of that. Then I did a couple of more weeks in the studio, getting some ideas down, getting everything ready to sing. And then the producer had a baby. So we haven’t actually been back since November.”
Despite these challenges, Filth remains optimistic about the timeline, stating, “And then obviously we’re only gonna be doing a couple of weeks ’cause then we go out on the road. So the album’s gonna take a bit longer than usual because we’re doing a lot of touring as well. But we’re hoping to release it by the end of the year. It’s gonna be a big record for us. [I’m] very excited about it.”
Discussing the creative process, Filth shared, “At the moment it’s in the development stage, so we’re being very creative. I’m staying at home. I just got back from France last week where I was visiting with my girlfriend for New Year’s. And now I’m just alone in my fortress of solitude at home getting all creative and getting all prepared for the album and the tour.”
In a surprising revelation, Filth touched upon the highly anticipated collaboration with pop sensation Ed Sheeran. Contrary to initial plans for a standalone charity single, Ed Sheeran will feature as a guest on a song within the new album. Filth described the track, saying, “It sounds like Ed Sheeran, it sounds like Cradle Of Filth. There’s a blast beat in it. I think it’s gonna surprise a lot of people, the album. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the album is commercial.”
Emphasizing the album’s heaviness, Filth expressed, “It’s a very heavy record. We just upped the game as a band. We moved one step further toward the future from our previous record. We see everything as an evolution, everything as an evolutionary step, and everything as a necessary link in the chain. And this album’s gonna be an important record for us — our first for Napalm Records, if you discount, obviously, the live record.”
As for the release schedule, Filth teased, “But, yeah, we’re very much looking forward to this year. And there’s no rush. We’ve got plenty of shows. But expect the first single probably about September, October time.” The meticulous attention to detail and the unexpected collaboration with Ed Sheeran promise an album that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of Cradle Of Filth fans.