"We are putting the finishing touches on an orchestral
album that we have been working on called Midnight and the
Labyrinth. It is basically tracks from our first four records but
just done as purely orchestral. It is like soundtrack music and it is
really cool." - Dani Filth.
Dani's Blog 14-11-2010
"The forthcoming COF orchestral album (entitled Midnight In The Labyrinth) I briefly mentioned sometime before, has been re-visited, with a studio date of December the 5th set for big choirs to be added to the haunting melee. All songs will be fully orchestrated akin to a horror movie soundtrack (think Danny Elfman, John Williams, Christopher Young etc) and are comprised solely of tracks from our first four releases ( a la Principle, Vempire, Dusk and Cruelty), 'Funeral In Carpathia' being my favourite conversion thus far."
- Lord Filth-formally Count Backwerdz.
The Gauntlet 15-10-2010: Will Midnight in the Labyrinth be done with a full orchestra or just the band?
Dani:It is a mixture. Most of it is recorded. We just need to add some choir and female vocals for narrations. It will be a mixture of us and a orchestral though. We are also going to add some cello. We need more cello in there for that deep resonating. We hope to finish it all off. It won't be every bodies cup of tea. We might have an exclusive bonus track on their with guns blazing and all. This won’t be elevator music though.
Paul: “It’s basically we’ve taken some songs off the first four albums and turned them into orchestral pieces,” he tells me. “No guitars, no drums, no vocals…nothing. Just pure orchestral stuff.” Two of the songs getting the orchestral treatment: Summer Dying Fast and Funeral in Carpathia.”
Were the songs on Midnight Labyrinth chosen because they translated more readily into orchestral versions? Or were they simply the band’s favorite tracks?
Paul:Well, they were mainly chosen because we liked ‘em and a lot of fans are really into those albums. And also it just kinda made sense to try and revive that type of thing but in orchestral [style]. Because we can’t go around and do another cover utilizing a full band so we decided to do orchestral versions of all them songs. And they worked really, really well; I’m really chuffed with them.
- TRACKLIST - Special Edition - 21-04-2012 -
1. A Gothic Romance (Red Roses For The Devil's Whore)
2. The Forest Whispers My Name
3. The Twisted Nails Of Faith
4. The Rape And Ruin Of Angels (Hosannas In Extremis)
5. Funeral In Carpathia
6. Summer Dying Fast
7. Thirteen Autumns And A Widow
8. Dusk And Her Embrace
9. Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
10. Goetia (Invoking The Unclean)
1. The Rape And Ruin Of Angels (Hosannas In Extremis)
2. Dusk And Her Embrace
3. Summer Dying Fast
4. The Twisted Nails Of Faith
5. Funeral In Carpathia
6. The Forest Whispers My Name
7. Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
8. A Gothic Romance (Red Roses For The Devil's Whore)
9. Thirteen Autumns And A Widow
"Ten songs make up this 78 minute meisterwerk including the addition of a thirteen minute exclusive aural séance (on CD1) indulging such COF classics as ‘Funeral In Carpathia’, ‘The Twisted Nails Of Faith’ and ‘Summer Dying Fast’, which has already been showcased on last year’s ‘Evermore Darkly’ EP to a more than rapturous audience response.
'Midnight in the Labyrinth' is available to coincide with Record Store Day on April 21st in participating countries, and sees a general release across other countries, as a strictly limited edition 2-disc set of delectable magic, with Disc 1 containing narrated nightmares courtesy of Dani Filth, plus additional vocals from Sarah Jezebel Deva, whilst Disc 2 contains purely orchestral and symphonic recordings."
Paul Allender "The instrumental album is purely orchestral and choir, same as a film score if you know what i mean. Vocal wise theres a bit of narration but no singing."
That would defeat the purpose of an orchestral/soundtrack-esque album completely, though.
As I said, his vocals are on the originals, this is an entirely different kettle of fish. Nobody wants them to essentially remake those songs ... right?
ADreamOfWolves said:yeah, it's gonna sound cool. and im excited, though i think it would be even better if dani added his vocals to the classics and amazing songs. so you got his voice, the classic songs, and then even add more orchestra and choirs into it. and you got yourself one amazing symphonic album of their best songs. but this should be cool as well..