Cradle Of Filth tour diary number 2
Ahoy ye abhorrent landlubbers!
Our royal Ship of Fools has once again crashed upon the welcome rocks of America, only to find it in the steely grip of one of the worst winters on record. Everywhere are freezing, once-scorching desert towns reduced to frozen tundras. Even the tumbleweed in the streets is rolling frozen, and everywhere there are queues and chaos. On our first day off Countess Alkaline (our new keyboardist/backing singer), somehow managed to get locked inside a Bestbuy store when the the power was suddenly cut off, and between Houston and Dallas the going on the interstate was so bad due to the ice and blizzard, that the traffic had to halt mid flow. In fact, the Dallas show was close to being cancelled due to attendance fears, indeed on arrival the whole road to the venue was frozen over with a glassy sheet of black ice. I had to use my luggage as a makeshift bobsleigh just to get to the door before it was salted! That said it did make for a surreal few days with both the Houston and Dallas shows being really intense affairs and the fans diehard. All the bands on this 'Creatures From The Black Abyss' tour are awesome live too, Turisas, battle metal's most heathen, having played with us for a one off in Mexico City a few days before, airing material from their latest album'; Daniel Lioneye make for an eclectic mix of black metal and hardcore with a manic spin (two members moonlighting from gothwampas HIM), whilst main supports Nachtmystium are hook laden and dirty and occult
ridden thrash through and through. So imagine having to play after that lot! Still, the show has only just begun, so people are just beginning to acknowledge one another and teething troubles are still being plucked at. And 'the Crewdle' (our stalwart band of sea-hardened lackeys) are outdoing themselves with the handling of the stage show each and every night, building the laboratory that will feed the monsters. Indeed, the first day in Houston saw the band muck in with some scenery painting, I myself managed to pebble-dash someone's Mustang tailgate, as the wind was pretty erratic and I was out spraying Geoff and Jane our touring skeletons.
Unfortunately, both some of the Crew(dle) and the band have contracted some sort of stomach virus in Mexico (myself included), rendering the topic of conversation these past few days to who has cramps and who doesn't, who has poo-ed the most times and with which consistency and people fart-testing their deepest fear- that of shitting oneself on stage or in bed. Fortunately myself I have since been three days solid.
And the crowds. They have been truly awesome and despite lower attendances due to the bad weather, the response has been pretty emphatic to say the least. Plus we've been undertaking meet and greets with fans before the
show, and afterwards to people who are hardcore enough to wait for us outside to hit the showers and the toilet three times in swift succession! Just waiting for Paul to finish doing whatever he gets up to in the showers warrants some kind of supernatural power!
Anyhoo, last but not least for this post, I thought I'd list my top ten albums of last year as i've just noticed in my junk folder that I was supposed to submit at least three to various magazines shortly before Christmas. Oh well, here they are at last, all worthy of a purchase
Ghost -Opus Eponymous
Deathspell Omega -Paracletus
Bad Religion - The Dissent Of Man
Triptykon -Eparistera Daimones
Melechesh -The Epigenesis
Katatonia -Night Is The New Day
Nachtmystium -Addicts: Black Meddle Part II
Black Swan -Sound track (Clint Mansell)
Eastern Front -Blood On Snow
Until next our stars are crossed,
Agios Os Lilithu....
Dani Filth xxx
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