Darkness fell upon the USA, and Cradle of Filth showcased an amazing tour along with a new album release via Nuclear Blast Records titled Existence is Futile. As concerts resume, and the world pandemic started to diminish its wrath; metal bands are unleashing a maelstrom on stage. Cradle of Filth released Cruelty and The Beast in 1998, and this American tour was in support of this anniversary including a couple of new tracks off their new release, Existence is Futile. The band teamed up with ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader’s Once Human and diminished to dust venue after venue.
The local Bay Area blackened heavy metal outfit NITE was the opening act for this grand finale of Lustmord and Tourgasm. San Francisco was blown away by the heavy riffs and raw vocals delivered by NITE. The band meant business, they got on stage and sonically attacked the fans with blistering metal. Their sounds are reminiscing of the N.W.O.B.H.M., with a darker melodic metal. Their stage performance was compelling, and fans felt the music piercing their bodies song after song. The band is comprised of Van Labrakis (guitar/ vocals), Scott Hoffman (guitar), Avinash Mittur (bass) and Patrick Crawford (drums) their recent deal with Season of Mist has pushed the band even more to continue and deliver such powerful sound in the years to come. Their latest album titled Darkness Silence Mirror Flame is out now on bandcamp and stream go take a listen.
The coheadliner, Once Human ravaged the stage at the Regency Ballroom. Fronted by Australian vocalist Lauren Hart, Once Human are creating a tsunami everywhere they perform, and San Francisco felt their rage and energy. Spawned from the creative mind of Logan Mader, on 2014 Once Human is set the stage on fire at the Regency on October 22nd, 2021. The ensemble is packed with energy and Lauren’s vocals resonate across the Bay Area mimicking 1000 demons. The guitar work by both Logan Mader and Max Caron is impeccable and the face melting tones, and guitar licks are astounding. This band is like a serrated knife, they pierce on the way in and on the way out tear everything else apart, brutal and sharp. The set ended with Rob Flynn of Machine head joining the band on stage during the track “Davidian”, a phenomenal way to end the night and tour. Make sure to catch this band live on their future shows, you will regret nothing.
Cradle of Filth has released over ten studio albums, has encounter multiple lineup changes along the way, yet still captures fans worldwide and continues to deliver angry, ominous music. Dani Filth, the originator of this brutal act continues to excel in his performance both on stage and in the studio; this Lustmord and Tourgasm was no exception. With vivid energy, Dani Filth captured the fans at the San Francisco Regency Ballroom on their final show of the tour, October 26, 2021. The amazing vocals by Anabelle are captivating and raise the skin in the back of anyone’s neck. Daniel Firth on bass plays seamlessly and rages along band mates delivering that heavy tone Cradle of Filth demands. As the fans raged on this cold fall day in the Bay area Cradle of Filth delivered a performance to be remembered. A tremendous drum played from behind a glass barrier rendering the walls to tremble effortlessly, Martin ‘Martus’ Sakaroupka is a beast. Cradle of Filth is known for the melodies and aggressive guitar work, and Ashok and Richard Shaw delivered a mind-bending performance. Ashok, resembled Pinhead, from the horror movie “Hellraiser”, who for many songs in previous and recent records has bestows his narrative vocals. Doug ‘Pinhead’ Bradley. Their cohesiveness and eloquent guitar playing adds a touch of finesse to what is known as vulgar and malignant music to the commoner. Cradle of Filth has once more executed an achingly beautiful performance at the heart of San Francisco, a night many ghouls and fiends will recall as ominous and exhilarating. Cradle of Filth will be performing a Halloween special show at The Roadhouse London on October 31st make sure to get your tickets and experience the tales of Victorian eras told in a violent way.
By: Jose Barrientos
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