10 Questions with Paul Allender of Cradle of Filth
By Natalie Perez
Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender says their latest release, 2012's The Manticore and Other Horrors (released October 30 on Nuclear Blast Records), is nothing like its predecessor, 2010's Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa.
"This album has gone back to what we were doing before Dusk... And Her Embrace," Allender says. "The groove, aggression, etc. on this new album is awesome; the band has finally got its balls back!"
Here are Revolver's 10 questions with Allender. For more about the band, check out their Facebook page.
01. You guys now have 10 albums under your belts. What runs through your mind when you consider that?
The only thing that goes through my mind when I think about how many albums we have done is, "Bloody hell, I'm old!" [laughs]
02. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album? How does it compare to your last release?
It's nothing like our last release. This album has gone back to what we were doing before Dusk... And Her Embrace.
03. Did the band have any definitive goals before the recording process began for this album?
Yes. We didn't want to do another album that sounded like the last few. It had to be different, refreshing and exciting.
04. Did you use any new new instrumentation on this album?
On this album, we have more ventured in the realm of synths and not so much of the typical orchestration that the world and its wife is doing nowadays. Some believe we created the symphonic sound back in the day, so that's even more of a reason to divert away from it and try to come to come up with something more fresh for the band from now on.
05. When did you start writing for this album?
It took about seven months to write with a couple of weeks at the end to make sure everything flows properly, etc., before going into the studio. Once in the studio, it took about five weeks to record all the music.
06. It sounds like you guys went back and rediscovered some of you old ways when recording this album. Why is that?
Yes we did, something different needed to happen for this album because we really couldn't release another album like the last couple. If we had kept going the way we were going then we would have come up with an album just the same as the last one.
07. What are your expectations for the album?
I hope people get into this and can understand where we are coming from. The new album is cool as fuck, and we are getting a really very good reception from this.
08. How does it feel to be a part of the Nuclear Blast family?
Amazing. It's a great feeling to be on such a cool label.
09. What are your upcoming plans for the future?
Well, for the rest of 2012, we're touring. Right now, I'm in the dressing room in Sweden. This tour finishes December 19 in London. Around February or March, we will be in the US and then onto South America, so were going to be pretty busy gigging, which will take us up to around August time.
10. Is there anything else you want to add?
Yes. Thanks a million to all our fans for their support, because if it wasn't for you guys, we wouldn't be able to do this. See you on the road!
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