On March 31, 2018 Cradle of Filth stomped through Austin, TX at Come and Take It Live. This was my second time seeing them live and I was lucky enough to photograph this show as well. Not only that, but I made sure I did the meet and greet to shake hands and take a photo with mastermind Dani Filth as well as all of CoF. Cradle of Filth has paved the way for black metal in the mainstream, whether intentional or not, and gained legendary status. Going on almost 3 decades is no small feat; but even time fears the beast that is Cradle of Filth.
Pulling up to venue early, fans were already standing in line 3 hours before door time. Dedication to say the least. You could easily spot fans wearing Cradle of Filth shirts, or sporting corpse paint. Say what you will, but metal heads are some of the nicest people out there. While standing in line, everyone makes new friends and share stories of the last time they saw CoF. Something unique to the metal scene indeed.
This was my first time at this venue, which was a nice refreshing change given that there was a second level to watch from and look down upon the chaos that was imminent.
Lights out, fog filled the stage and venue. One by one, all the members of CoF came out, took their place and began the slaughter which started with the bludgeoning song Gilded Cunt. This set the pace for the slaughter to ensue. Heads banging, with hair whirling in all directions, and mosh pits opening portals to another dimension, CoF is unstoppable. The band ran through old and new songs. Guitarist Ashok and Shaw are a dynamic duo full of razor blade precision, Firth's doom slaying bass notes, Skaroupka's thundering drums, and Schoolcrafts keys and demonic hypnotic voice give Dani Filth a platform to growl and bring forth stories of torture and the darkness of humanity. With an hour and half set; the fans were left hungry for more, but also worn out by the nonstop force of Cradle of Filth. Leaving the venue, no one was left disappointed. What an epic night!
Cradle of Filth has a couple of weeks left in the states; here are the dates:
April 13 - Joliet, Ill. @ The Forge
April 14 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Music Hall Minneapolis
April 16 - Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall
April 17 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Rockwell at the Complex
April 19 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Belasco Theater
April 20 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren
April 21 - San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues
April 22 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore