Greece’s longstanding black/death band SEPTICFLESH have been announced as the official opener for the upcoming CRADLE OF FILTH and SATYRICON tour this January and February! The full North American tour rampages through the US and Canada from mid-January through the end of February.

Tour dates:
1/15/2009 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
1/16/2009 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
1/17/2009 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
1/18/2009 Capitol Theatre – Quebec City, QC
1/20/2009 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
1/21/2009 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
1/23/2009 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
1/24/2009 The Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
1/25/2009 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
1/26/2009 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
1/28/2009 The Gothic – Engelwood, CO
1/30/2009 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
1/31/2009 Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
2/02/2009 Commodore – Vancouver, BC
2/03/2009 Showbox Theatre – Seattle, WA
2/04/2009 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
2/10/2009 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
2/11/2009 Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
2/12/2009 The Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
2/13/2009 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
2/14/2009 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/16/2008 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
2/17/2009 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
2/18/2009 House of Blues – Houston, TX
2/20/2009 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/21/2009 The Club @ Firestone – Orlando, FL
2/22/2009 Club Cinema – Pompano Beach, FL
2/24/2008 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
2/25/2009 Norva Theatre – Norfolk, VA
2/26/2009 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
2/27/2009 Nokia Theatre Times Square – New York, NY
2/28/2009 The Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA

CRADLE OF FILTH Announce New Drummer

Following yesterday’s announcement of Adrian Erlandsson‘s departure from CRADLE OF FILTH, the band have wasted no time securing a new drummer in Marthus (a.k.a. Martin Å karoupka). Born in the Czech Republic, Marthus, who the band describe as “a fine gent who’s skills are second to none,” has previously played in GALACTIC INDUSTRY and INNER FEAR. Marthus will continue to play the rest of CRADLE OF FILTH‘s current European tour.

Drummer Adrian Erlandsson Quits CRADLE OF FILTH

Adrian Erlandsson has officially announced his departure from CRADLE OF FILTH after about seven years of service.  His announcement follows the recent release of CRADLE OF FILTH‘s latest album, Thornography, as well as his increased involvement with several new bands including NEMHAIN (which is fronted by Erlandsson‘s wife, fetish model Morrigan Hel; a.k.a. Amber England) and NEEDLEEYE.

The former AT THE GATES/THE HAUNTED drummer made the official announcement via his MySpace page:

“It’s finally official, i have parted ways with CRADLE OF FILTH. To concentrate on all other interesting musical projects that I have going at the moment.

“The main one is NEMHAIN. We have just filmed a video for the song called ‘Ana‘ so keep your eyes open for that. The music in NEMHAIN is very different to the other stuff that i have been in the past but it lies very close to bands that i grew up listening too like RAMONES, MOTORHEAD.

“The other band i am working with is currently unnamed. We have been working on songs since the beginning of this summer and believe me they CRUSH!!!!  The other members of the band will be made official very soon!! It is all serious players from across the globe that have left their mark on metal history in a big way with their past bands!!!  We are currently working on a demo and have nine CRUSHING songs to choose from so stay tuned!!!

“Metal as we know it today will be no more!!

“My official website is currently being redone and will be relaunced very soon!! In the meantime feel free to message me via myspace!!”

CRADLE OF FILTH – Thornography

While CRADLE OF FILTH stirs up a variety of opinions and accusations with the mere mention of their name, one can always count on them to continue forging ahead with reckless abandon regardless of criticisms and praise from the fanfare. Their newest release, Thornography, is written to be much more visceral than the previous release, Nymphetamine, but CRADLE OF FILTH put a different twist as always to their already twisted sound. Dani Filth experiments with some different vocal stylings such as more spoken word phrases, heavily processed vocals, and an attempt at cleaner singing in the same ball park as artists such as Anders Friden of IN FLAMES fame. The end result is a mixed bag. Credit should be given where credit is due for the band’s continuing attempt at evolving its sound, but such creative direction used on this album would have been better spent developing more complicated song structures and time signatures. Tracks such as “Tonight in Flames,” “The Byronic Man,” “The Foetus of a New Day Kicking,” and “Temptation” that actually employ the use of Dani‘s new vocalizations come off as trite commercialism instead of progressive songwriting. However, they do add catchy elements to the album. A number of tracks also make use of a rock and roll influence that, although simple in approach, contains guitar hooks that persist in your head long after listening to the album. Fans of post-Midian era CRADLE OF FILTH will also be pleased by the hard rocking tracks, “Dirge Inferno,” “Libertina Grimm,” “I am the Thorn,” “Under Huntress Moon,” and the instrumental track “Rise of the Pentagram.”

Ultimately, this album is superior to CRADLE OF FILTH‘s previous release, but some of the creative decisions behind the songwriting will fail to execute for long-time fans. (Universal / Roadrunner Records)