Metal veterans CRADLE OF FILTH bring blackened, blast-soaked romps to Michigan (June 3, 2022)

England’s finest black metal exports and masters of darkness and love Cradle of filth invaded Michigan last weekend, bringing with them a theater of horror stories steeped in their colossal onslaught of symphonic black metal.

Starting the night was a melodic act Frayle; bringing a compelling presentation full of slow, heavy riffs offset by the softer sound of ethereal vocals: truly a mesmerizing sight. Singer Gwen StrangThe dark, brooding crooning of added a witchy vibe to the music; his magnetic voice is one that would instantly give you goosebumps. Their stock in trade is a slower pace and darker than Cradle of dirt; and oddThe vocals complemented the atmospheric delivery of their dark glove-pounding sound, with the light show blending beautifully with the music. I never heard of Frayle before this show, but they will definitely be added to my list of bands to investigate further.

The headliner of the evening was the group that everyone was waiting for: Cradle of dirt promoting their new album “Existence is futile.” They went straight into business with “Existential Terror”; from the aforementioned recording, dialing the speed button to 11. After the song Dany took a brief break to thank those who arrived early for the VIP Meet and Greet, and then asked the crowd to open the mosh pit “as wide as Mexico.” Their set included several of their best-known metal anthems, including one of my favorites: “I am the thorn” from “Thornography” album. These guys are known for their take on goth horror that instantly scares you, but the crowd welcomed them with open arms as they shouted the lyrics right on stage. Dany‘s vocal range and ability to scream and growl is unlike any other singer I’ve seen, it’s truly a sight to behold.

The audience sang along with every word and didn’t stop for the duration of the set. Anabelle Iratn is the newest member of the band, but her stage presence has gelled in perfect synergy with her bandmates, you’d think she’s been playing with the band ever since. Cradle of dirtthe guitarists Richard Shaw and Marek Smerdaand bassist, Daniel Firth, entertained the crowd with their fun poses and energetic acting. In all, Cradle of dirt once again delivered their unique and stunning combination of raw power and terror-infused metal, in a night that their goth worshipers are sure to remember for a long time.


The Fate of the World on Our Shoulders (played on PA) / Existential Terror / Nocturnal Supremacy / Lilith Immaculate / I Am the Thorn / Crawling King Chaos / Nymphetamine (Fix) / A Gothic Romance (Red Roses for the Devil’s Whore) / How Many tears to feed a rose? / Scorched Earth Erotica / Us, Dark, Invincible / Portrait of the Dead Countess (Played over PA) / Lustmord and Wargasm (The Lick of Carnivorous Winds) / Necromantic Fantasies / Her Ghost in the Fog

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