Cradle Of Filth Interview: with Paul Allender

Cradle of Filth are an extreme metal band from Suffolk, England, formed in 1991. They have been embraced and disowned with equal fervour by various metal communities, and their particular subgenre has provoked a great deal of discussion. Having released already 8 studio albums from the start of their musical career Cradle of Filth have made themselves highly known all around the world touring non-stop getting noticed as much as possible while also enjoying the ride along with it. I had a phone interview with the guitarist Paul Allender of the band and he was happy to do the interview with me and we discussed about the band their newest album and what future holds for them within the upcoming months....

1. Happy new Year and how's the New Year treating you?

Paul: It's been very well, and it's been good, its all gone very well indeed just touring, very well the response for the new album has been going very well and just been amazing and great overall.

2. How's the response been so far for "Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder,"?

Paul: It's been great, we all feel that the new album I think it is an album that is going in the right direction the concept to the end we wanted to top it off and we did, it well.

3. What was it like working with the vocalist of H.I.M.?

Paul: I didn't have a chance to meet him myself, but yeah he's put some cool stuff down on the album. Not really the type of music I'm into myself.

4. Did it bring back memories of your previous tour back in 2006 when you had The 69 Eyes with you? Since The 69 Eyes and H.I.M. are so much alike. Any possibility of having those two acts join you on a tour?

Paul: It did a little bit, I'm not really into H.I.M. at all, but yeah The 69 Eyes are good friends of ours and that tour went really well and yes the music is very similar. No probably we are all doing much harder stuff now.

5. Are you excited about Friday the 13th arriving?

Paul: How was it? It was great, we played. It went extremely well good night for us.

6. How does it feel to be playing at the Henry Fonda just like you did in 2006?

Paul: It was good, we look forward to going back to venues we've already played and then be able to play there again.again,and again and again. It was pretty cool, so it comes down to booking us there but the Henry Fonda is great.

7. What was your first concert you attended as a fan?

Paul: I was 12 years old and it was a band called Spider they were like an English band, I bought their single and then got to see the band live and then ever seen the band live and was completely, completely blown away it was amazing.

8. Was there ever a certain song or album that inspired you to want to go out and perform music?

Paul: Yes there was and it was a very good album indeed and the songs mean a lot to me and the reason I started playing guitar it was amazing very,very cool indeed.

9. What CD is playing in your version of hell and heaven?
Paul: In what version of hell and heaven? I really love the band Heaven and Hell and the covers they've done of Black Sabbath and I absolutely just love that album.

10. Have any favorite websites? Or does MySpace drive you insane as it is.

Paul: No I don't use MySpace at all I have a Facebook, the Cradle Of Filth website it looks great and I check out this website called Inked, and I think it's pretty cool.

11. How do you compare yourself's now to when you first started out having gone through line-up changes etc.

Paul: We figured out the industry is really like and had a great time while doing it, we've worked with the people and become friends with them and everything been a lot of fun.

12. What does the future hold for Cradle Of Filth?

Paul: Lots, and lots and lots, we're going to go record a new album, I've gotten some cool ideas already, and then go tour and go to Austria for two weeks and then at the end of the year come back to the states. It should be great once we get back to the states. We like playing the states and Mexico a lot its great.

13. Thanks for doing the interview sorry I couldn't make it out there tonight is there anything else you'd like to say?

Paul: Thank you, if there are any other questions or any other interviews you'd like just hit me up an email and I'll be happy to help you. Thanks a lot for doing it for us.

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