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‘Illegal Downloading Is Absolutely Choking The Music Industry’

Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige.se recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dani “Filth” Davey of British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

RockSverige.se: Do you look at the new album [“Hammer Of The Witches“] as your finest effort so far?

Dani: Uhhhmmm… That’s a little hard to say. We never come out of the studio unless we are a hundred percent happy. We’re really proud of this one. Whether it’s our finest album? Well, at least for the last ten years, I would say. That seems to be the premise and the opinion of the journalists I’ve spoken to. I went to France and Germany last week and did a bunch of [press] and it was a good vibe. Whether it’s our best overall, I don’t know. It needs to sink in and people need to hear the album with the special-edition tracks as well. Those particular songs didn’t even know they were gonna be special-edition songs. The track list wasn’t carved in stone ’till close to the end of the mix, actually. It was a band thing and we had to have two songs as bonus material and everybody had good points about all of them, but two didn’t make the grade. But somebody might prefer one or both of the songs. Unfortunately, it’s the way it is. We actually turned down three songs that were written for the album. We made a conscious decision not to spread ourselves too thinly. One of the tracks was one of my favorites, but that just proves there’s democracy in this band. Everybody contributed, and that’s testament to that the album is killer.

RockSverige.se: How would you compare CRADLE OF FILTH today to when the band started out? A huge difference or kinda the same?

Dani: The feeling and the passion is still there. Obviously, we’re a lot older and probably a little bit more jaded, since you’ve been through the highs and the lows in the music industry. We’ve got the social media and all the bullshit that goes with that. It’s a good thing, but it’s a double-edged sword. Illegal downloading is absolutely choking the music industry and you can see how it’s coming to a head. I sort of fear for the music industry in general because of what’s happening. And the film industry is getting out of control. I don’t know… The music industry seems to be fair game. But the atmosphere and the vibe is still here with CRADLE OF FILTH and it’s evolving, I guess. When you were young, you saved at least enough money for an album and you were checking things out, going, “Oh, that guy’s got a POSSESSED t-shirt!” and that was the magic of it. Today you can download a thousand albums in a matter of days and never listen to them, so…

(Read more at Blabbermouth)

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