Cradle of Filth
Interview with Stuart
Cradle of Filth consists of a sextet of musicians who play a unique blend of black metal, gothic influences and symphonic passages. Their level of fame has risen ever since they released their first album, The Principles of Evil Made Flesh, to a point where this English group is actually able to come to the United States to play. Here is my interview with their guitarist Stuart
Enslain: Ok, here is what you must be really looking forward to...generic trivial questions about your band.
Enslain: How has your new one, Cruelty and the Beast, done so far in sales?
Stuart: It seems to be doing really well, I don't have any numbers though.
Enslain: Has it been doing better than Dusk?
Stuart: Yes, its been selling way faster than Dusk.
Enslain: I've noticed that there are a lot of Cradle fans here in the states.
Stuart: Its very cool. We've been getting a lot of correspondence from fans in the states and we've done a bunch of interviews here in New York and met a lot of the people here.
Enslain: For the Cruelty and the Beast recordings, did you try to capture a different sound or record at a different place? I've noticed how it is different from Dusk.
Stuart: We didn't have as good a producer as we did on Dusk, is the truth.
Enslain: The drums are sort of muted...
Stuart: Yeah, this guy was not as good as he should have been when we employed him.
Enslain: What sort of guitar setup do you use on the record?
Stuart: A 5150 amp with B.C. Rich guitars, I play straight into the amp live as much as I can.
Enslain: What guitarists do you admire?
Stuart: Both of the Iron Maiden guitarists and the Judas Priest guitarist, just about any really good twin guitar attack I loved while I was growing up.
Enslain: Are there any non-musicians you admire?
Stuart: Yeah, obviously, I read a lot, there is Lovecraft and a few others, also Howard Marx.
Enslain: Were you in any bands before Cradle?
Stuart: Yes, I was in a power thrash sort of band, I was the leader and had to organize everything which is partially why I quit since I wanted to go somewhere that someone else was the leader.
Enslain: So it was sort of retro-thrash?
Stuart: No, well, actually yeah, we were influenced by Destruction, Kreator, Sodom and those kind of things.
Enslain: What do you consider Cradle to be? I once heard a quote from the band that you were not really blackmetal, but Goth Metal with blackened parts.
Stuart: Well, we are really just metal with a lot of different influences.
Enslain: It definitely isn't the same sort of metal that say, Megadeth is. (chuckles)
Stuart: Megadeth isn't metal, not anymore. I saw Dave Mustaine wearing a pink sweater backstage at a couple festival gigs we had, that's not metal at all.
Enslain: Are you ever surprised by how fast you've risen? Do you ever walk down the street and see a kid wearing a COF shirt and go "wow, that's me"?
Stuart: A lot of people ask me that, but nah, we don't tend to dwell on how much money we have or how many records are sold. For the shirt thing, yeah it is cool when you see someone wearing your shirt. It freaks me out sometimes, people will walk by and stare and it will be like "What the fuck are you staring at, oh, yeah the T-shirt" ya know?
Enslain: What contemporary bands do you like in the blackmetal field?
Stuart: Oh there are a lot of bands, I love the new Marduk record. There is also Thy Serpent from Sweden, Arcanes Son, from Dublin, they are really underground and have a new LP coming out. There is also Thine and Bal-Sagoth from the north of England.
Enslain: How glad are you that Princess Diana died?
Stuart: I don't really give a fuck either way. They should all die since her death canceled a horror show I was going to see that night.