Hugh of ThrashHits.com conducted an interview with guitarist Paul Allender of British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH prior to the band's performance at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 14-16, 2009 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Watch the seven-minute chat below.
As previously reported, CRADLE OF FILTH was forced to cut its set short at the Bloodstock Open Air festival after Allender was hit by an object thrown by a member of the audience, resulting in Paul being unable to finish the performance and requiring medical attention. The Bloodstock organizers issued a statement expressing their disappointment "that one selfish ticketholder soured an amazing day and a stunning performance by the closing headliners."
CRADLE OF FILTH's new album, "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 37. The CD sold a little over 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" is the follow-up to "Thornography", which shifted nearly 13,000 copies in the U.S. the first week out to enter The Billboard chart at No. 66. This was roughly in line with the performance of its predecessor, "Nymphetamine", which premiered with almost 14,000 copies back in October 2004.
"Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder" is conceptual and is based on the well-documented, true-life fall from grace of a shadowy historical figure named Gilles de Rais, a wealthy French nobleman who was one of Joan of Arc's brothers-in-arms. He was best known, however, as a prolific serial killer who mixed prayers with his nightly murders as well as an aspiring alchemist. He was accused of a panoply of crimes, among them heresy, demonology and kidnapping. There's even an extreme fringe sect of historians who question de Rais' true status, with some convinced he was framed.