Cradle Of Filth continue to shine on a career that’s spanned four decades now, and it shows in their fantastic new single and video for “Necromantic Fantasies”. Featuring a dark gothic vibe to it, the band continues to hype up their upcoming album Existence Is Futile, their staggering 13th (!!!) full-length release. While the band entered a somewhat fallow period (according to much of their fanbase) after 2004, their last couple albums have been a return to form, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can continue the hot streak.
Dani Filth had this to say of the latest video to enter the CRADLE catalogue:
“This is a very different video from its predecessor, sporting more of a narrative amid leaning back toward a dark Victorian gothic vibe, showcasing the second of many unique tracks on this, our 13th album.
It’s very cinematic, much like ‘Crawling King Chaos,’ but walking a much more ‘dark fairytale’ path. The director Vicente has done such an amazing job bringing the storyline together with the band and the incredible sets. It looks gorgeous. And the song is pretty good too!”
“The album is about existentialism, existential dread and fear of the unknown,” frontman Dani Filth explains. “The concept wasn’t created by the pandemic. We’d written it long before that began and it is really but the tip of the mountain as far as the way the world is headed, you know? I guess the title, ‘Existence Is Futile,’ does sound a little morbid. But again, it’s more about recognizing that truth and saying that everything is permitted because nothing really matters, which mimics the occultist Aleister Crowley’s maxim. We all know we’re going to die, so we might as well indulge life while we possess it. The final track on the album – ‘Us, Dark, Invincible’ – really drives that point home. Also, the artwork for this record was created by the Latvian visionary Arthur Berzinsh, who also dressed the last two albums, and that reeks of the exceedingly beautiful yet apocalyptic too.”