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Cradle of Filth

Cradle of Filth

With Wednesday 13 and Raven Black, Thursday, March 14, Pub Station Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25 in advance and $28 at the door.

We live in increasingly dark times and it is the duty of the most inspirational musicians to create a soundtrack that provides both escapism and a jolting dose of real world grit. For the last quarter of a century, Cradle of Filth have assumed the role of dark metal diarists, exploring the amorphous horrors that lurk in humanity’s shadows and reveling in the opulence of mortal sin across centuries powered by bleak romance and a lust for the sensually grotesque.

Formed in England in 1991, Cradle of Filth generated an immediate underground buzz with their early demos, before stamping their authority on the UK’s burgeoning black and death metal underground with their debut album, “The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh” in 1994. A monstrous blend of ornamental terror and pummeling vitriol, it marked the band out as a unique proposition and one of few modern bands capable of driving heavy music forward while honoring its traditions.

Not surprisingly, a combination of front man Dani Filth’s evocative lyrics and the intensely detailed and the compelling imagery that the band harnessed with great skill have since ensured that Cradle’s music has both endured and expanded over the best part of three decades.

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