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Cradle of Filth Annonunce New Album Existence is Futile, Stream First Single “Crawling King Chaos”

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Cradle of Filth have announced their unlucky-thirteenth full-length studio album. It will be called Existence is Futile, which is a really original name for a record.

The band has also released the first single from Existence is Futile, “Crawling King Chaos.” It’s a solid song, even if the band isn’t any breaking new ground here; I’m especially into the vertiginous, funhouse-run-amok section that starts are the 3:11 mark.

CoF fans will also no doubt be stoked to learn that Existence is Futile will reunite the band with actor Doug Bradley — best known for playing Pinhead in the Hellraiser movies. According to a press release, Bradley lends “his dulcet tones to the band’s most politically astute song to date, the epic ‘Suffer Our Dominion’ as well as the album bonus track ‘Sisters of the Mist,” which is the conclusion to the ‘Her Ghost in the Fog’ trilogy that started over 20 years ago on the infamous and classic Midian.”

Frontman Dani Filth comments:

“The album is about existentialism, existential dread and fear of the unknown. The concept wasn’t created by the pandemic. We’d written it long before that began, but the pandemic is the tip of the cotton-bud 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.”

Listen to “Crawling King Chaos” via the below music video, which was directed by Vicente Cordero.

Existence is Futile comes out October 22. It finds the band once again working with producer/engineer Scott Atkins (Amon Amarth, Vader, Sylosis, etc.).

The tracklist is as follows:

  1. “The Fate of the World on Our Shoulders”
  2. “Existential Terror”
  3. “Necromantic Fantasies”
  4. “Crawling King Chaos”
  5. “Here Comes a Candle… (Infernal Lullaby)”
  6. “Black Smoke Curling From the Lips of War”
  7. “Discourse Between a Man and His Soul”
  8. “The Dying of the Embers”
  9. “Ashen Mortality”
  10. “How Many Tears to Nurture a Rose?”
  11. “Suffer Our Dominion”
  12. “Us, Dark, Invincible”
  13. “Sisters of the Mist” (Bonus track)
  14. “Unleash the Hellion” (Bonus track)
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