Friday, November 25, 2005
  The world just got dumber.
Extracted from Roadrunner's Blabbermouth:

Rock music that sucked a young man into a world of devil worship and drug use is being mounted as a defence in his trial for murdering his teenaged cousin.

Though two men, 21-year-old Osei Lazare and 28-year-old Marcus Daniel, are charged with the death of 16-year-old Suzette Gibson, the focus of the first day of the trial immediately shifted to Daniel yesterday when the claim was made by his lawyer, Pamela Elder SC.

Several witnesses admitted to her that her client- who was Gibson's cousin- regularly listened to heavy metal music, that his bedroom was decorated with skeletons and that he drank heavily.

Daniel's music collection and tattoos came under scrutiny.

One witness said Daniel listened to artists such as shock rockers Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and grunge metal bands such as Slipknot and Anthrax.

He also had the tattoo of an upside down cross on one arm- which Elder called the symbol of the Antichrist.

Daniel's friend, Riaz Ali told the jury: "I recall the lyrics of one song. It went 'Devil man, devil man, you got in my head, devil man, devil man... right in my heart"."

Ali said he saw Daniel with a cut on his hand on the night Gibson disappeared and Daniel told him he got the wound from playing "knife games" with "those guys from Westmoorings".

Justice Herbert Volney is presiding over the trial in the Port of Spain First Criminal Court.

State attorney Alexander Prince is prosecuting, while Owen Hinds Jr is appearing with Elder for Daniel and Israel Khan SC and Dawn Mohan represent Lazare.

Gibson's father, Alvin Gibson, is a police constable and lived at Calvary Hill, Covigne Road, Diego Martin.

He worked at the Port of Spain Traffic and Highways branch in January 2002 when his daughter was killed.

He said he came home around 7 p.m. on January 23, 2002 and left in search of her around 11 p.m. that night when the Form Two student of the Mucurapo Junior Secondary School did not return from dance class.

He said he went to Daniel's home at Brunton Avenue, Diego Martin, and met him there with Lazare, and asked for Daniel's car to go look for Suzette.

He said he noticed the cut on Daniel's hand, and Daniel told him he got it during an argument with an unknown man by a phone booth that afternoon.

Damn those gullible so-called metalheads and wannabes.

Also from blabbermouth:

CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth has offered the following studio update via the band's official web site:

"Dear loyal readership, friends and would-be English metal journalists,
The time has come once again to update your good selves on the activities and nocturnal emissions of the band as we approach our fourth week here at The Chapel studios in the pounding verdant heart of Lincolnshire.

"Well, firstly, before I continue with matters of the band, my girlfriend of fourteen years, Toni, and I were married on Hallowe'en in our hometown of Ipswich with a few close friends and our daughter Luna present. My mother, having left for India that very same day, obviously couldn't be there, so we felt it best that our vastly extended families should be told about it after the fact and in the better interests of sibling harmony. The day itself was supplemented with copious amounts of champagne, a posh lunch and a three-hour limo ride to a pre-planned Hallowe'en party that carried on right through to the next day somewhere in the bonfire-lit depths of Norfolk. Our celebrations will then have to abate until the 28th (which is Toni's birthday and fortuitously also the last date of the studio before the tour) and then until we get to our house in India for the Xmas break (I'd like to see Santa get down that fucking chimney!). So that's that, we're officially Mr and Mrs Filth until death do us prat, sorry, part.

"Right, back onto the bloody album then.

"Thus far the drums have been recorded, along with the bass, for the entirety of the record and are sounding great, although a small problem did arise at one point when Adrian [Erlandsson, drums] noticed that he'd been recording with a cracked cymbal. This was no small problem to correct as it meant having to re-record several tracks again, but record them he did and probably more to his and our satisfaction. Vocals are well underway by a few weeks and are going well despite having to slot them around drum editing, but at least they're underway. Our first mission was to finish our version of SAMHAIN's 'Hallowe'en II' for the forthcoming 'Underworld 2' soundtrack, a song that originally was to feature original vocalist Glenn Danzig way back on the 'Nymphetamine' session but fortunately stayed its ground unfinished. It may surprise a few people to know that this song is probably the first CRADLE song to feature clean vocals from myself, albeit just the chorus parts, but don't expect an emo ballad by any means, this is still a C.O.F. rendition after all!

"Other news is that a local plebian small town journalist looking to further his mundane existence chose to try and pursue a story about our studio being a hotbed of drugs and vice recently, which, despite the odd wife coming up for the weekends, is hardly that, well certainly not outside of the bedroom. Since last time I wrote, matters on the drugs front diminished immediately after it was revealed that the studio owner runs a totally dry ship when it comes to anything other than booze and even makes people stand outside for cigarettes, which as you can imagine doesn't go down too well with certain binge-skagging members at all. But in order to keep things on an even keel, people have kept to the rules albeit with some hardship, especially when Miss Moss popped in to say hello on her way back from working abroad last week, without the plum. Bless her.

"Live-wise the forthcoming tour British tour is being rehearsed for in-between sessions and our replacement keyboardist Rosie is filling in Martin's shoes with aplomb. Most dates are heading for sell-out, the first warm-up show in Colchester having gone at the back end of last week, with London, Manchester and possibly Glasgow going in the very near future. So grab your tickets soon folks, they're going fast and furiously. Honest!

"There definitely is an air of trepidation building in the studio as the tour creeps up on the band, everybody being eager to flip the coin onto the other side in regards to getting out there and fucking things up live (as opposed to fucking things up in the studio and flipping each other the finger!). The sudden, radical change in surroundings should certainly get the adrenaline pumping, especially with a new stage show and set list at hand and playing places that we've never ventured to up until now, like Newcastle, Southampton and Cardiff.

"Of the other two covers, there is news. We have decided to undertake the following tracks.... 'Stay' by SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER, which will be see Liv Kristine again sharing vocal duties and 'Temptation' by Eighties new wavers HEAVEN 17, which will also see Harry (formerly of 'DIRTY HARRY') guest. These songs were chosen mainly for their challenge rather than their gay icon status and the need to tackle other more predictable cover versions... these things breaking up the studio session like a breath of foetid air when they're attacked with a certain flair of creativity. Well, that's the band fucked then!

"As for the rest of the album it is hard to say how songs like 'Libertina Grimm', 'Tonight In Flames' or 'Cemetery And Sundown' will fan out, this being the culmination of the first studio session, with only the bare bones in place at the moment. On our eventual return, with more vocals being addressed and the guitars underway, we should start seeing the light behind the darkness and the songs finally rising into some distinguishable, though rancid life.

"As for other things, the food is still impeccable and the weather freezing, the pub down the road still being our only real vice (we won the pub quiz there last weekend though... ) bar a few visits mid-mornings to local towns for random shopping trips. Rob [Caggiano] the producer is slowly recovering from his illness, i think the parasite has snaked out of his arse and slipped along the corridor to someone else's room much like a scene from the first 'Alien' movie. He still is unable to drink alcohol at the moment though, a sorry state of affairs that finds him clawing at the woodwork like a rabid hamster when the booze is broken out and the moon risen full.

"There have been the usual strange happenings here in true C.O.F. fashion, as in possessions disappearing for days on end and some more freak guitar stuff happening (yes, the bass cab caught on fire once again!) but for the most of it the gremlins have let us be. Engineer Dan Turner (aka 'Hot Lips', 'Nun Trader' and 'Dan Syndrome') has yet to complete his studio challenge this time around, which involves donning a builder's hard hat, tight leather hot pants, shaving his legs, wearing an over-stretched skinny girl's C.O.F. shirt and then proceeding to ask the builders working on studio three whether they have any cracks that desperately need filling. So a shovel through his head then it is for the next DVD!

"Incidentally the current DVD, 'Peace Through Superior Firepower', is now in stores and the track from the live show, 'From The Cradle To Enslave', is hitting the airwaves to coincide in time with its release. A small film crew is coming out on these British dates with us in order to capture the event for a possible forthcoming documentary and there is also the possibility of teaming up with the porn director Michael Ninn and everybody's favourite troublemaker Bam 'The Patron Saint Of Finnish Metal' Magera. A live set from the British tour will also be recorded for one side of a forthcoming double live album entitled 'Trouble And Their Double Lives', which should see the light of day at some point late next year. Be varned!

"So much for a quiet time around the studio then. Hope this keeps you up to date for the time being, another slowgress report should reach you by the Xmas period, if not we're either dead or just sitting around hoping to be..."

Alright Dear Dani, sometimes you write too much for one's reading pleasure. This is long and exhaustive post indeed. Yeah, Peace Through Superior Firepower comes next week at Inokii, I'm definitely getting it. Hail Cradle of Filth!

- Heading back to the pit that spawned me,
Ling aka CoFW.
Monday, November 21, 2005
  Finally some news from Cradle Camp.
After much wait, Count Filth finally decides to pick up his pen and click his heels together three times six and update us on the latest news of Cradle of Filth. Greato!

So here's it:
Studio update by Dani Filth

Dear all,

Excuse the following exercise in bad grammar, doctrinal expletives and general< buffoonery but i am writing this report from 'The Chapel' studios here in deepest, darkest rural Lincolnshire following a night out at the local pub (the only means of entertainment in the entire region) and a fall into a deep ditch full of water, having partially succeeded in rescuing a drowning football. Suffice to say i awoke this morning having half-laughed myself to death watching the two pseudo-documentaries on our soon-to-released new DVD to find my shoes caked in mud and my pants on the wrong way around (but that's entirely another story).

So far so good in respect to the new album, the producer Rob Caggianno having successfully crossed the Atlantic on what must be his fourth attempt in under a week and the band having been nicely tucked away in their respectful bedrooms, where i would indeed be now if it weren't for the fact that Rob has chosen to put the bass cabs directly beneath me in an attempt to shake all the teeth out of my head.

Incidentally Rob has been rather ill for the last four months with a stomach parasite he ingested from some dodgy food he ate in Mexico. No, the food didn't have Anthrax, but it did have something in it that causes Rob to have to take fifteen different homeopathic tablets three times daily. He actually showed us a picture of the horror he ate as taken by Scott Ian, who apparently warned him not to eat what looks like a meat 'Millenium Falcon'. In actual fact it was a skinned raw Goat's face complete with sagging eyeballs, but to a pissed-up Rob it looked like heaven.

You can see more of Rob in this state on our forthcoming DVD. He is also available for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

On the studio front there's not a great deal to report other than Paul's face has instantly begun to melt, sitting in front of his 50 inch computer screen (you know what they say about big screens don't you...), rehearsing the tracks and smoking the herb as if his facial elasticity depended on it. Charles is his accomplice in the rehearsal side of things although he prefers a box of nineteenth century nasal snuff to weed and a lengthy piss up at the pub with me and various sheep farmers. Adrian and Dave are busy recording drums and bass whilst i wile away the first few days amending the latest chapter to 'The Gospel Of Filth' and writing this pile of old baloney.

Incidentally the book is still progressing nicely although as you can imagine the whole process is a lengthy one what with the constant migration of ideas between conspirators and the amount of research that has gone into it's construction, although author Gavin Badderley has promised to deliver it early next year. Still, the wait will be worth it i can promise you, the chapter i have just finished proof reading on (to tie in with the chapter headed "Cruelty And The Beast") is extremely cantankerous, tracing the history of serial murder from Medieval attributions to werewolves through to modern day vampire-killers and cannibals. This chapter also features an alternative narrative on the Norwegian Black Metal murders of the mid-nineties as well as quotes and useful insights by everyone from Mushroomhead to Emperor to Charlie Manson. The next time i put poisoned ink to paper i will include a preview of one of the more juicier parts of the text for your delectation and much-sought after approval. But only if you're good girls and boys...

Never before in the history of this band have we been so ready for an album prior to going in. All of the songs have been rehearsed and demoed relentlessly, Paul is actually going over one even as we speak, over and over again to the point where i wish i'd never been born with ears. Like a bat. Still, in my sensory radar is the smell of dinner being slowly cooked, which is one great benefit of being cooped up in a residential studio. The food! By the time i go to India at the end of the year i will doubtless be about the size of a balloon with a face like Vince Neil back on the booze. To be fair though, everyone is making an effort to stay a little in shape this time around, even to the point of an early morning jog. And Dave has upped wanking himself off to five times a day AND with the other hand! Apparently. The threat of an upcoming UK tour will do that to a man you know.

On the tour front the tickets sales are going so well we subsequently decided to add in a warm-up show in sunny Colchester the day prior to Southampton. Tickets for this are scant and going fast so you'd better grab them quick if you wish to see us at our musical and possible physical worse (five weeks worth of studio banquets later... ).

Anyway, that seems to be all for now, i promise to keep you updated on a regular basis although as of next week i will be starting vocal duties concurrently in studio two. This is so i'm not left to the last minute with a stomach full of flutterbies.

We are also doing several covers during this recording period and if someone out there can guess what they are, then a signed photo of Charles wearing our new girlie knicker and bra set shall be yours. You lucky fuckers! Till next i befoul the air with my presence.... hope you all had a happy halloween! With love,

Count Filth.

Yeah! Thanks Count Filth. Now you can shut that flapping mouth of yours, click your heels together three times six and head back to the pit that spawned you. Haha!

I cannot effing wait for Peace Through Superior Firepower! I'm sacrificing my saving and just totally splurge them on this magnificant DVD and Dimmu's Stormblast rerelease CD too. Who cares about savings when Chinese New Year is coming? :P

So here's the picture of the cover art of Stormblast:

Alright, catch yer later while I meet up with The Nordic Hero, Rei for yet another bout of publik mass desekration! And I shallth point the horns of the Devil up high and Hail him loud.

See ya!
Friday, November 18, 2005
  Welcome Freedom!
Finally the Os are over!

Gone are the dull and monotonous days when I mugged my butt off. Here are the days I embrace going out as often as I like and to do whatever as I please. Ahhh such a rare feeling indeed!

Let's track back in time, back to June this very year. The stress then was already mounting, like dead bodies in a damnable pit. Slowly, foul and fecund. It was sick, befouling everyone's mood. The books are keep mugged and the papers are always hitting our faces, one stack after another, like a firing squad. We are being executed, to find ourselves drained of brain pulp and all sanity at the end of everyday. This shit continued for a good solid 6 months. We toiled. We sweated. We bled. We had our hands work for us in the most nerve wrecking papers namely SS for an notorious example, and they will ressurect again. We cracked our skulls into half for better flow of brain matter in vain to speed up absorption of information, apparently it always failed. Heck it. We or at least for the case study of me, have fell asleep studying so many times you don't have enough fingers to count with. That sense of despair that entrapped me, you lucky fuckers won't understand. That abdominable sense of despair sooner or later turned into numbness to the world. Going out or not doesn't matter any longer. Using the computer and watching TV has became a carnal sin. Life has took a puritan turn. I believe I have clocked a full hundreds of hours bent at the desk, eyes on those books, during Those Days. I shall label that damned period of time as Those Days. During Those Days, there;s only one word that awokened me everyday, you got that correct, it's STUDY either that or BOOKS.

OMG. Why am I talking about this shit?

Cos, it's time to play our hearts out! Rejoice and let your happiness diffuse at the rate of oxygen and bromine without the cover lid! Haha! Sorry, Chemistry hangover.

Thursday, November 17, 2005
  I'm a Happy Maggot once again.
Wheee! Thanks Mr Neo once again for getting me Live 9.0!

God damn it. That Live CD blew me away! I was trying hard to hear which song belongs to which country's gig, my conclusion, Eyeless, Purity and People = Shit are from Singapore's. Why so little? Phoneix and Vegas crowd are much much better and sic-er by all means then SG Maggots. We must strive to become better maggots, but hey there's only a mere 5000 people at SG's gig, so pardon is possible :P Slipknot honoured SG maggots by inserting so many pictures of SG's gig in the brilliant booklet. So I guess What more can a Maggot ask for? :P Oh yes, all the black and white pictures are from SG's gig. :) Oh man, by listening to it, makes my soul retrack back to Fort Canning, all sweaty and tired and most of all, fucking sic of all sic-nesses. \m/ I need another dose of slipknot badly! Hail Slipknot. Hail them for being such a great introduction for me into the world of metal, I owe them that. And, Slipknot has been a great source of energy and motivation for my Os. Whenever I feel like giving up and just rest, I will remember Corey and Slipknot;s undying bouniful pool of energy, and I will be back on track to mug ever harder. I shall live my life the Slipknot Way, all sic and without reserve. Geez, there should be a philosophy based on Slipknot's ideology! Thank you Slipknot for everything. I vow when you guys drop by Singapore for yet another gig (which I trust you will), I will show you guys a card flourish move I created in the name of Slipknot, the Purity Cut.

One word, I'M A HAPPY MAGGOT. And I will always be. In my heart. You stand a very very important position. \m/ Hail! It's seem only like yesterday when I first bought my first Slipknot cd which is Iowa. Well, I have been a maggot for near to 5 years now. Phew, that's quite long eh?

Here's to make another maggot jealous! Muahaha!


Stay Sic of all sic-nesses, maggot Ling.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
  You have got no fucking idea?!
OMFG!!! Mayhem is confirmed coming to this fucked up island of Singapore! Thanks Shyiathan a octagillion billion whatever-illion! \m/

And to futhur shock me is that the gig is held at a proper venue, Expo @ Max Pavilion! Wow, you can imagine the pure karnage indoors! Gonna be tonnes better than Slipknot's. The sound and everything is going to be so fucking tight. I can't wait!

Here's the poster! :P

Let the Deserkration unfold itself in the unknowing masses of Singapore. Seize them unprepared and blow them off! \m/ Hail Mayhem! Hail Shyiathan!

Let me just hope they will play 'Freezing Moon', let us feel the bleak nordic weather through your wunderbar music!

-- HIGH --
  At least that's what you said -- Wilco.
Hereby presenting the Live Video of Wilco, At Least that's what you said.

Friday, November 11, 2005
  One week left to heaven.
Wheee! After so much of mugging and endurance over the sands of time, yes it's correct. Yes, finally it's here. It's just left with ONE week of final confrontation at the bleak exam hall!

One word, or rather two, Can't Wait!!!

Anyhow, on a more positive side, Mr Neo, being such a nice and sweet friend of mine, bought Slipknot's Live 9.0 for me. Oh man... I'm starting to feel guilty because you have already got Marilyn Manson's Holy Wood for me. Mr Neo, if you are reading this, to tell you the truth, I really don't mind you buying stuff for me. HEHE! Kidding.

And, I have been obsessed with german! Gosh, gib mir Till Lindemann! ** Fariza MSN chat. ** Haha!

Just one week left. FOCUS and have no regrets. =) \m/otivated me!
Monday, November 07, 2005
  It's been a while...
Hey, it's been a brief while since I blogged. So here's it and you people just shut up and stop clicking the back button.

Alright, recently Mr Neo just gave me his collection of metal cds! Thank you for much for this wunderbar gift, I really appreciate it alot. My huge \m/ovitation to study even harder, faster, faster, harder. Haha! *flourisher's insider joke* Those songs in those cds are kickass! From Emperor to Mayhem to Satyricon to Opeth to Whores of Babylon to Cradle of Filth, phew what a colossal collection! Thanks once again! I will post a picture of the cds someday when I'm more free, probably after Os which is finally ending in 10 days only. Endure! - remember the time i waited for slipknot for 4 fucked up years! 10 days is a small fly! -

And I have bought Rammstein Rosenrot, so one tick on my hungry agenda. The DVD from the limited edition is already worth the price! The dvd is a 3 performance clips compilation, Reise Reise, Meil Teil and Sonne. Oh my fucking god, Till Lindermann has this superb stage presence to the extent that he can command total obeisence from his moshing crowd. During Reise Reise, he just stood stoic and stern and all nazi-like during the solo part. Phew! You got to see it to understand! Rammstein is my new found obsession and Till is one of my favourite guys on earth now. RESPECT. The album is of a slower pace and more melancholic in nature as compared to the hard hitting Reise Reise album. Which is good. Hail Rammstein! Ich lieben Rammstein! Mein heart ist with du. Haha, broken german. \m/ Please do come to Singapore sometime next year! I await your arrival.

Oh yes, finally there's some news from the Cradle camp on the dvd, it's been postponed to 21st Nov. Meanwhile, here's the diabolical tracklist:
01. Gilded Cunt
02. Nemesis
03. Mannequin
04. Black Goddess Rises
05. Gothic Romance
06. Her Ghost in the Fog
07. Nymphetamine
08. Tortured Soul Asylum
09. The Forest Whispers My Name
10. Bruise Upon the Silent Moon
11. The Promise of Fever
12. 13 Autumns and a Widow
13. Mother of Abominations
14. Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette
15. From the Cradle to Enslave

Kickass ain't it? They are finally playing Damnation and a Day's songs! WOOT! \m/ Thanks Dani so much! \m/

Alright, back to business. 10 days to my 6 month worth of freedom. ENDURE, I must.
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