After carting out prop-laden stage sets, stilt-walking actors and generous pyrotechnics on previous tours, English headbangers Cradle of Filth fi nd it challenging to maintain the expected level of showmanship.
“It is quite hard,” says guitarist Paul Allender. “We’re like, ‘Oh, it’d be cool to do this,’ and then, ‘Oh, we haven’t got the budget for that.’ Or, ‘What about this?’ ‘Done that.’ ‘Then what about this?’ ‘Oh, someone else is doing that ...’
“It’s quite hard, to be honest with you.”
But fear not; the group hasn’t shirked on its latest tour, supporting its seventh album, “Thornography,” the follow-up to 2005’s Grammy-nominated “Nymphetamine.” Allender, 36, says the stage set includes elements from the video for the album’s first single — a remake of Heaven 17’s “Temptation” — along with rear projections that let the band perform in front of several different backdrops over the course of the show.
Nevertheless, Allender says, Cradle of Filth also is “concentrating more on the band than on the visuals” this time out, which refl ects the more accessible and direct musical route it took on the new album.
“We wanted to open some new doors,” the guitarist explains. “We wanted to produce a more metal-oriented album, where you can hear everything rather than hiding it in a bunch of noise and saturating it with keyboards and everything.
“I’m a firm believer that at the end of the day you should be able to hear the guitars ... and everything else.”
That poses a bit of a risk with the mosh-pit crowd, which tends to be a fi ckle lot and not necessarily open to new directions from its favorites.
But, Allender maintains, “we’ve always said that we write music because we like it. We don’t write music for the masses. This is the reason why we’ve done an album like this. Yeah, it’s a gamble, but (‘Thornography’) has outsold everything we’ve done before, so luckily the kids have really responded to it.”
Cradle of Filth, Angtoria and the 60 Eyes perform Friday (Feb. 2) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com
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