Dani Filth recently spoke to Loudwire about his extreme metal band Cradle of Filth’s upcoming album, ‘Existence is Futile.’ The singer revealed that negative experiences helped shape the album, which indicates that there might not be a bigger picture in life.
Cradle of Filth started working on ‘Existence is Futile’ before the world halted due to the pandemic. Even though the title suggests that it is highly possible to write about the meaningless of life after a global pandemic, the band foreshadowed the upcoming stress for the world before the virus emerged.
In October 2020, the band’s vocalist Dani Filth spoke about the album and described what they wanted the songs to represent and indicate. As suggested in the title, it aims for people to question their existence and think about the end of the world.
Here is what he stated in 2020:
“This album is about existential terror. The threat of everything. The end of the world, the end of one’s life, existential dread. A little hope, I guess in there. It’s a Cradle of Filth record. The songs are strong. They’re extreme, but it’s a mixture of everything.”
More recently, the vocalist revealed how even before the pandemic, they were concerned with the world’s future. Overpopulation, lack of natural resources, and pollution directly influenced the creation of the album. These negative experiences made Filth question the bigger picture.
Here is what he stated about the bigger picture:
“It renders all religion obsolete, that statement. Because if there is no — and I’m not saying there is or isn’t — but if there’s no great after-plan, no master plan or golden ticket at the end, or Peter at the gates, et cetera, et cetera, whatever, and this is a happy accident, that in all the billions of stars, we’ve managed to create life and do all the things that we do, and we’re here, and it is a happy accident, then it’s to be embraced and cherished and nurtured.
But I think the record also dictates in its way that it should be with respect. You know, it’s okay to go out and crash and burn, but you don’t want to take everybody else out with you.”
Here are the negative experiences that inspired the album:
“It wasn’t necessarily writing about those things. It was a catalyst to bring Cradle a little bit more kicking and screaming into the modern-day. But when it comes to direct influence, I’d just say overpopulation. I mean, it was a wake-up call when I was in Mexico, and I was standing in a square, and there [were] so many people, and I just thought, ‘How is the planet supporting all these people?’ Not just here. I’d been to India that year as well, Russia, and it just seemed to me.
I know, of course, you’re not gonna put us in a field in Virginia, where there’s no one. We’ll obviously be playing shows in big cities, but it still had that vibe to it. I just felt like that day, in particular, was very stuffy as well. And I felt very claustrophobic as if all the air was being sucked out of my lungs by other people. Existentialism is probably the main theme, and we tried to bend that into many shapes on the record.”
The band doesn’t intentionally try to shock their audience, but, with their gothic themes and extreme metal sound, they reflect horror for their fans. With this album, it seems as though they will also be shocked and put in an existential crisis because of the lyrics of the tracks when it’s released on October 22.