My Record Collection - November 15, 2016

My Record Collection by Cradle Of Filth's Dani Filth
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My Record Collection by Cradle Of Filth's Dani Filth

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Cradle Of Filth mainman Dani Filth, who is currently readying the second album from side project Devilment, let's see what he chooses shall we...

 

You can check out some of Dani's picks in this playlist...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"It was Ultravox's The Collection, which I’ve actually re-bought since I bought it the first time as there was a different track listing in Germany. Even though I was into pop I did have an affinity for the dark side of pop. I was about 12 years old and I got my hands on a vinyl copy. They were poppy, and quite dark and deep, quite meaningful lyrics. You know when you put your iPod on and hit shuffle, well I’ll be washing the car or something and one of these tracks will come on, and I’ll just go – WOW! God this is great! It’s one of those albums that I grew up with, and when you hear it out the blue you just get a wave of reminiscing about those times."


The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"There are two prongs to this answer – firstly there was Slayer's Show No Mercy. I used to pretend to be Tom Araya, and used to jump around in my bedroom with a badminton racket to it! I got into Slayer really really early on, as soon as I got into heavy metal somebody gave me some Slayer and I just loved it. Also The Beastie Boys' record Licensed to Ill, but only because I joined a Beastie Boys tribute band at school. We weren’t really a tribute band, we were just a copy called the Bondage Boys. We just upset the school in general because we were supposed to play the school assembly and we were a bit rude. We were just trying to be the Beastie Boys. We weren’t very good. I know someone who has recordings of it… but if he ever makes them public I will kill him!"


The record I've played more than any other is…

"Any new album that I’ve just finished! At the moment it’s the new Devilment record Devilment II - The Mephisto Waltzes obviously. Just because of all the time that you’re in the studio mixing it, and then listening to make sure it’s okay and then after the mastering… and then just generally listening, because even when it’s about to be released you’re still listening out for things. This will be the case up until the next Cradle record and after that I’ll probably never listen to the record again!"


The record that always make me feel good is…

"Any Bad Religion album! I absolutely love Bad Religion, apart from some of the records when their guitarist left. All of their stuff is amazing… except perhaps their Christmas album Christmas Songs, although to their credit it is a very feel good. Ironically 'Once In Royal David’s City’ was a song that they played live a lot but it’s not actually on the Christmas album. Instead they went for American Jesus which isn’t actually a Christmas tune. It’s one of their own from ‘Recipe for Hate’, really bizarre. I got it just to be a completist, I listened to it at Christmas once, and I haven’t listened to it again for obvious reasons."


The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"It would probably be a soundtrack; I think some sad one, perhaps the soundtrack to Pans Labyrinth or soundtrack to The Fountain – which are both very sad. The Fountain was ironically written by Clint Mansell who strangely enough used to be in Pop Will Eat Itself. And now he lives in LA writing out soundtracks, which is really weird."


The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Don't Break the Oath by Mercyful Fate. It’s amazing but every time you see a compilation of Mercyful Fate stuff or when anyone talks about it, it’s always Melissa they talk about – and even Metallica did a medley on Garage Days Revisited and it was all just tracks from Melissa, nothing from Don't Break the Oath. When I was young I actually thought that Mercyful Fate record was made by ghosts, it was that creepy. It’s just such a good record."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"That will have to be The Principle of Evil Made Flesh by Cradle of Filth. I love that album cover, it’s just pure sex. The artwork was made by Chris Bell who is a photographer but it was directed by Nigel Wingrove. They album was due to be an EP, but it grew into an album. We had an idea for a cover which eventually totally got scrapped. Instead one of the guys at Cacophonous Records said he knew the guy Nigel Wingrove, and he’s got some artwork that might work. We saw that piece for the first time and just said - ‘god that is amazing!’ We were lucky enough to use it for the album. It was a bit of an eye opener, it was a time when everyone had pretty cheaply hand drawn album covers, and this cover was just like – wow! We weren’t big enough to get into trouble for it at that point, it was all still pretty underground. The only trouble we had was from other bands saying it looked a bit too much like a vogue fashion shoot. But that’s what I liked about it, it just looked expensive."


The record with my favourite title is…

"I was doing a band called Temple Of The Black Moon with King from Gorgoroth, Ice Dale from Enslaved, Rob Caggiano from Anthrax (although he’s now joined Volbeat) and John Tempesta from The Cult and White Zombie – and we were working on a record. Actually, all the drums and the bass parts are still sitting with a record label. This is my opinion, when Rob left Anthrax the manager shelved it because he didn’t want Rob being distracted from earning loads of money for it. If that makes any sense. This was only a couple of years ago that it was recorded, and it’s a brilliant album."

"The working album title was ‘CNT (all that’s missing is you)’ - it would have been amazing! I don’t know if it’s ever going to see the light of day, we wrote ten songs over roughly a four-year span and they’re all amazing – in fact I want Devilment to cover all of it – it might be the only way around the problem to be fair. The manager just sat on it. The drums have been recorded in LA, and the bass. It would probably be too late now if it ever came out, it would sound primeval by then. It was cool – really rocky. It’s got an Anthrax and The Cult meets me and Gorgoroth, plus Enslaved feeling, and the guy from Dimmu Borgir was going to do keys on it."


The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"The Dark Side Of The Moon, I hate Pink Floyd. I really hate them. I just hate them – that’s the reason and its reason enough. I just find the record really pompous and you know when everybody just bangs on and on about something… like Game Of Thrones – oh Game Of Thrones this, Game Of Thrones that - it turns you off from ever watching it. Well that’s a bit like Dark Side Of The Moon for me, you hear people just wallowing in their love of it, wearing t-shirts and discussing it – and for that reason alone I can’t stand it."


The last record I bought was…

"I haven’t actually got it yet, but Metallica's Hardwired... to Self-Destruct – the bonus version. They changed the third disk from their original plan which was rubbish, and have put some good covers on it like Rainbow etc. I’ve heard the tracks they’ve released and I quite like the songs, although his voice is a bit robotic on it - and the only other reason I’m really into it is that I think they could re-kick or re-start thrash, there’s been some really great thrash albums out this year like Anthrax, Megadeth, Death Angel, Testament… and I think if Metallica do a really heavy record it may kick start thrash again and that would be brilliant."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"That new Cradle Of Filth one, if I could hear it now I’d bypass all that fucking hard work to come! I’m also quite looking forward to the new Bad Religion and Marilyn Manson records. Marilyn Manson just out of curiosity because I quite like his last record. It was pretty good, I’m glad I got to talk to him about it, although he wasn’t making any sense because he was obviously off of his tits on drugs. It’s supposed to come out in February; he’s doing it with the same guy, Tyler Bates, who’s also a soundtrack producer. He did 300, Guardians of the Galaxy etc. Manson’s latest record was certainly a bit of a comeback record."


The greatest record of all time is…

"I’d say Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds, because it’s my favourite album of all time. It’s my go to record. I’ve been to Jeff’s house, I call it Wayne Manor. I was only supposed to be there for an hour and I ended up staying there until about 11 at night, we were chatting for ages about everything, including ‘The War of the Worlds‘. I just love it, it’s great. I first discovered the record when I was really young, and it just captured my imagination – it’s just fantastic. Orchestra and rock, and it has all of these famous people on it. AND they got a hit single out of it as well. They did the ‘final’ live stage show not too long ago, and it was alright, they didn’t even have to change much just put a digital drum beat on there. You had Liam Neeson instead of Richard Burton, he sounded really wet but yeah - I love it. Every time they do a stage show I go and see it. Although they’ve said this was the last one, I don’t believe it, it’s like Sabbath saying they’re about to pack it up."

 

Devilment's new album Devilment II: The Mesphisto Waltzes is out on Friday (November 18th) and available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page. 

Devilment II: The Mesphisto Waltzes
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