The Skinny: Cradle of Filth’s highly anticipated and caliginous creation, Hammer of the Witches, is set for release on July 10 via Nuclear Blast, but fans hankering to hear new tunes can listen to “Enshrined In Crematoria” just below!
Frontman Dani Filth elaborated on the track: “Lyrically the track ‘Enshrined in Crematoria’ is hilted in the legendary Ark Of The Tragedian, the poet’s Holy Grail. It is the author’s inspiration personified as a tombed angel, much like that of Poe’s pale obsession, and the magickal ‘midnight’ ritual wherein she is conjured forth as a reincarnation of his lost love, to provide forbidden artistic sustenance. It is imagination’s utter peak and fuel for a literal literary madman. ‘Enshrined in Crematoria’ is at essence the first of guitarist Richard Shaw’s contributions to the new album, before the full band took it by the teeth and spat it into light.”
Hammer of the Witches, was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. The album’s title is named after the ‘Malleus Maleficarum,’ a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle of Filth’s title version is more retributory: It’s the Hammer of the Witches; the hammer is in the witches’ hands and it’s payback time.
Hammer of the Witches Track Listing:
01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined in Crematoria
04. Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess
05. Blackest Magick in Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning the Coven)
07. Hammer of the Witches
08. Right Wing of the Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre at My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding the Hounds of Hell
12. King of the Woods