Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver are set to kick off their “Double Trouble Live” co-headlining US tour on Wednesday night (March 8th) in Tempe, Arizona.
Although the two bands have differing sounds and aesthetics, their respective frontmen — Dani Filth and Dez Fafara — are longtime friends and colleagues of heavy metal’s upper echelon (Fafara has co-managed Cradle of Filth’s career with his wife Anahstasia). For Dani, the decision to tour together was a no-brainer.
“Frontman Dez has been a friend for years and a brilliant manager to boot,” stated Dani Filth when the tour was initially announced, “and to head out on the road for what promises to be the first leg of the ‘Double Trouble Live’ world tour with him and the band was an opportunity far too good to pass on.”
Both bands also released new music in time for the tour. Cradle of Filth unleashed the blistering and technical black metal piece “She Is a Fire,” from their forthcoming live album, Trouble and Their Double Lives, and DevilDriver dropped “Through the Depths” — a song which has some blackened-thrash characteristics of its own — from their upcoming album Dealing with Demons Vol. II.
Speaking of songs, Dani Filth and Fafara have offered up their top five tracks by each other’s band in an exclusive to Heavy Consequence. Not only are they good friends, but avid listeners of one another’s music.
Pick up tickets to Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver’s co-headlining tour via Ticketmaster or StubHub, and see what Dani and Dez chose as their favorite songs by the other frontman’s band below.
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Dez Fafara’s Top 5 Cradle of Filth Songs:
“The Principle of Evil Made Flesh”
My favorite record from Cradle of Filth is Bitter Suites to Succubi and the track “The Principle of Evil Made Flesh” is unbelievable. The keys, the backing vocals, Dani’s cadence, and all the haunting overtones of the whole band make this a standout track. Play this one in a dark room and you’ll feel what I’m talking about. The drumming is on fire and it’s a perfect complement between the guitars and keys.
“No Time to Cry” (Sisters of Mercy cover)
Now, I know this is not a Cradle of Filth original, but the cover of “No Time to Cry” by Sisters of Mercy is one of my favorite songs done by Cradle of Filth. Here is where a band truly shines: by taking someone else’s song and elevating it to a new genre: Goth to Heavy Metal. The band did a fantastic job of transposing this goth classic into their own. Dani is surprisingly wicked on this one and his vocal delivery is absolutely outstanding!
“All Hope in Eclipse”
Now, I’m going to give you another one from Bitter Suites entitled “All Hope in Eclipse.” First there is the opening drum salvo accompanied with the keys, then add the fist pumping back up tracks as Dani enters with low vocals. This goes straight into one of the most evil guitar riffs ever as Dani moves up to a faster cadence and even higher on the vocal register… it is just an outstanding performance! The mid section is over two minutes long and it sounds as if a haunted house is going mad.
“Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids”
The next song is from Cruelty and the Beast. The song “Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids” starts off with a woman speaking and Dani’s trademark high scream. Here, Dani exhibits both wonderful lows and extreme highs that compliment the drums and the fast guitars perfectly. Overall the band’s performance on this song is extraordinary and is awash with orchestral delight!
“Crawling King Chaos”
Last but certainly not least, from Existence Is Futile, is “Crawling King Chaos.” Martin’s drumming along with Daniel on bass is an insane reckoning and come together perfectly. To me this is one of the best choruses Cradle has ever written and the way the instruments and Dani’s melody go together shows absolute maturity proving that unlike other bands, the newer records from Cradle of Filth can absolutely stand out from the earlier works.
Dani Filth’s Top 5 DevilDriver Songs:
It was a very difficult mission to choose five tracks from the multitude of brutally melodic and groovy songs DevilDriver have penned over the years! So, I went with my gut instinct and chose songs I think form a perfect introduction to the band. Plus, Dez is my good friend and manager, so I have to choose my words carefully!
These also happen to be very chorus-heavy and definite mosh pit favorites. So, if you’re from the planet Beta Max Six and haven’t heard anything from these So-Cal monstrous head-stompers prior to this playlist, then strap yourself in Scotty, we’re going for a (Devil) drive…
“End of the Line”
Sliding in deceptively with a very subtle and slow-building intro, this song suddenly bursts in a frenzy of unadulterated and very angry metal. I remember thinking it sounded distinctly European when I played it that very first time, and presumed its origins hilted in bands like Entombed, In Flames and At the Gates. I liked it. It was f**king heavy and melodic and a little more musically intricate than its predecessor. … and I love the thrash metal dropdown at 3:36!
“Pray for Villains”
This is the high-octane title track of Devildriver’s fourth studio album and is a groove-laden concrete slab of brutality with yet another roar-a-long chorus. I really like the furious pace of this song as you actually can feel the acceleration in it. I remember hearing it at a post-show night club and thinking, “F**k me, this sounds angry!” The chanting toward the back end is a nice touch, too. I imagine this is a real crowd-pleaser live!
“You Make Me Sick”
This song has exactly the same vibe as one of Cradle’s more enigmatic tracks, the much-lamented “Gilded C**t,” in respect of its unyielding loathing of the person or persons this is vehemently aimed at. As with all of my four choices, this is a very “in-your-face-with-another’s-torn-off-face” kinda song. The track starts in a haunting, almost arabesque mood before building into city-leveling riffing and defiant hardcore attitude. Plus, Dez sounds pissed off to the point of possessed throughout. The outro riffs are cool, too, and almost hypnotic.
“I Could Care Less”
Literally the first song I heard from DevilDriver at a time when we were being lured to Roadrunner Records. Therefore, I got this album, amongst other great releases of that year, for free. It really surprised me from the offset, as it proved a totally new direction for Dez and was a brutally honest way to start the album. The beginning and overall vibe held ties with his previous outfit Coal Chamber more so than later albums, but no sooner did it kick into stomping gear when the standard face-ripping rifferama that has come to be a staple in the DevilDriver canon began. I remember this being played a lot on metal radio/TV stations here in Europe. Indeed, so much that whether I liked it or not, it wasn’t an easy song to forget.
“Clouds Over California”
This song is just classic DevilDriver. Very brutal and melodic and probably my favorite DevilDriver tune to boot. I love the video, too, with Dez’s wife Anahstasia and sons Simon and Kaleb making appearances in it. Though all the library books being thrown about willy-nilly gives me straight-up anxiety, I swear to God! And again, I am really digging the thrashy middle eight section at 2:33 minutes in. Pure head-banging gold!
Thanks to Dani Filth and Dez Fafara for taking the time to offer this exclusive feature to Heavy Consequence. You can pick up tickets to their co-headlining US tour via Ticketmaster or StubHub, and see the dates below.
Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver’s 2023 US Tour Dates with Black Satellite and Oni:
03/08 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
03/09 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
03/11 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
03/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
03/14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
03/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
03/18 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
03/19 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
03/21 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
03/22 – Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live
03/23 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
03/26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Revel