Cradle of Filth has had a monumental 2012 so far, releasing both an orchestral album of previous recordings as well as the new record of fresh material that harks back to the early Cradle of Filth signature. This week Metalholic chatted up guitarist Paul Allender to discuss the new record, his unique guitar playing style, his involvement in graphic arts, and his passion for martial arts.
First up was the topic of the band’s tenth studio album, The Manticore and Other Horrors: A record which finds Paul and company revisiting the style and sound of Cradle of Filth‘s earliest records. Paul talked about creating the new album with drummer Martin Skaroupka, and the decision to return to the early Cradle of Filth sound:
“We took a year a break from the band to kind of recharge the batteries. During that break I was thinking ‘this next album’s got to be different.’ It can’t be anything like the last two, three, whatever. It was starting to feel like these albums were coming out and it was the usual stuff, you know? So, I was thinking like something’s missing but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Then I put the first album on and I was listening to it, and I was like we don’t do this do this punk stuff anymore, it’s all pushed in with these beautiful round corners and stuff where’s the sharp spiky edge, the kind we used to have? That’s basically what brought it on.”
Paul revealed that finding his way back to that early Cradle of Filth sound was not really difficult for him:
“I have to admit, when I first started writing, I had punk riffs coming out of my ears. I couldn’t use all of it, because it just wouldn’t be the band. So I was headed down that road. Before hand there was a lot of cut and paste in the studio with Pro Tools. It just sounded mundane. There was nothing exciting about it. So this time me and Martin we recorded basically the whole thing live in the studio to give it like that really organic, human feel to it.”
Allender confided that recording the album digitally was not his first choice:
“Originally we wanted to do it on tape, but we couldn’t find anyone in the studio that had a tape machine. Which is ridiculous cause if we’d managed to do it on tape the emotion and the atmosphere captured on the music would have been phenomenal. I think digital has just killed it, just like I think the internet has killed the whole music industry.”
Paul Allender has one of the more original styles of playing guitar in rock and roll, and it often goes unnoticed to all but fellow musicians, but the question remains, did the music influence his style or does his style influence the music?
“I think it’s impacted by my playing. People ask where did you get your style, and I have no idea. When I first tarted playing guitar, I could never figure anything out from records. So what I did, was I actually started writing my own music in the vein of the bands that I liked; Maiden, Priest, Slayer and Motorhead, like that. So right from day one I guess i started developing my own style because I could never work stuff out from record I never actually took anybody else’s style on board if you know what I mean. But I think my playing really influences the style of my music. It’s not the other way around.”