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Cradle of Filth Spreads Vampire Plague to San Antonio, Texas

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Two days in February will probably become two of the most sought after days for metal concerts in central Texas. This is because European bands invaded the Lone Star state. First, on Friday the 12th, Cradle of Filth ravaged the Aztec Theater in San Antonio. Then, At The Gates thrashed Austin. Both shows brought in a large crowd, which was partially due to their popularity but also due to the fact that Euro bands like these just don’t tour much.

My show report on At The Gates will post soon, but first let’s look at COF’s performance at the Aztec. Due to horrendous traffic, it took me 3.5 hours to drive from Georgetown, Texas to San Antonio Friday traffic is terrible and on this day I encountered 4 wrecks and traffic stalls. I guess next time I’ll need to take off around noon on Friday to see all the bands. The drive is terrible. Once I made it to the venue Butcher Babies were halfway through their set. Other than boobs on parade, I don’t give much credence to this band. They sound very cliché for the times and there is nothing that really grabs me.

Ne Obliviscaris is another story. The Australian band was lucky to get on a big U.S. tour with such a large name as Cradle of Filth, but COF obviously recognized the talent and brought over this progressive death metal group. I heard their performance was amazing, but once again, traffic kept me from witnessing it.

COF was in fine form. They sounded good and their fashion stood out (painted faces, contact lenses, capes), although I’ve seen them put on better performances through circus-like demonstrations. Dani Filth’s voice was still super high pitched, although it did sound like he was using some effects to get more of out his voice. The group played a good set of music from throughout their career. It started out by opening with oldies “Humana Inspired to Nightmare,” and “Heaven Torn Asunder” from the “Dusk And Her Embrace Album.” They played songs from throughout their career, including many new songs but catered to “Cruelty Brought the Beast.” You can’t beat a concept album about a real-life vampire and this album seems to be their most popular.

The ending of Cradle’s set was the best, though, after a brief encore, the band came out with a great line of classics like “From the Cradle to Enslave,” “Nymphetamine”—which featured Lindsay Schoolcraft’s haunting voice instead of Liv Kristine’s saccharine tones. I have to admit I like Kristine’s vocals better, as well as Sarah Jezebel Deva’s, but Schoolcraft did a great job, none-the-less. Other killer tracks include “Principal of Evil Made Flesh” and another track from that album “The Forest Whispers My Name.” The later track’s keys didn’t sound so well, nothing like the album, so this song suffered in that regard.

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An avid metal head for over twenty years, Darren Cowan has written for several metal publications and attended concerts throughout various regions of the U.S.

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I was at this show, the sound was terrible and really low. Other than that, it was a good show. Not a fan of butcher babies

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