CRADLE OF FILTH (2018) Concert Review

Venue: The Forge – Joliet, Illinois

Date: Friday, April 13th, 2018

Special Guests: Jinjer, Uncured

Reviewed by Michael Juvinall – Horror Patch  **All images Copyrighted by Michael Juvinall

**Special thank you to The Forge and Nuclear Blast Records


It was a dark and stormy night – no, wait, that’s been done before. In actuality, it really was dark and stormy on the night of Friday the 13th. It couldn’t have been a better night to see one of the world’s most extreme dark metal bands – Cradle of Filth!

This concert was shaping up to be a real treat for this reviewer as I’ve never seen COF before and I was extremely looking forward to seeing what Dani Filth had in store for us on this Friday the 13th. I’ve followed the band for quite a while and have always loved his flair for dark theatrics. In my opinion, his concert theatrics come in third only to Alice Cooper and King Diamond.

The night’s opening band was UNCURED. These kids are a progressive death metal band out of NYC. I say, kids because the lead singer and guitarist are brothers who don’t look much older than teenagers. The four-piece is a raw and emotional band, full of energy and anger. The lead singer and guitarist, alongside his brother who also plays guitar and sings, were obviously the heart of the band. The two took turns growling into the mics, neither one had much flair in my opinion.

The music was adequate and they’re all pretty good musicians. Unfortunately, they just didn’t impress me much. What they do have going for them is their youth and they have plenty of time to work on their craft and I have no doubt they will be a much better band down the road a piece. Keep an eye out for these guys.

They played for 30 minutes.

2 ½ out of 5 Pentagrams!

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Next up was JINJER. I was only a little familiar with this band and only heard a few tracks from them. They are a Ukrainian band with a female lead singer. This tour with COF was the first time this band had toured the US, so that is pretty neat.

Jinjer plays a mixture of metalcore/death/nu metal. They have a unique sound and lead singer Tatiana really brings the heat! The band has been around since 2009 and was named best Ukrainian metal band in 2016.

Their sound is heavy with a funky sound element. Tatiana uses clean singing along with death growls mixed throughout. Band founder and guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov is definitely the musical leader of the group and his guitar work is impressive.

Tatiana is the focal point for the band and rightfully so, she is sexy as hell and sells the music to the hilt.

The band is very impressive and sound great but ultimately, I wasn’t a huge fan of their music or their sound. That’s not to say they don’t put on a great show.

They played for 45 minutes.

3 out of 5 Pentagrams!

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The headliner of the night was, of course, CRADLE OF FILTH!

I have been a fan of COF’s music for quite some time and was highly anticipating seeing them play as I’ve never seen them live before. Did they live up to my expectations? In a word…yes.

I’m a huge fan of the dark side of life, gothic, darkness, etc. and there is no other band that revels and explores the darkness any better than COF, with the exception of King Diamond. Frontman and band founder Dani Filth is a dark poet in the extreme.

In the broadest terms, the band describes their style as extreme metal. In reality, they play a little bit of black metal, gothic metal, symphonic metal, thrash, and more. It’s a wonderful array of styles all in one show. Frontman Dani Filth mostly growls along with high pitched gravelly wails. He does wear makeup and dresses in goth attire, as do the rest of the band.

The band sounds great and they are true musicians who never miss a beat. The star of the show is Filth himself. He is so energetic and plays to the crowd better than most I’ve seen. He develops a real rapport with the audience and they love him for it.

Cradle of Filth played for 100 minutes and gave the crowd their money’s worth.

The setlist:

  • Ave Satani (Played from tape)
  • Gilded Cunt
  • Beneath the Howling Stars
  • Blackest Magick in Practice
  • Heartbreak and Seance
  • Bathory Aria: Benighted Like Usher / A Murder of Ravens in Fugue / Eyes That Witnessed Madness
  • Dusk and Her Embrace
  • The Death of Love
  • You Will Know the Lion by His Claw
  • Creatures That Kissed in Cold Mirrors (Played from tape)
  • Encore:
  • A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon (Played from tape)
  • The Promise of Fever
  • Nymphetamine (Fix)
  • Her Ghost in the Fog
  • Born in a Burial Gown
  • From the Cradle to Enslave
  • Blooding the Hounds of Hell (Played from tape)

Cradle of Filth really brings it in concert and brings it hard & heavy! This show was one of my top ten favorite shows ever. If you get a chance to check them out live, don’t miss out, they’re really an awesome show!

5 out of 5 Pentagrams!

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About Michael Juvinall (5968 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5 and metal fan since I was 14. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all-around affinity for things that go bump in the night! I'm also a huge fan of extreme metal music.

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