Photo By David Rubene
I don’t think it was until I was walking up to the venue when I realized I had never seen Cradle of Filth before. I’ve listened to them for years and have always been in love with their dark imagery but apparently just never got a chance to see them live. Well, last night was my chance and I felt a sense of excitement as I walked through security, made a stop at the bar so my friend and I could grab a drink, and then claimed a spot where we could see everything going on around us (including the creepy kid with the stuffed animal in his hands– yeah, it was an odd crowd).
Kicking off the night was Raven Black. I’ve heard the name and my photographer always says that Raven is one of the best performers he’s seen in awhile but I had never had a chance to check her and her band out– until last night. Okay, so maybe my friend and I were a little late due to the epic happy hour next door but we got there in time to see a handful of songs and I instantly regretted that last round that made us late. The half doll/ half human front woman- Raven Black- instantly had me captivated. From her mechanical moves that gave me the absolute creeps to the insane amount of power behind her voice, I instantly fell in love with everything about her. Raven Black is one of those bands where there’s almost too much to watch. From the theatrical nature of Raven to the intensity of Stitches behind the drumkit, there was so much going on and their set was too short to where I just couldn’t catch it all. Now, going to a show almost every night, it’s rare for me to go out of my way to get a picture with a performer but I just had to with Raven and, let me tell you, if you don’t fall in love with the band, you’ll fall in love with her and her bandmates. She was so sweet, so personable and just impossible to not want to be friends with. Honestly, Raven Black could have been the only band on last night’s bill and I would have been more than content. What a great band full of great people. I would drop nearly anything to go see them again (hint to the band- that means come back soon please!).
Cradle of Filth’s lengthy set contained a little bit of everything. From newer songs that still felt to songs that instantly catapulted my friend back to his teenage years, there was a little something for everyone in their set list. Having never seen this band before but having been low key obsessed with them for years, their live show was absolutely everything I could have asked for beyond the songs. The Satanic imagery and creepy stage presence was exactly what I pictured in my mind when it came to their live show. Even with how creepy everything was about their live show, there was something oddly approachable about it. Kind of like the music, on the surface everything is very intense and sinister but, beneath it all, there’s nothing but passion, creativity and a love for the music.