Prior to the gig Cradle Of Filth
performed in Stockholm on March 03 in Arenan, our photographer Michael
got the opportunity to have a chat with drummer Adrian Erlandsson. Below
you can find the result of that session........
~ Adrian during the interview
Michael: When did you become a member of Cradle of Filth?
Michael: In which other bands have you played
before joining Cradle Of Filth?
Michael: What have you been doing since
the release of Nympetamine?
Adrian: We were on the Headbangers Ball-tour
in the US last year with Arch Enemy, Bleeding Through and Himsa. Bleeding
Through and Himsa plays more like hardcore, and you know Arch Enemy
right? We were the final act every night, so it was pretty nice actually.
First tour with my brother. Other than that we just started the tour
in Europe last week.
Michael: How has the tour gone so far?
Adrian: Pretty well. Much new for us this tour.
New songs thats havent been played live, new bass player
and a whole new live show. Many things needed to be trimmed the first
evenings, but it has gone well.
~ Michael and Adrian
Now a while after the release of Nymphetamine, do you feel that it came
out as you wanted it or is there something you want to change?
Adrian: It came out a s good as it could. Generally
you look back at what you have done and say: Oh shit, we should
have done that differently. But you have to take that as inspiration
for the next album instead. When it gets on tape, then its to
Michael: Do you have time to visit the cities
you play in?
Adrian: Mostly there is time but mostly you
dont have any strength. And most livehouses, especially in europé,
are in the middle of nowhere. This tour has been pretty good, in Brussels
the live was in the middle of the city. In Amsterdam it was in the
middle of the city, then you just take time and have a look around.
When we were in Germany and had a day off, we just stood parked in
a industrial area in the middle of nowhere and watched the whole extended
version of The Lord of the Rings-Trilogy. 12 hours long
A LOT of dvd-movies and play games and stuff.
Michael: What do you plan to do after the
Michael: How long time does it take for
you to record a song?
~ Live reviewer Patrik
Michael: Rob Cagiano from Anthrax produced your latest album,
why did you choose him?
Adrian: On 'Damnation and a Day' he was just
a name that was suggested. We thought: "Ok, he has played in
Anthrax, he should be able to get a good guitar-sound. We worked so
good together on 'Damnation' that we
decided to let him get total control over the next album. He wanted
us to record the songs together to catch the live-feeling. I think
he did a good job. There where many times that we had played the same
song all day long and still he wasn't satisfied. "This isn't
satisfying, Adrian. Come on!" He really pushed everyone to
the max to get it as good as it could be.
Michael: When a song is made, who writes
the music and who writes the lyrics?
- Adrian: Most songs
we create start with a few riffs or a loose arrangement from either
Martin or Paul. Then i get it on cd and I test some drum comp and send
it back to them. When there is enough material we take it to the rehearsal
studio. Then Dan starts to write texts, and Dans lyrics determines much
of how the songs will be arranged.
Michael: How do you think the situation
for COF will be in 2-3 years?
- Adrian: Best would
be if we could play some big shows as supporting act. On most of our
tours we are the headline, so we play for the same audience every night.
On Ozzfest, we played for "new" audience every night, That
was great! Even though it was tiring.
~ Adrian meeting a fan during
a signing session prior to the gig
How do you think when you write the setlist?
Adrian: We try
to get at least one song from each album and then we se which songs
"work" live, some songs has too much samplings for them
to work live. Then we try to open aggresivly and hold that for a couple
of songs, then bring it down a notch a bit and then take it up again
at the end. In between we try to weave in some classics. We have many
songs that we have never played live before this tour, for example
13 Autumns and Mother Of Abominations from the new album, mostly aggresive
Michael: What is the one question that
you never have been asked during an interview, but you wish you had?
Michael: And the answer?
That was all I had for now, Adrian - the staff at metalcovenant.com
wish you all the very best for the future, and we sincerely want to thank
you for keeping the spirit of Metal alive!
After the interview we exchange some cd's and mailaddreses,
took pictures and wished Adrian good luck for the upcoming Stockholm gig.
Be sure to read the review
made by Patrik and see the pictures
taken by me in the live review section.