SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA On Working With CRADLE OF FILTH Frontman For New EP - "This Has Changed All The Crap That Happened In The Past"
May 31, 2012, 2 years ago
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Vocalist SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA recently spoke with BW&BK scribe Carl Begai about her new 3-song EP, Malediction. An excerpt from the story is available below:
As odd as the pairing of Sarah and Björn Strid (SOILWORK) may seem, having Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth on the EP comes as a complete shock. Upon her departure from COF in 2009, Sarah made no secret of the fact she’d parted ways on bad terms and had absolutely no intention of working with the band again. And yet, the diminutive shrieking hellmouth is all over the song 'This Is My Curse' with a performance worthy of any Cradle Of Filth production. It’s fair to assume Dani’s participation was done in trade for Sarah's willingness to take part in the new orchestral Cradle Of Filth album, Midnight In The Labyrinth, but the fact is he could have phoned in a performance and given the bare minimum.
In actual fact, Dani blows the doors off with an over-the-top and fully entertaining black metal vocal theatrics.
“You’re right,” Sarah agrees, “and this has changed all the crap that happened in the past in my eyes. You can quote me on that. I felt wronged in many aspects in Cradle, but since having my own band and taking charge I now see how it is to be in the other person’s shoes. I now see how hard Dani’s job is. It’s actually really hard to put it into words. A lot of stuff has happened over the years, a lot of decisions have been made in Cradle not necessarily because Dani wanted to make them, but because they were business decisions. He could have said no to doing the song, or he could have done the bare minimum, but I felt that he bent over backwards to make the song what it is. We loved the song without his vocals, but the theatrical drama that Dani added to it matches the song perfectly and he’s brilliant at doing that. In my opinion he’s a master of the theatrical vocal style. No one can touch him.”
“Dani didn’t actually come to our studio," she reveals. “He did the vocals in Springvale, where Cradle Of Filth rehearse and make their demos. We kind of wish he didn’t record his vocals there because it’s better when he’s in the building. We would have loved Dani and Björn come to the studio to record their parts, but sometimes it doesn’t work like that because people have certain priorities in their lives. Dani has a wife and a daughter, and he has Cradle stuff to do, so it was a timing thing.”
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Malediction is currently available for purchase via Amazon in the UK and Germany. It is expected to be available via Amazon.com soon.