Gig Review: Cradle of Filth / Ward XVI – London Roundhouse, 31st October 2021

Ward XVI (c) MST Photography

You may be reading this and be thinking this was over a week ago right? You would be correct, but I will level with you dear reader. There are many a reason for this, as this particular Halloween night was my first physical gig pre-pandemic. I got to see a few people who I hadn’t seen in nearly a decade and without one of those people I maybe wouldn’t have discovered the headliners in the first place all the way back in 1995.

Also, full disclosure, I did suffer from really bad post-gig blues afterwards, but as I type this I have another gig in the pipeline this week so it’s normal service from here on out.

I don’t recall ever attending The Roundhouse before so it was a new experience for me. I have to say it’s a nice venue, really fitting for the support act who had played Cardiff the previous night and were perfect for this night. The inmates of Ward XVI put on an absolute spectacle of a show. Their aesthetic is a wonderful sight to witness and they genuinely looked like they were ecstatic to be there. This was my first time actually seeing them live and I can guarantee it won’t be the last! I feel very fortunate to have seen them in such a setting.

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Now for the band I affectionately call “the Marmite band” [Because Dani smells of yeast? – Mosh] (big fan of the yeasty goodness by the way, but you know what I mean), Cradle of Filth. Not only do they have a new member, Annabelle, but they have just released their thirteenth studio album Existence is Futile, which we reviewed recently.

Having attended the previous one-off show at the London Palladium and also watched the live stream from earlier in the year, I did notice that the stage setup wasn’t much different. The setlist itself varied between the new album and mostly Midian, Nymphetamine & Cruelty, and The Beast – the latter being the album they have been playing in full overseas very recently.

Even though the band omitted some of the other tracks there was one noticeable addition to the setlist – the cover of Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed be thy Name”. Before this tour, this was unheard of so I am very glad that I got to see them perform it live. This particular line up work incredibly well together and the new tracks sound fabulous live, too.

A night of not such Existential Terror.

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Photos used with permission of MST Photography

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