British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have announced the cancelation of three European shows, as well as a concert in Tel Aviv, "due to time restraints concerning writing and pre-production" for the band's upcoming album.
CRADLE OF FILTH said in a statement: "Having played literally all over the world this year, it is unfortunate that keeping the band this busy has forged an ever-decreasing window in which to fit everything in and so it is with some regret that we have to announce the cancellation of these shows. That being said, Tel Aviv will be moved to a slot next year to coincide with COF's first tour of China. The headline show at the Entrepot in Bruges, Belgium on November 2nd remains unaffected.
"Once again, sincere apologies for this sudden turn of events. The next thing on our very metal agenda (and the last of a busy year) is the grandiose London Palladium performance on 19th October. The nightmare before All Hallow's Eve! And brethren. please watch the heavens for a much pleasanter CRADLE announcement later this week..."
Oct. 15 - Collosseum - Košice, Slovakia
Oct. 16 - Reithalle - Dresden, Germany
Oct. 17 - Ninkasi Gerland - Lyon, France
Oct. 31 - Barby Club - Tel Aviv, Israel
Earlier in the year, CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth told the "Rocknroll Beer Guy" podcast that the material that has already been written for the band's next album is "sounding great. It's just a step up from the last record, but we're trying to explore new horizons as well — mix some things up a little bit," he said. "What I've heard is awesome. It's decidedly CRADLE OF FILTH, and it's the best CRADLE OF FILTH that we can muster. The last few records, a lot of people said, 'Wow, this is a return to the olden glory days,' whatever. I think that myself, but I don't know if that reflects everybody's opinions. But, yeah, now I'm not gonna say it's darker and heavier. I mean, we've done that, and there's only so far you can go forward with that. We're just gonna experiment a little bit."
CRADLE OF FILTH performed its third album, 1998's "Cruelty And The Beast", in its entirety at several shows this spring and summer, including at the Dokk'em Open Air and Summer Breeze festivals.