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Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth are set to release their forthcoming album ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ on July 10th and in anticipation of the release, we asked the band's verbose mouthpiece of Hell to tell us a bit more about the album artwork - watch as Dani Filth explains all here:

The artwork was created by Arthur Berzinsh ( who is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a 'sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism'. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterised by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism. The band's highly anticipated and caliginous creation was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. The album’s title is named after the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributory: It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches' hands and it's payback time. 'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES' TRACK LIST: 01. Walpurgis Eve 02. Yours Immortally… 03. Enshrined In Crematoria 04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess 05. Blackest Magick In Practice 06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven) 07. Hammer Of The Witches 08. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych 09. The Vampyre At My Side 10. Onward Christian Soldiers 11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell Bonus Tracks: 12. King Of The Woods 13. Misericord Pre-order your copy of 'Hammer Of The Witches' here:

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