Revolver teamed up with Cradle of Filth for an exclusive limited edition “black & white Marble” vinyl variant of their new album, Existence is futile. It’s limited to 400 – order yours now!
2021 has been, without a doubt, one of the most memorable years in the history of modern music. The invisible elephant in the room was obviously COVID-19, which triggered the unprecedented year-long blackout on nearly every live show. Fortunately, this spring’s widespread immunization rollout proved effective enough that restrictions were lifted, and in the summer the groups were finally able to take to stages across the country.
While we’re not quite in the ‘post-COVID’ era yet, the sheer joy of experiencing the loud sounds and singular energy live from gatherings large and small – from sweaty concerts at the Turnstile club and from loud Slipknot road shows to major festivals run by Metallica – has been beyond rejuvenation.
Plus, there have also been a bunch of killer albums released this year to keep us entertained between mosh pits. Old-school heavyweights Iron Maiden, Carcass and At the Gates brought the heat, stage directors Mastodon and Gojira upped the ante, Converge and Chelsea Wolfe unleashed a bombshell collaboration and a handful of pioneers in the making. – Spiritbox, Jinjer, Turnstile, Scowl, Portraital of Guilt and more – have taken heavy music to exciting new territories. (See RevolverThe 25 favorite albums of 2021 here.)
As we close the books on 2021, we’re catching up with some of our favorite artists to get their picks for the best of the best from last year. Below, Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth shares his favorite shit: alluring ScarJo Black Widow performance at a new outfit from Suffolk, England, channeling Parkway Drive, Dimmu Borgir and the ancient Greek tradition.
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Best Album: ‘Existence Is Futile’ by Cradle of Filth
It’s easy. Ours! Cradle of dirt Existence is futile! A bit big head, I know, but hey, you asked! The nearest seconds should be the Bronx Bronx IV and Moonspell Hermitage, both of which are very different beasts. The first a raging lesson in visceral punk rock and the second a more polished and prog affair than Moonspell is currently renowned for – but a solid and very memorable and atmospheric album, nonetheless.
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Best Movies: Eternals, Dune, No Time To Die, Black Widow, Suicide Squad
I really enjoyed everything I managed to see in the cinema, namely Eternals, Dune, No time to die … I am a huge Bond fan. Black Widow – I’m a huge Scarlett Johansson fan too, and I would have gone to see this movie even if it was just her walking around shaking her butt in a catsuit! And The suicide squad, who was only pure and absolute comic strip crazy!
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Best TV Show: War of the Worlds
On the TV side, I loved season two of War of the Worlds remake with Gabriel Byrne, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Rick and morty season five and tying it Young Sheldon. Even though I look forward to the Hawk Eye and Boba Fett’s book series, which will hit the Disney streaming channel in December.
Best Book: Do What You Want: The History of Bad Religion
I read Do what you want: the story of bad religion  lately… mostly on the toilet. And listening The Sandman’s Act II [by Dirk Maggs and Neil Gaiman] on Audible. The Bad Religion autobiography is exactly what you’d expect, exactly what I wanted from one of my favorite bands, heralding the ups and downs of one of the world’s most beloved and respected pioneers. the American punk-rock scene. The sand man is a glorious and dark fairy tale about Morpheus, Lord of Dreams told by author Neil Gaiman and fleshed out by a host of great actors including James McAvoy as the titular antihero amid Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy , Brian Cox and John Lithgow to name a few. I would definitely recommend these two books to anyone.
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Best New Group: Ghosts of Atlantis
Hailing from the county that fathered Ed Sheeran and yours, and featuring guitarist from my other band Devilment: Ghosts of Atlantis. They build traditions around Ancient Greece and the Lost City of Atlantis in an epic crossover of styles encompassing the best of Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis and Parkway Drive, while delivering their own indelible history, weaving historical discoveries and fantastic stories in a great musical journey. It’s a really deep sound and lyrically sound album and should definitely be on everyone’s current playlist. Their [debut] album, 220.127.116.11, is now available on Black Lion records.
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Best musical moment
Guess the best moment (s) of this year was surviving our recent tour of the United States – despite our acts of support contracting the dreaded coronavirus. This seems to be a real problem with touring right now and one that will undoubtedly plague the music industry for a long time to come. It’s a very big risk to go on tour right now because of this, as the ominous threat of the band or team of contracting the virus hangs over everything. And canceled shows have the potential to bankrupt entire tours… but what can you do? In the age of free streaming platforms, bands have to tour to pay the bills. So I guess we’ll see …
What excites you the most in 2022?
Get back on the road for sure! We have a plethora of shows planned around the world, but at the moment they are in the development phase… I am therefore unfortunately not able to reveal the exact times and locations. But rest assured, we are definitely coming back to the United States to support our current album. Existence is futile. And for that, I can’t wait, because I really enjoy walking your side of the proverbial pond. Or at least play shows to interrupt visits to Super Star Destroyers-sized Walmarts!