Hello all and welcome to another episode of “Moe and Skippy hit the road”. This time we re-visited a recent haunt; Atlanta. Our mission was to cover the “Cradle of Filth” show on Saturday the 29th of September. The first part of our mission went very well. Our trip to “The ATL” was smooth and uneventful. It was after we arrived that things took a less fortunate turn. Our decision to stop at the Krystal, on Piedmont Ave, was the beginning of a truly death defying adventure.
We decided that since we had missed a turn getting to the venue, that Google must have lost their minds and sent us in the wrong direction. Feeling firm in that belief, we asked a guy on the wi-fi system at the eatery to enthrall us with his acumen on the whereabouts of the venue. He told us we were way off the mark and sent us to the south side of Atlanta. (He also told us he used to work for the CIA, and we didn’t think that odd?) This is where things got really scary for about 90 minutes. After navigating our way through a Georgia Tech football game and then a festival of some sort at the Fulton county stadium, we found our selves surrounded by government subsidized housing in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard. After getting even more lousy directions from a POLICE OFFICER, I called the venue and found that we were about 1 mile from the site at the time we asked directions at the Krystal.
Back tracking to the area we had originally come from, we landed safely at the venue just minutes before the show opener hit the stage. Need less to say, we were prepared to hate anything that happened next. The opening act did nothing to change our minds. At one point during the opening act, Moe was ready to head back to Knoxville and forget the whole thing. I was just about ready to comply, but we held out hope for the main act. WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED. Cradle of Filth took the stage at roughly 8:30 and blew all our stress, about a wasted trip, away. One thing Moe and I both questioned, was whether or not “Cradle” could reproduce there sound accurately in a live setting. The answer was a resounding YES. The bands energy was top notch and there live sound a blessing after a day I would just as soon forget. Within the first few songs, the band pulled off what I figured would be the true test of the live production; Nymphetamine. We were completely impressed.
With the exception of the band’s energy drowning out the female singer’s part on the song. It was absolutely inspiring. That the female singer was drowned out was of no consequence. Dani and the boys wrecked that place. They then followed “Nyphetamine” with “Tonight in Flames” and kicked our ass’s again. As for the rest of their act, meaning the lighting, set and attire; WAY AWESOME, even in the small and heavily policed venue they played. On a personal note, I would like to add that Dani is a really nice guy. I had the opportunity to speak with him, be it ever so brief, after the show and found him to be “FAN FRIENDLY” . If any of you wonder why we haven’t mentioned the name of the opening act; that’s simple, we didn’t go to Atlanta to review THEM and they gave us no reason to change our minds. We may be TWISTED, but also being HILLBILLYS, our Mommas taught us that ‘If ya cant say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. I’m sure we will visit the venue again, but we hope they get a little more cooperative with media, and a little less concerned with policing a crowd that was in good spirits and behavior. Thanks for your support, Cradle fans, and KEEP IT METAL !