Drum-cam footage of CRADLE OF FILTH
's Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka
performing the song "Haunted Shores"
during the band's February 25 concert in Stockholm, Sweden can be seen below.
In a 2012 interview with HardHarderHeavy
stated about his early years as a drummer: "When I started playing drums — I was 6 or 7 years old, I think — there was no chance for me to get any drum lessons at all. Simply, there was not any teacher in my town who could teach me, so I had choose another instrument. So I studied piano and singing for 7 years. Later when I was 12 years old, I had finally got my first drum teacher and then I started my drums/piano studies in a music high school."
He continued: "Drums have always been the No. 1 music instrument for me. Though I can imagine myself composing more music for movies, games etc. I have actually just finished writing music for one game a few days ago. I see myself more as being a musician/multi-instrumentalist than just a drummer."
Asked what he would consider to be the most beneficial aspect of his career — being on stage, playing in front of thousands of people, or recording in the studio, Martin
said: "I do enjoy playing live shows more, and to be honest, I do not really care if it's in the front of thousands people or just five people. Even when I'm not on tour with CRADLE OF FILTH
, I'm still busy playing shows with local bands, touring with other bands or doing my drum clinics. But hey, I have to say that I'm trying to stay busy as a session studio drummer too! So the answer would probably be that I quite like both."
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh"
, the historic debut album from CRADLE OF FILTH
on Cacophonous Records
. To honor this momentous occasion, CRADLE OF FILTH
is planning a whole smorgasbord of exciting stuff, including the first-ever CRADLE OF FILTH
comic, the release of a career-spanning double disc best-of, and, of course, the subsequent touring.
CRADLE OF FILTH
's tenth studio album, "The Manticore And Other Horrors"
, sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa"
, opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99.
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