"Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder", the new album from the British extreme metal band CRADLE OF FILTH, has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 37.
"Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder" sold a little over 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD is the follow-up to "Thornography", which shifted nearly 13,000 copies the first week out to enter The Billboard chart at No. 66. This was roughly in line with the performance of its predecessor, "Nymphetamine", which premiered with almost 14,000 copies back in October 2004.
In addition to the standard version of "Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder", a special edition and vinyl were released.
"Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder" is conceptual and is based on the well-documented, true-life fall from grace of a shadowy historical figure named Gilles de Rais, a wealthy French nobleman who was one of Joan of Arc's brothers-in-arms. He was best known, however, as a prolific serial killer who mixed prayers with his nightly murders as well as an aspiring alchemist. He was accused of a panoply of crimes, among them heresy, demonology and kidnapping. There's even an extreme fringe sect of historians who question de Rais' true status, with some convinced he was framed.
CRADLE OF FILTH will make its much-anticipated return to U.S. soil this winter for their first headline tour since the Viva La Bands tour in fall 2007. SATYRICON will serve as main support, while Greek metallers SEPTICFLESH (no written as one word) will open the show. The tour runs for six weeks.