England’s extreme metal veterans Cradle of Filth are also playing tonight, with Taiwanese hard-rock metal band Gunpowder. Cradle of Filth have experimented with symphonic black metal, most notably on the album Damnation and a Day (2003), but generally stick to gothic themes. The title track of Nymphetamine (2004) was nominated for a Grammy award. Though they use biblical references — Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa (2010) is a concept album about a demonic Lilith (Adam’s first wife) — they are decidedly anti-religion and have put out a T-shirt that depicts a nun masturbating. The group’s more recent albums, Midnight in the Labyrinth and The Manticore and Other Horrors are based on mythology and feature more punk and hardcore riffs from lead guitarist Paul Allender. Fans should check out his art project Vomitorium: The Dark Art Of Cindy Frey And Paul Allender.
■ Cradle of Filth with Gunpowder, doors at 6pm, show from 7pm tonight at Y17 Youth Activity Center (青少年育樂中心), 10F, 17, Renai Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路一段17號10樓) Tickets are NT$1,000 to NT$2,400.