Dutch symphonic black metallers Carach Angren return with their third full length album. Formed in 2003, they only needed a demo and a self-released EP, in order to sign to Maddening Media. With this German label they released two wonderful albums: “Lammendam” in 2008 and “Death Came Through a Phantom Ship” in 2010, both receiving praising reviews. It was a matter of time until they jump into a major label and so it happened. In 2012 they signed with Season of Mist in order to release their new album “Where the Corpses Sink Forever” on May 18th.
Since its beginning, Carach Angren was a symphonic black metal band. In the first works there was also an avant-garde touch in their music, which gradually transformed into a theatrical cinematic approach. So, their new album is taking this transformation a step forward… Their metal elements are somehow reduced, while synths and vocals take the leading role in the compositions. Their music is more like a soundtrack for dark horror films and I think it is more meaningful to take the whole album as a single work, rather than separate songs (even if each song has its own concept). The band has an excellent production and a crystal clear sound, while Ardek’s synths give the impression of a real orchestra. Their compositions are quite complex, with many different themes. They avoid repetition, even inside the songs, so you will hardly recognize any refrains or catchy melodies. Their album needs more time to unveil its beauty and each time you listen to it you discover something new. They only have black metal screaming vocals (except for a few clean backing vocals) and Seregor makes an amazing work with his very expressive, theatrical and passionate singing. Even if the metal elements are reduced, Carach Angren still remain in the black metal genre; they are just less extreme and with more “guitar-free” parts. Their lyrics are in English and are written actually as a novel, rather than poems with rhymes, etc… They deal with dark tales, wars, horror fantasy, etc and their music couldn’t express them better.
“Where the Corpses Sink Forever” is a must-have for lovers of extreme symphonic metal and Carach Angren a band you should definitely check. The word Symphonic takes a new and very accurate meaning in their music! Their new work is released in digipak edition with 16-page booklet including all their lyrics. There is also a vinyl version. Since it is published by Season of Mist, you can easily find it. Follow the links below for more information and music from the band.