The Dutch symphonic black metal masters of horror are back with a new album. With Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten, CARACH ANGREN are returning to “pure” storytelling with episodes that are centered on a girl playing a little too long with her Ouija board. The predecessor, This Is No Fairytale, is a real hammer, and not easy to conform to. The band could have chosen the easy road, by writing songs in that same style, but they didn’t .
Now, don’t think the band changed their style completely. They are still very recognizable as Carach Angren. The band has succeeded in creating music that sticks to the lyrics. Seregor is a master in producing theatrical vocal parts that make you shiver. If the music asks for it he grunts and growls. When needed, there are spoken parts reminding me of a dying man. The keyboards sound very majestic and the arrangements theatrical. The biggest difference from the last album is that the songs sound less hectic and have less super fast parts. Because of that the album even sounds more bombastic than ever, at times even soundtrack-like. On several tracks, Nikos Mavridis can be heard on violin, and the other guest, Patrick Damiani, is responsible for guitars and bass. Music like this is very difficult to describe because it is impossible to tell in words the atmosphere they create and the mood it drags you in.
I strongly advise you to listen to Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten. It is a masterpiece of spooky atmospheric bombastic epic horror metal.
01. Opening (2:17)
02. Charlie (4:10)
03. Blood Queen (4:55)
04. Charles Francis Coghlan (6:07)
05. Song for the Dead (4:16)
06. In De Naam Van De Duivel (6:29)
07. Pitch Black Box (3:17)
08. The Possession Process (4:27)
09. Three Times Thunder Strikes (5:19)
Playing Time: 41:16
Seregor: vocals, guitars
Ardek: keyboards, orchestra