A new album by Carach Angren, the symphonic black metal band from Netherlands, has come out three days ago. It’s called “Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten”. I’ve never listened to them before but heard a lot though. So I decided to give them a try.

Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten

If the black metal band is popular, then it is not black metal. A common thought among the true black metal fans which I do not support even considering myself as a fan. As far as I know, Carach Angren is very popular and consequently hated. Just think about Cardle Of Filth or Dimmu Borgir. Blacksters from Netherlands are from this row.

When I listened to “Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten” I thought about these two previously mentioned bands and (suddenly) about “Pirates Of The Caribbean”. I don’t know why. The music is too epic and the atmosphere is brilliant. Everything is very conceptual with a lot of musical layers. Really, it is not a black metal anymore, but something new. Orchestral arrangements are very soundtrack-oriented with a plenty of pathos. But it sounds good. The songs are different which is not typical for the black metal at all except the symphonic and sometimes the ambient sub-genres.

I’ve read an interview with the band where they say that it is not a black metal anymore. It’s something new with black roots and a new content. And I’m inclined to agree. There are still a lot of tremolo guitars and blast beats though.

Tracklist

  1. Opening
  2. Charlie
  3. Blood Queen
  4. Charles Francis Coghlan
  5. Song for the Dead
  6. In de naam van de duivel
  7. Pitch Black Box
  8. The Possession Process
  9. Three Times Thunder Strikes

Pros

Epicness. It sounds good with the right atmosphere and overall mood. Horror stories (a conceptual feature of this band) are creepy and everything is polished and well-played. No rawness, no hatred or anger or Baphomet and goat thingies here and there.

Cons

Prejudgement. This band is hated and this album is already hated. If you are raw and true black metal fan — leave it. Just don’t listen to it and don’t write another negative review. There are tonnes of them here and there already. Guys are creepy, they do growl, tremolo and do wear a corpsepaint, but they are not “black” — just slightly blackened.

Overal

A good and versatile long-play. If you like to listen to Dimmu Borgir or to Emperor — you won’t be disappointed.

Album cover via carachangrenbm.bandcamp.com

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