Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Carach Angren - This Is No Fairytale

I'll be the first to admit it, symphonic black metal really isn't my thing, so it's rare that an album this bombastic could really catch my attention. Yes, the new Carach Angren record is a little bit corny in places and uses a lot of synths, but in the end, that's what makes it so cool. This Is No Fairytale is quite the musical journey, walking the listener from the epic introductory track Once  Upon a Time to the climactic ending of Tragedy Ever After. This is an album that carries you off, and shows that romantic music (in the traditional sense of the term) will never die.

The grand dramas carried out in these songs certainly capture the imagination if nothing else. The keyboards are able to guide the listener through the music and ease them into a place where they can explore. There are so many layers to This Is No Fairytale that it's kind of ridiculous to try digesting it in just a few listens. As I delve deeper into the lyrics and song structures I become ever more impressed with what Carach Angren have done with this album, it suggests that this bands star is still rising. Now more than ever before their very distinct sound has come to fruition and shown me that these guys have the creative juices to keep pumping out records for years to come. 

Not a lot of bands make it to their fourth record, so the fact that these guys have made it this far should get you to perk up your ears and just jam it. Carach Angren have the musical know how to create masterpieces of a sort never heard before in black metal, and as they continue to innovate I think that they will only draw more fans. A vibrant hope for the future in a genre tat used to rely on stripped back darkness, Carach Angrens lush soundscapes will keep your mind spinning for years to come.

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