Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, June 2, 2017

Carach Angren - Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten

Carach Angren is a band who havegrown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Though they certainly have always been a cut above their peers I think that folks listening to Lammendam back in 2008 would have though that this band could put out a record as well concieved and uniquely put together as Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten. An album that perfectly balances old school symphonic black metal elements with theatrical bits that feel like they could have come from a Nightwish song, Carach Angren prove they still rule.

There is a strange and subtle unsettling filament runnin through Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten, the twisted melodies and potent riffs reminding us that this band truly does deserve the 'horror metal' moniker they have bestowed upon themselves. While the band always pays tribute to a lot of the tropes that help to make symphonic black metal what it is, Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten shows us a band who are not afraid to do quite a bit of experimenting. The swirling guitar riffs and elegantly eerie arrangements are proof positive that this is a band who will never fail to conjure up sick and demented imagery in our collective imagination.

Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten is epic in scale, constantly questioning what the genre can be whilst falling back on ideas that remind us why we love it so much. Carach Angren are perhaps the closest thing Season Of Mist has to a 'mainstream metal' band, and yet they have so distorted the vision of their peers in bands like Dimmu Borgir that to even compare then would be remiss. These guys have reached for so much more and been able to become titans of the genre and in a class of their own.

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