045: CARACH ANGREN

Imagine a gothic musical, a symphonic black metal opera, laying before you tales of ghosts, monsters, folklore, and tragedy. Thatโ€™s Carach Angren, and itโ€™s exactly as incredible as it sounds.

Carach Angren are Dutch, but they often utilise multiple other languages, such as German, French, and primarily English, to tell stories through song. Each album tells a different tale, and these are more than just concept albums. These are complete musical stories that unfold over a full album, with topics ranging from a Dutch legend of a haunted castle, to the Flying Dutchman, and even a modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel.

Musically, this is some of the most lushly produced symphonic black metal Iโ€™ve ever heard. These stories unfold through a juxtaposition of beautiful orchestral pieces, shrill guitars and blistering blast beats, as we are guided through sinister worlds via expository snarling vocals and beautiful clean passages.

With Carach Angren, every new album is an experience like no other, as the listener is front row for an enthralling, dramatic symphonic black metal opera. Tales of horror and gothic terrors are presented as incredible musical compositions, and there really is nothing else like it.