Playing time: 47:23
Style: symphonic black metal
Label: Season Of Mist
KILLER X-MAS: offering two
Traditional X-Mas symbols in our parts include the Christmas tree, baby Jesus, carols and the warmth of home. This usual set up however completely ignores such phenomena as haunting or domestic violence. That is not the case of our special thematic event KILLER X-MAS, with its second offering of the Dutch symphonic black metal act CARACH ANGREN, who can take you on a different X-Mas vibe, as they incline to not really pleasant encounters from beyond the grave, even though their name is a clear Middle Earth reference (meaning “Iron Jaws” in Sindarin Elvish).
The latest CARACH ANGREN creation bears the title “Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten” and constitutes their already fifth full-length, which was released June 16, 2017 by the French label Season Of Mist. Although even this piece is once again a conceptual album, unlike its predecessors it does not follow a liner plot. The center point of the narrative is a little girl playing with a Ouija board (with which you can apparently contact the other side), whereby being visited by various ghosts of the deceased. Expect no happy end, as that is not in the nature of the band’s tales. And beware, it is possible that this story will strike closer to home than you may like!
Our second offering is thus the digibox edition of this full-length that contains a bonus track – an orchestral version of the song “Charles Francis Coghlan”, an expanded gorgeous-looking 24 pages long booklet, three dice and an exclusive patch.
"Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten is an excellent combination of theatrical horror that meets brutal metal."