Carach Angren
Where The Corpses Sink Forever


4.5
superb

Review

by SlMBOLlC USER (14 Reviews)
August 8th, 2013 | 42 replies | 2,137 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An intricate nightmare; a realization of your most beautiful dreams and coldest fears

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Carach Angren have succeeded in crafting a record that not only excels in terms of instrumental excellence, but also in the creation of such a vivid and dark atmosphere that it seems as if light itself may be extinguished. In terms of musicianship, “Where the Corpses Sink Forever” (WCSF) maintains a high standard of excellence and consistency throughout, with vocalist Dennis “Seregor” Droomers being the standout positive.

Having the vices and virtues of both classical symphonic music and black metal at your disposal gives you potential in terms of emotional and atmospheric medium rivalled by few other musical styles. However Carach Angren have not let their music become unfocused or convoluted as a result of the marriage of two separate genres. The steely bleakness of black metal is used to great effect in supporting the beautifully sombre, and at times, frightful symphonic passages and vice versa. Opening track (not including the intro) “Lingering in an Imprint Haunting” immediately displays this with a chilling introduction of violins and piano that performs in tandem with the band proper to bring to life a dark and depressing, yet equally beautiful artwork. As well as providing vocals, Seregor charges forward with cold and sharp black metal riffs whilst also employing intelligent melody here and there. The bass (also handled my Seregor) remains largely pedestrian, yet this surprisingly doesn't take away from the music at all. Drummer Ivo “Namtar” Wijers rarely explores or innovates past the tried and tested black metal drumming style, yet uses it very intelligently allowing him to take a back seat to the vocals, symphony and guitars.

Vocalist Seregor is the clear cut highlight of WCSF. He stands apart from the vast majority of his peers by being album to not only possesses a pure and visceral “classic” shriek, but also having nearly flawless articulation along with it. As well as his voice and articulation, Seregor’s lyrics are able to breathe life into the bleak and cold instrumentation with passages such as:

“Hector was nine In school, making colorful drawings most of his time.
One day he made this horrible portrait of a dead man and his child.
The teacher was shocked! How could such a young lad draw pictures so sad?
Hector was asked to explain.
He replied: "It's me and daddy in the attic;
Hanging!
When we are dead!."


Cold and dead!


Later that day, the boy left school early. Hector ran away. When he came home, he found his daddy's revolver. Now it's time to play. While father slept, his son blew his brains all over the bed. Then he went upstairs to the attic. There the kid shot himself through the head.


Cold and dead!


Mother came home and saw her husband. Mother came home and saw her son. Her soul collapsed and her heart froze. After the funerals she took an overdose.”

The strikingly theatrical nature of the lyrics coupled with the almost perfect pronunciation allows you to lose yourself within this record and bask in its beautiful depressiveness.

Many metal bands have used symphony as a gimmicky tool to get popular with those less initiated in extreme music. Yet what Carach Angren have done is use both black metal and classical symphony in a way where both support the strengths of the other. With standout lyrics, vocals and overall excellent instrumentation these Dutch metallers have crafted an incredibly vivid and atmospheric album that avoids feeling generic and forced, and instead invokes a truly nightmarish yet beautiful mental scene that will remain a memorable experience for all those that open themselves to it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SlMBOLlC
August 7th 2013



4832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

quick write up you guys obv don't understand my overly intelligent humour so yeh

get this album listen to lingering in an imprint haunting profit

KILL
August 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sounds lame m/

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

sixdegrees
August 7th 2013



16794 Comments


ahaha are those the actual lyrics

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

SlMBOLlC
August 7th 2013



4832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeh those are the actual lyrics they rule right

Vakarian12
August 7th 2013



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"he found his daddy's revolver. Now it's time to play. While father slept, his son blew his brains all over the bed. Then he went upstairs to the attic. There the kid shot himself through the head"

M/M/M/M/M/M/

gj sim pos'd

BallsToTheWall
August 7th 2013



44164 Comments


False bm sweet.

KILL
August 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yea check beherit sim bro

BallsToTheWall
August 7th 2013



44164 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zXGE9YeZD4

Dude doesn't even Coven of the Worm.

SlMBOLlC
August 7th 2013



4832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

woah guys this ain't false gimmick free zone

KILL
August 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zXGE9YeZD4

Dude doesn't even Coven of the Worm.


damn makes beherit sound like behemoth

KILL
August 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

symphonic bm from 2012

sorry dude it aint for my ass!

SlMBOLlC
August 7th 2013



4832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah i get it Balls thats definately as pure as it gets but fuck
this album maintains a similar level of atmosphere but with better production and overall truth

BallsToTheWall
August 7th 2013



44164 Comments


Captivating review I will say, so i'll pos, but they cant symphonic the way like Emperor, Covenant and Sirius can.

SlMBOLlC
August 7th 2013



4832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well yeah KILL its post '95 and not Devin related so you'll hate it!
or listen to a few songs then 3 it i dont know what you do these days bro cookie

KILL
August 7th 2013



70586 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

cute

SlMBOLlC
August 7th 2013



4832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

naww stop it you

BallsToTheWall
August 7th 2013



44164 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2ulyJuvU3Q

R6Rider
August 7th 2013



4476 Comments


my girl got this a while ago and loves it, even though it's really gay as fuck

only thing cool about it is the album cover

Digging: Rort - Warpath

BallsToTheWall
August 7th 2013



44164 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2ulyJuvU3Q

R6Rider
August 7th 2013



4476 Comments


keyboard cat

wow lol



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