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Carach Angren
This Is No Fairytale


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (301 Reviews)
February 25th, 2015 | 180 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist


Without any knowledge of what has made the band so successful up to this point, it's really quite easy to pre-judge Carach Angren. The corpsepaint-ridden faces of each band member seems ludicrous to even look at. Cue several mindless comparisons to Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Watain etc. Yet Carach Angren has a special something in its system which distances itself from such big-name acts of the same scene, and that is the concrete skill to actually tell a story. Properly. This is perhaps why the band's first three albums have gone down so well with the metal fan-base in general. Sure, the haters are still here in spades, as with every other band meddling with the same metal sub-genre, but at least Carach Angren have a few tricks up their sleeves.

2015 sees the release of the oddly-titled This is no Fairytale, and if the amount of hype surrounding the album is anything to go by, then it will prove as a gateway to bigger things for Carach Angren. As with the band's previous three releases, lyrical imagery and a grandiose storytelling ethic are the most prominent aspects of the band's sound here. Better still, everything here seems much darker, and that's not just regarding the black hue of the album cover. Drugs, alcohol abuse, domestic assault-it's basically like The Jeremy Kyle Show. Take "There's no Place like Home" for example, which explores all three of the aforementioned themes, and twists them to present one of the most messed up families you've ever heard of. This sense of realism is really quite brutal, and may affect some of its listeners deeper than you'd expect, but without listening to the surrounding music, you can imagine how much effort Carach Angren have put into the whole concept of This is no Fairytale.

Putting that aside, Carach Angren also seem to excel instrumentally. For the most part, it is extreme, aggressive, very vicious stuff. Churning extreme metal riffs with classical and Gothic symphonies doesn't sound like anything new, but what's important is how all these ideas fuse into one song. Perhaps the best examples utilizing this musical formula appropriately are the lengthier songs-that is, the near eight-minute opus "Two Flies flew into a black Sugar Cobweb", "When Crows tick on Windows" and "Possessed by a Craft of Witchery". Like the lyrics, these songs aren't worded that well (The band are from the Netherlands, so is forgivable at least), but making up for that is a bucketload of instrumental vigour. And then some.

Every song, as well as the aforementioned, seems to explore different moods and transcends the very idea of what a versatile song can be. Whilst at times the end result can be quite jittery or somewhat out-of-tune ("There's no Place like Home", "The Witch perished in Flames"), the likes of "Two Flies flew into a black Sugar Cobweb" really seeks to impress. "Two Flies...", perhaps due to its near eight-minute length, is awe-inspiring at times, and hurls itself far beyond the monotonous symphonic black metal tag. Even the short interludes (I.e. the album's intro, "Once Upon a Time..." and "Dreaming of a Nightmare in Eden) can match up to the vicious barrage of extreme metal found in "Killed and Served by the Devil", where guitar work certainly seems at its most adventurous.

Yet throughout each of these nine tracks, Carach Angren never seem to lose their edge or indeed what made them so important to the extreme metal scene in the first place. Songwriting is just as important as the influence of lyrical imagery and the compositions which are arranged thereafter, and the band know that all too well. Whilst 2015's This is no Fairytale won't change the opinions of haters and long-time fans, the album does serve as a real career-definer for Carach Angren. For now, Carach Angren are in a field of their own.



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DropdeadWHA
February 25th 2015


1396 Comments


These guys were cool when I was on my symphonic Black-Metal grind but eh. They just remind me of a worse version of Dimmu looking back. Did check out the couple of tracks they released for this and the English seemed a bit awkward (which is odd for them). Nice review, glad you enjoyed it.

adr
February 25th 2015


12097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

eww that cover, i bet this is cheesy as fuck

CalculatingInfinity
February 25th 2015


9295 Comments


"Cue several mindless comparisons to Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Watain etc. Yet Carach Angren has a special something in its system which distances itself from such big-name acts of the same scene, and that is the concrete skill to actually tell a story. "

Bang on, exactly the reason why I hold these in a good regard (especally their second album). Great review

Shuyin
February 25th 2015


14051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just gave this a spin, really good stuff. CA always had a good balance between the sympho and the metal, you cant go wrong with that

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2015


11798 Comments


Great review, seems like something I'd dig. I like the track names actually.

ComeToDaddy
February 25th 2015


1828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fantastic review, pretty much covered everything I wanted to say. The darker aesthetic definitely works for them, it's just a shame it makes the cheese stick out like a sore thumb.

Shuyin
February 25th 2015


14051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its goo

HideYourHole
March 1st 2015


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't believe people think this album is anywhere close to as good as the last 3. Gonna have to go with www.rateyourmusic.com on this one.



And yes this album is cheesy as fuck.

Dryden
March 1st 2015


13549 Comments


this band was never good

Relinquished
March 1st 2015


45897 Comments


armpit cheese

minimesmyidol
March 1st 2015


314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty entertaining, ill give the that. I have not heard their other stuff but they seem like a parody with the lyrics and delivery.

i got some good laughs throughout.

DropdeadWHA
March 1st 2015


1396 Comments


^ the latter isn't their intention.

Shuyin
March 1st 2015


14051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fun, cheesy bm. nothing wrong with that

KriegdemKriege
March 3rd 2015


1544 Comments


This band sucks so bad.

Angryk
March 6th 2015


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album is good but no more than that.



Pales in comparison to their previous works.

KILL
March 6th 2015


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

faux

Cryptkeeper
March 7th 2015


1897 Comments


"The band are from Holland, so it's forgivable at least"

Is*

And please use The Netherlands instead of Holland, Holland is only a very small part of The Netherlands

Deathlyavenger
March 13th 2015


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great album, a real grower i think, on first few listens definitely doesnt pack the catchy punch like the last ones. But its certainly not their worst/

Flugmorph
March 18th 2015


23631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

very enjoyable.

Hawks
March 30th 2015


73885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This honestly is their best release so far, granted I haven't jammed Where the Corpses Sink Forever yet (which I gotta do asap). I don't understand why some of the ratings are so low my friends.



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