Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten (Deluxe)

Carach AngrenJune 16, 2017
Black/Death Metal© 2017 Season of Mist
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Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten is the fifth studio album by Dutch symphonic black metal band Carach Angren. It was released on June 16, 2017 via Season of Mist. Although the album doesn't follow a linear story as their previous albums did, it is still a concept album. Clemens "Ardek" Wijers describes the album's concept as visitations from multiple ghosts of the dead; including the "Blood Queen" and Charles Francis Coghlan. The full album is focused on a nameless girl who plays with a Ouija board causing her to raise a variety of spirits and ends up getting possessed. The album ends by informing the listener that the box the CD came in is haunted by these same spirits, and that by opening the album, the listener has also released them.

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Blood Queen4:54
Charles Francis Coghlan6:06
Song for the Dead4:16
In De Naam Van De Duivel6:29
Pitch Black Box3:17
The Possession Process4:27
Three Times Thunder Strikes5:18
Charles Francis Coghlan (Orchestral Version)6:06
33 total

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June 16, 2017
© 2017 Season of Mist
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2007's Harvest sees Naglfar returned from quartet to a quintet, following the official addition of touring bassist Peter Morgan Lie (hardly the most crucial instrument in a black metal band, let's face it), in place of former bass player, now vocalist Kristoffer Olivius. As longtime observers will know, the latter had some rather big boots to fill when he took the reigns from longtime frontman Jens Rydén for 2005's Pariah, but when that album gained ready acceptance with most of the group's fans (falling only a few notches below the band's definitive effort, Sheol, in fact), Naglfar were unquestionably back in business. That being the business of creating uncommonly melodic and efficient black metal, of course (no overbearing orchestral bits, rudimentary primitivism, nor epic song lengths here), and with Olivius' surprisingly intelligible rasp leading the charge, harmony laced Harvest highlights such as "Into the Black," "The Mirrors of My Soul," and the title track arguably represent this unforgiving musical genre at its most accessible (a mere Cookie Monster growl away from the Gothenburg school of melodic death metal, even). Ironically, though, these very same traits which have endeared Naglfar to so many have left them exposed to the scorn of more extreme-minded black metal fans, who find their more "civilized" approach to be lacking in the necessary misanthropy and unchecked hatred so integral to the genre's ethos. And, well, with the exception of a several blastbeat driven sections within songs like "Breathe Through Me" and "Feeding Moloch," or the particularly bloodcurdling scream launching "The Darkest Road," it won't be Harvest that will change their minds. Nevertheless, if these Swedes and their music don't quite emanate from within the ninth circle of hell, they're close enough to hear the bones crunching in Lucifer's maw -- catch the drift? [Harvest was also released with a bonus DVD.]
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