CARACH ANGREN - Death Came Through A Phantom Ship

Carach Angren - Death Came Through A Phantom Ship

9 songs
43:22 minutes
***** ****
Maddening Media

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Carach Angren is a symphonic metal band from the Netherlands which has been active since 2003. In 2008, their debut Lammendam came out and fascinated me without reservations. On their new CD Death Came Through A Phantom Ship, they are consequently continuing on their chosen path. Once again the Dutch have delivered a concept album. On the predecessor, the story was about a ghost lady, this time they opted for the legend of the Flying Dutchman, which is translated adequately by the cover artwork.

Although the three musicians still like to adorn themselves with corpse paint, their music comes across in a much more mature fashion. The album begins with a spoken word intro, but the first regular song The Sighting Is A Portent Of Doom starts a daring journey which reflects the band’s broad spectrum. Carach Angren play most of the time fast, but always so complexly and playful as you would normally only expect from progressive metal bands. They don’t forget to add atmospheres and drama, reminding me at such moments a little of Mekong Delta’s classical music interpretations. Fierce blast beats, orchestral parts and dramatic arrangements are blended spectacularly into a whole. Of course other bands share that approach, but Carach Angren stand out due to their excellent songwriting and impeccable technical finesse. The songs are quite unpredictable, never revealing what comes next. The dark vocals are integrated perfectly into the music.

Death Came Through A Phantom Ship is anything but a sailor’s yarn. Carach Angren have once again managed to create a fantastic symphonic black metal album which should be used as a textbook for future generations. I am already eager about what ghost story the band will surprise us with the next time.

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