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News : Premiere: Carach Angren unveil sinister new track, “Charlie”

By on April 26, 2017

Photo: Negakinu

Dutch horror black metal maestros, Carach Angren, are gearing up for the release of their brand new album, Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten, which drops on June 16th this year through Season of Mist.

The band comment:

“We proudly present the next track from our upcoming album ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’ called ‘Charlie’. It will draw you right into the first chapter of an unsettling journey, setting an ominous dark paranormal tone. ‘Charlie’ has everything and more of what you may expect from us: a darkness brought forth by unsettling haunting melodies, piercing riffs, and bloodcurdling storytelling.”

The band has now revealed a malicious first taste of the new album with their single, “Charlie”. Metal Obsession is very proud to present the Australian premiere for the new track below. Check it out!

The Dutch masters of horror are back with their most flamboyant album so far. On ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN are painting musical pictures that easily combine the grandiose depth of a Rembrandt with Van Gogh’s maelstrom of whirling colours and the utter madness of Bosch. This lusciously seductive danse macabre will drag you in and never let go.

CARACH ANGREN have employed all the sonic colours on their palette to dazzling effect. Their trademark whipping guitars are weaving harsh melodies and sinister soundscapes, which are beautifully contrasted by opulent keyboards and majestic orchestrations. That Till Lindemann (RAMMSTEIN) and Peter Tägtgren (PAIN) have called upon the composition talent of Clemens “Ardek” Wijers is a telling sign of his outstanding mastery of the craft. Another signatory counterpoint is provided by Seregor’s fierce rasping and shrieking vocals. Adding to the impact, Namtar has become a relentless driving force with his hart hitting yet intricate drumming. Each track on this album is a highlight on its own, while combined ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’ simply shines.

CARACH ANGREN set out to tell ghost-stories with a set of paranormal cases recorded on the demo ‘The Chase Vault Tragedy’ (2004). This was soon followed by the official release of the ‘Ethereal Veiled Existence’ EP (2005) as a prelude to the haunting ‘Lammendam’ (2008). The Dutch had a clear vision of combining a dark baroque style of metal with horror based lyrical concepts. Their sophomore full-length ‘Death Came through a Phantom Ship’ (2010) witnessed the band setting sail to bring their eccentric and capturing live performances to audiences and festivals all over Europe. In the wake of third album ‘Where the Corpses Sink Forever’ (2012), the haunting had reached the Americas and started to spread rapidly. This recorded added a serious side to the lyrics of CARACH ANGREN. While firmly remaining in the horror genre, their tales revolve around the evils of war. This mature streak was taken a step further with the fourth full-length ‘This Is No Fairytale’, which is on the surface a darker variation of the “Hansel and Gretel” story from the Brothers Grimm collection, but also deals with the too real topic of child abuse in a dysfunctional family.

With ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN are returning to “pure” storytelling with episodes that are centered on a girl playing a little too long with her Ouija board. The Dutch have pushed their unashamedly theatric style to a new intense height. You do not believe us yet? Press play and unleash these radiant ghosts into your home…

‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, out June 16 via Season of Mist



1. Opening (2:17)

2. Charlie (4:10)

3. Bloodqueen (4:55)

4. Charles Francis Coghlan (6:07)

5. Song for the Dead (4:16)

6. In De Naam Van De Duivel (6:29)

7. Pitch Black Box (3:17)

8. The Possession Process (4:27)

9. Three Times Thunder Strikes (5:19)

Total playing time: 41:16


Seregor: vocals, guitars

Ardek: keyboards, orchestra

Namtar: drums

Guitars on tracks 2, 3, 4 written by Seregor

Guitars on tracks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 written by Ardek & Seregor

Bass written by Ardek

Guest musicians 

Nikos Mavridis: solo violin on tracks 3, 4, 9

Patrick Damiani: all guitars and bass guitar

Vocals & keys recording: Clemens Wijers Music Productions, The Netherlands

Drums recording: Abyss Studio, Sweden

Guitars & bass recording: Patrick Damiani, Tidal Wave Studio, Germany

Mixing: Peter Tägtgren, Abyss Studio, Sweden

Mastering: Jonas Kjellgren, Black Lounge Studio, Sweden

Cover art: Costin Chioreanu


Jonathon is an aspiring fantasy/sci-fi novelist and music journalist. Thanks to the influence of the music he grew up with, he has always possessed a keen interest in metal and rock. He is also a huge fan of mythology, legend, and folklore from all across the world. You should follow him on Twitter.