The Netherlands’ Carach Angren have really stepped up their symphonic metal game on Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten. Their blend of black and symphonic metal reaches heights it has never achieved here, and the entire album is interesting and pummeling. It is loosely woven around the haunting of a girl who has an obsession with an Ouija Board.
“Opening” is a piano/classical intro that is hauntingly delicate. “Charlie” then lets it all loose with blast beats and a string arrangement that is dark as hell. “Blood Queen” picks up the pace amid time changes and a fucking heavy string arrangement. The spoken word segment above children’s voices and cries in the mid section of the song is also scary as hell, pun intended! “Charles Francis Coghlan” starts slow and heavy with guttural vocals intertwined with piano and string arrangements. The song crescendos in an epic, dark ending. “Song For The Dead” begins heavy and slow, and it continues the dark aura. “In De Naam Van De Duivel” picks things up to a frantic pace and has a more traditional black metal feel. “Three Times Thunder Strikes” takes you out of the album in grand fashion. Its galloping pace and string arrangement make this my favorite on the album.
Carach Angren have their best release with Dance and Laugh Amongst the Dead. Their performance here is flawless. It’s everything anyone who is into symphonic metal could ask for!
Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten is out now on Season of Mist. Buy it here!