Roel de Haan : Starting from humble beginnings but three albums in Carach Angren became a renowned name within the symphonic black metal world. So now their fourth album ‘This Is No Fairytale’ is upon us it has some serious expectations to meet. Lets just start by saying that these expectations are met quite convincingly.
‘This is No Fairytale’ sees Carach Angren continuing in their style they more or less perfected on ‘Where The Corpses Sink Forever’. Technical and relentlessly fast drumming, pounding thrashy guitars and the ubiquitous keyboard-lacing they’re known for. Theatrical but aggressive, melodic but vitriolic, Carach Angren thrives on contrasts and dynamic shift in tempo and mood. However, I do feel that the album suffers from the relative interchangeability of the songs. They all well written and performed perfectly, but none of the tracks really stand out like ‘Lingering In An Imprint Haunting’ or ‘The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist’ did on ‘Where The Corpses Sink Forever’. This minor qualm aside, Carach Angren again delivers top-notch symphonic horror black metal and comes highly recommended.