"This is stormboot (...) Position 5412-0524 East. This is stormboot , please come in! I repeat - (...) anyone read me?!"
JIJ ZULT VERZUIPEN IN JE EIGEN BLOED!"
Dark, very dark. Carach Angren
is back with their second ghost story "Death Came Through A Phantom Ship
", and this haunting makes you forget the cursed tale of Lammendam
This one is about a ghost ship that belonged to Willem van der Decken. For those who do not know, Van der Decken's ship was also know as "The Flying Dutchmen". Van der Decken was sailing near Kaap de Goede Hoop (Cape the Good Hope), when he decided to set sail into a storm. Here, he said : "Ik zal vaeren, al is het tot in de eeuwigheid". (I will sail, even if it's into infinity.) And right at that moment, the Devil himself appeared infront of him, and said "Gij zult varen tot in de eeuwigheid". (You will set sail into infinity." And so, Van der Decken's men died one by one, apart from Van der Decken himself, who now was cursed to sail the seas forever.Carach Angren
is known for their amazing songwriting, and their music really draws you into the stories they are telling you. Every song is like a chapter, and leaves question for you about what might happen next. We start off with an interlude, of how Van der Decken kills his wife, and how he slowly becomes a mad man.
Throughout the record this story is carried along. And just as with their previous masterpiece, Lammendam, this is a tale you will not easily forget. Haunting keyboards, heavy guitar riffs and a deep bass, it has all that which Lammendam
had, but on a less way. They perfected something that already was perfect.
Also should be noted that the lyrics are amazing. The haunting tragedies written here are simply too good to be put to words. So dramatic and artistic - I am simply stunned. Here's a short example :
May he suffocate, may he rot!
Clamp the bible, close to me,
His book of lies I shall now cast into the sea!
"This is blasphemy!"
Your hold your tongue or rip it out and have your heart for mutiny...
"No! You cannot send us into madness! We shall not obey!"
With my knife I slowly penetrate his tender throat!
I curse and rage : "Godverdomme! Wij zullen varen, al betekent het mijn dood! (Goddamn it! We shall sail, even if it means my death!)"
As you might notice, Carach Angren
uses alot of Dutch lyrics from time to time. This adds that special thing for me that most bands just do not have. I am Dutch myself, so it's fun to hear things like "Godverdomme!" screamed through my speakers.
Musically wise, Carach Angren
deserves the title of "haunting theatric black metal". The overall theatrical feel that this record has is stunning. Never before, not even on their previous album " Lammendam
" I have heard such symphonic music on a black metal CD. Their keyboard player knows how to create the most discomforting, eerie music with his keys. Amazing!
The guitars and bass guitar is as good as always ; heavy and fast. The technique these guys use is something that will blow you out of your chair. Usually on symphonic black metal records the guitars get overpowered by the keyboards, but on "Death Came Through A Phantom Ship
" all instruments work together to create one of the best albums you might ever hear during your lifetime.
Some credit should also go to Namtar for the amazing drumwork he has preformed for us on this record. I already got used to his epic drumming, but on this album he lets it all out, and make this a true black metal experience, even though the symphonic parts have a bigger role here.
And ofcourse, the vocal part of "Death Came Through A Phantom Ship
"! Seregor already sounded like Satan's little helper on "Lammendam", but on his new masterpiece he raised it to the next level. Overall, they sound the same like on their previous album, but on songs like "Al betekent het mijn dood
", you will hear how dramatic, and powerful his vocals really are. He manages to pump fear into your veins with a few sentences.
I think that I can legitimately say that Carach Angren
has made yet another masterpiece. This band deserves more attention than they get now, for this is the most unique symphonic black metal band there is. Do not waste your time or pee in your pants because you are afraid of ghosts, but go out there and get this second Carach Angren
chapter now. Do not waste any time, or be cursed!