The Dutch masters of horror Carach Angren are back with their 6(66)th full length ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus’! The new monster will be released on May 29, 2020 via Season of Mist. A first glimpse of music can be found in a teaser at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YyXEfeH9qw&feature=youtu.be
Carach Angren comment: “We are very proud to announce the release of our upcoming sixth album, ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus’. On this album we resurrect the ghost of the infamous Johann Conrad Dippel and tell his story in a whirlwind of both horrible facts and fiction. Musically, there will be everything you have come to expect from us, taken to a whole new cinematic level. Get a taste of what is coming in the teaser below and prepare yourselves for the unearthing of our most ambitious album to date!”
Carach Angren are furthermore releasing the cover artwork, which is created by Stefan Heilemann, and track list of ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus’. Both can be be viewed below.
Track list: 1. Here in German Woodland (01:35) 2. Scourged Ghoul Undead (05:38) 3. Franckensteina Strataemontanus (03:03) 4. The Necromancer (04:08) 5. Sewn for Solitude (03:52) 6. Operation Compass (06:00) 7. Monster (03:33) 8. Der Vampir von Nürnberg (06:00) 9. Skull with a Forked Tongue (05:56) 10. Like a Conscious Parasite I Roam (08:16) Bonus: 11. Frederick’s Experiments (02:40) Total playing time: 50:41
The Dutch masters of horror are back with their most flamboyant album so far. On ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus’, Carach Angren resurrect the gruesome story of troubled soul ‘Conrad Dippel’; the inspiration of Mary Shelly’s novel ‘Frankenstein’.
Carach Angren have extended all the sonic colours on their established 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 ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus ‘ 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 record 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’ (2017), the band returned to pure story telling with episodes that are centred on a girl playing a little too long with her Ouija board.
Now, Carach Angren return with the monster ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus’, where the Dutch have pushed their unashamedly theatrical style to a new intense height. You do not believe us yet? Press play and have your soul transferred with this new elixir of life!
Recording line-up: Seregor: Vocals , guitar / Ardek: Keyboard, orchestra, guitar, bass, backing vocals / Namtar: Drums / Guest musician: Nikos Mavridis: Solo violin on tracks 5 & 10