Release date: 26th June 2020||Genre: Horror black metal||Label: Season Of Mist
If this isn’t your introduction to Carach Angren, you’ll already know to expect something unusual. Their cinematic take on black metal has set them apart from their peers for a long time now. Every song is a story of various horror. Every album an dark compendium.
In keeping with this tradition, Frankensteina Strataemontanus is a bizarrely delightful masterpiece of instinctive evil. Relying not on what is typically considered most malevolent in metal, but on primally unsettling, self-curated tones, this is an instant extreme music classic. The Dutch outfit have pushed the audio theatrics to new levels like never before. The horror is well and truly driving the coach, with black metal being carried along as more of a passenger.
Without the heavier vocals, this album could actually be taken straight to the screen, amplifying the atmosphere of some twisted 19th century tale of terror. I could also see it being toured alongside Anaal Nathrakh’s A New Kind Of Horror. They don’t sound the same, but the thinking behind both seems to share something, breaking out of the bounds of extreme metal. From orchestration to composition, everything is wide open to the best possible options.
A collision of metal’s darkest and bombastic storytelling, this release should be approached with an open mind. If you can do that, the rewards are great indeed. This was, after all, the aim of the alchemical character who was the impetus behind the recording.