Carach Angren - This Is No Fairytale



7.6 | 161 votes |
Release date: 23 February 2015
Style: Symphonic black metal

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01. Once Upon A Time...
02. There's No Place Like Home
03. When Crows Tick On Windows
04. Two Flies Flew Into A Black Sugar Cobweb
05. Dreaming Of A Nightmare In Eden
06. Possessed By A Craft Of Witchery
07. Killed And Served By The Devil
08. The Witch Perished In Flames
09. Tragedy Ever After

Line-up
Ardek - keyboards, orchestration, backing vocals
Seregor - guitars, vocals
Namtar - drums, percussion

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05.01.2015 - 10:20
PanzerPriest
All the albums of this Dutch band were very good. I hope that this one will be even better)
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21.01.2015 - 12:19
Joe Zombie
I listened to the single "There's No Place Like Home" and thought it was total garbage. Terrible lyrics.
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18.02.2015 - 11:47
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Great one, I hope this will be nominated to ms avards
So far great one, I will listen it more
Damn I have bad memories whit this band
They once in 2006 offered download demo and ep from home page, I decide do it tommyrot , and then site wa sunder mainetence and so it never came back as possible to download
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18.02.2015 - 17:45
Rating: 2
Zhazhael
This album sucks...really bored...dissapointed
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20.02.2015 - 16:36
Rating: 7
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
As far as the music goes, it's pretty solid. The guitar work is unmemorable and typical, but the symphonics more than make up for it. It's like modern black metal with a Danny Elfman soundtrack. But the deciding factor for me is the vocals. He definitely has a distinct style that I appreciate for its originality, but he uses such a similar cadence from song to song that I start to loose interest. For all of its theatricality, it lacks range. Am I supposed to find the lyrics funny? Maybe, but the content is so dark and serious that I don't think I should be laughing so much. "her suc-cess-full SUICIDE!" lol. I think it tries too hard to be shocking and loses a lot in the process. I do appreciate the twisted fairytale theme though. They might consider taking a lesson from Sikth's "When will the Forest Speak?". They did the whole one-man-show, grim story-telling first, and the delivery has more range and conviction. They also don't resort to unnecessary swearing to get their point across. I am all for use of foul language if it serves a purpose, but with Carach Angren it just feels like a case of lacking vocabulary and subtlety. Full review here.
Enjoyability=7
Musicianship=8
Innovation=7
Overall=7.3
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20.02.2015 - 23:46
Rating: 9
Svneatr
Vitharr
Hmmm interesting. I personally think this one might be my new favourite from them. I found the story pulled me in more than on the others. It felt almost like an audiobook. Their guitar sound I always found thin on their previous albums but it sounds much more full this time around.

To each their own though.
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23.02.2015 - 10:58
AssailantForce
My first date with Carach Angren and I'm pleasantly surprised because I was half expecting dimmu burger-like symphonies over simple tremelo picked core breakdowns every now and then. The symphonies are all right on the two songs I heard but I like the way the guitars consciously lead/complement the symphony rather than plainly dissolve into the background like most symphonic bands. The vocal delivery hands down blends perfectly with the music and is mighty crazy.
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Written by flightoficarus on 20.02.2015 at 16:36

They might consider taking a lesson from Sikth's "When will the Forest Speak?". They did the whole one-man-show, grim story-telling first, and the delivery has more range and conviction. They also don't resort to unnecessary swearing to get their point across. I am all for use of foul language if it serves a purpose, but with Carach Angren it just feels like a case of lacking vocabulary and subtlety.


I second that^ Sweet example. I'm guessing the simplified lyrics are keeping the fairytale theme in mind but some of the word choices are off-putting and suggests English may not be a language they're most comfortable with.
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23.02.2015 - 17:17
Rating: 7
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Written by AssailantForce on 23.02.2015 at 10:58

My first date with Carach Angren and I'm pleasantly surprised because I was half expecting dimmu burger-like symphonies over simple tremelo picked core breakdowns every now and then. The symphonies are all right on the two songs I heard but I like the way the guitars consciously lead/complement the symphony rather than plainly dissolve into the background like most symphonic bands. The vocal delivery hands down blends perfectly with the music and is mighty crazy.
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Written by flightoficarus on 20.02.2015 at 16:36

They might consider taking a lesson from Sikth's "When will the Forest Speak?". They did the whole one-man-show, grim story-telling first, and the delivery has more range and conviction. They also don't resort to unnecessary swearing to get their point across. I am all for use of foul language if it serves a purpose, but with Carach Angren it just feels like a case of lacking vocabulary and subtlety.


I second that^ Sweet example. I'm guessing the simplified lyrics are keeping the fairytale theme in mind but some of the word choices are off-putting and suggests English may not be a language they're most comfortable with.


That may also be true and is a reason I almost always prefer bands to stick to their native language if they are not fluent speakers.
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23.02.2015 - 18:07
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Carach Angran are Dutch and the language they are most comfortable with is Dutch and certainly not English, even though almost all Dutch people think that their command of English is so perfect.
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24.02.2015 - 11:32
AssailantForce
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.02.2015 at 18:07

Carach Angran are Dutch and the language they are most comfortable with is Dutch and certainly not English, even though almost all Dutch people think that their command of English is so perfect.



Particularly curious in regard to your latter remark - Are you Dutch or have you lived in the Netherlands?

Edit: Ah, I saw your profile. No comments there^
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24.02.2015 - 13:21
AssailantForce
Written by flightoficarus on 23.02.2015 at 17:17

That may also be true and is a reason I almost always prefer bands to stick to their native language if they are not fluent speakers.



This makes sense if you are well versed in that particular native language. If not it is the same thing because the subtlety or the lyrical beauty of a native language/culture maybe lost in translation or sound ridiculous to an outsider anyway.
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25.02.2015 - 00:54
Rating: 6
Kuroboshi
Written by AssailantForce on 24.02.2015 at 13:21

Written by flightoficarus on 23.02.2015 at 17:17

That may also be true and is a reason I almost always prefer bands to stick to their native language if they are not fluent speakers.



This makes sense if you are well versed in that particular native language. If not it is the same thing because the subtlety or the lyrical beauty of a native language/culture maybe lost in translation or sound ridiculous to an outsider anyway.

It depends on who you are trying to appeal to. If you are aiming for a wider audience, let's face it, it's hard to become successful singing in your native tongue (except if yours is English, that is). Of course, there are some shining stars, like Alcest, Moonsorrow, Drudkh, Finntroll (Finntroll is not singing in their mother tongue, though), Finsterforst etc. But in the whole picture of things, they are still pretty small.

Even though I'm Swedish, I generally prefer lyrics in English. For some reason, their easier to relate to.
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25.02.2015 - 07:53
AssailantForce
Written by Kuroboshi on 25.02.2015 at 00:54

It depends on who you are trying to appeal to. If you are aiming for a wider audience, let's face it, it's hard to become successful singing in your native tongue (except if yours is English, that is). Of course, there are some shining stars, like Alcest, Moonsorrow, Drudkh, Finntroll (Finntroll is not singing in their mother tongue, though), Finsterforst etc. But in the whole picture of things, they are still pretty small.

Even though I'm Swedish, I generally prefer lyrics in English. For some reason, their easier to relate to.


I relate to your preference. Also Dir en grey comes to my mind. Sometimes they do use (crappy) english. They're exceptional regardless.
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03.03.2015 - 21:34
Rating: 6
joshsteph
Something just isn't working for me, not even after 3 listens. It seem chaotic, like if they just threw together some riffs without caring about the consistency and here's the album.
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15.03.2015 - 15:33
Rating: 5
God Alone
I hardly got to the last song. There were some really great orchestrations but the rest bored me to death; and holy shit, those lyrics.
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15.03.2015 - 21:43
Rating: 10
FleshRequiem
Impressed with this album. Excellent theatrical lyrics tackling a very grim subject with a more guttural guitar sound and subdued, low key orchestra. Greatly enjoyed this one.
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19.03.2015 - 16:40
Rating: 6
me<3mertl
Can't say I'm amazed.Pretty weak compared to their other work.
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01.04.2015 - 05:04
Kokayne
When they previewed the first few songs I was pretty disappointed but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and hoped the album was better. Then when it came out I couldn't get into it. The guitars seemed too chaotic and the lyrics didn't seem to match up all to well. BUT I forced myself to listen to it all the way through. Then I did it again. I got to say, the more I listen to it, the more I can't put it down. I think the story is great and everything did come together. I can definitely say there isn't a disappointing Carach Angren album.
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12.05.2015 - 10:19
s_t_s
I had to listen to all Carach Angren albums before I could make an opninon on that band. I love symphonic black metal tho but dunno, that band lacks something. I only happen to love Lammendam
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14.05.2016 - 16:59
Rating: 7
Sircheesewhistle
I quite enjoyed the storytelling actually. Last time i checked "fairytales" are written in a more simplistic manner and that's what i'm guessing they were going for here. Even if they sometimes get a bit to serious the music is just awesome.
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04.06.2016 - 23:23
Rating: 8
WayTooManyCDs
After not being overly impressed with their debut album, I decided to give Carach Angren another shot. While Lammendam had its share of good moments, it all blended together for me, and it may well have been my complete disinterest in the lyrics that ultimately made it feel so "samey". This Is No Fairytale may have a more ridiculous story but it is one I find considerably more entertaining. I like how over-the-top they go this time around, foregoing artistry and focusing on a more blunt approach. Also, I've always enjoyed swearing in black metal for some reason so that helps too
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