Rating:
8.5
Carach Angren - Where The Corpses Sink Forever
18 May 2012


01. An Ominous Recording
02. Lingering In An Imprint Haunting
03. Bitte Tötet Mich
04. The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist
05. Sir John
06. Spectral Infantry Battalions
07. General Nightmare
08. Little Hector What Have You Done?
09. These Fields Are Lurking (Seven Pairs Of Demon Eyes)


After listening to one track from Where The Corpses Sink Forever I was slightly disappointed and apprehensive about the rest of the record. The song was "Sir John" and while I didn't find it bad, it simply sounded too similar to their previous works. I delayed picking up the album but after a few months I could wait no longer and now, after several weeks of sinking my teeth in and digesting Where The Corpses Sink Forever I can confidently say, Carach Angren has done it again!

As it turns out "Sir John" proved to be one of the weaker tracks of the album, with multiple other songs on the album providing what I was looking for - something a little different. I can't really say this album breaks any huge ground for the band, because for the most part it's the same Carach Angren with a new theme, but the change is in the subtleties and there is just enough new features to keep fans happy.

For one, the theme is obviously different and takes us out of the distant past and into the modern age, with a concept of WWII. Where The Corpses Sink Forever still has many moments of Carach Angren's trademark storytelling lyrics, seen contrastingly cheesy to some and epically awesome to others. But if it's any consolation to those of the former mindset, the theme of WWII at least brings the lyrics a little closer to home and helps provide a more serious tone to the album and besides that, WWII is f***ing cool!

Musically it is very similar to their past efforts but there are also some minor changes made. They seem much more comfortable with tempo changes and don't constantly stick to their mono-speed tempo of the "Lammendem" days. Also they added a very special treat with "Bitet totet mich" and "The Funerary Dirge of a Violinist" both instrumentally and lyrically sounding like symphonic SDBM during their breakdowns.

Where the Corpses Sink Forever does not fall too far from the black and haunting Carach Angren tree. But there are just enough new ideas to keep the band from stagnating. The WWII theme rides a fine line between serious and gimmicky, falling over on either side at times but it is still the first time they crossed over to the serious side at all. It should undoubtedly satisfy dedicated fans and casual listeners should be able to pluck at least a few gems from the album.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Carach Angren
Album: Where The Corpses Sink Forever


 


written by AngelofDeth | 04.10.2012


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Vermoorden - 04.10.2012 at 08:07  
Good review, basically sums up the way I felt about it too. Although I preferred the steedy tempo of lammendam, I do love the new work these guys are putting out.
AngelofDeth - 04.10.2012 at 08:51  
Written by Vermoorden on 04.10.2012 at 08:07

Good review, basically sums up the way I felt about it too. Although I preferred the steedy tempo of lammendam, I do love the new work these guys are putting out.

Thank you! trying to do more reviews so its great to hear feedback.

I also think Lammendem is the best of all their albums but these other two have their pluses as well.
Windrider - 04.10.2012 at 20:17  
Nice review, well done! I agree with you about Sir John, my favourite is The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist, an outstanding and awesome song!

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