Carach Angren / Wolfheart / Thy Antichrist / Nevalra
Carach Angren is a symphonic black metal trio from the Netherlands whose sound is rich in texture, orchestration, and dynamics, often utilizing string players to highlight their intense meld of guitars, drums, keyboards, and multi-lingual vocals. All of their recordings are concept albums and feature a carefully produced aesthetic that weds dynamically arranged strings in faux-classical style with furious blastbeats, buzzing guitars, and harsh vocals. They call their own music "horror metal," though fans would disagree given the sheer depth and detail in their musical storytelling. The band's name comes from J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy -- "Carach Angren" is an Elvish Sindaren phrase that directly translates to "Iron Jaws" and signifies a strongly held pass into Mordor. After a pair of EPs and two previous albums, they cut their Seasons of Mist debut Where the Corpses Sink Forever in 2012, highlighting their mature style; it broke through to wider audiences in the United States as well as South America and Asia.
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