So, this review is going start out a little icky. Bear with me because I’m trying to illustrate this album as best I can. Imagine if you will that King Diamond, Tim Burton and all of the guys from Dimmu Borgir end up drunkenly making sweet, sweet love to one another. I know. Disgusting, right? I’m sorry. My point is that the hideous love child of the above described coupling is Carach Angren.
Throw the symphonic black metal stylings of Dimmu Borgir, the darkly comedic imagery of Tim Burton (think Corpse Bride or Beetlejuice) and the nightmarish storytelling and makeup of King Diamond into a blender and the resulting smoothie is Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten.
Carach Angren are a pretty good gateway drug into the world of black metal. Musically, they aren’t so extreme as to scare away your average metal listener and their warped fairy tales could pique the interest of fans of horror movies/novels. The latest tale involves a young girl screwing around with a Ouija board. Spoiler: it doesn’t go well for her. Overall, this is a very enjoyable album and should provide good fodder for the live show.
4 flip flops out of 5