CARACH ANGREN [SEREGOR]: Carach Angren has created its own world!

I had a chance to speak with the Dutch horror masterminds Carach Angren about their new upcoming album, horror movies, collaborations, originality and much more. Speaking with the guitarist and vocalist Seregor. Excerpts:

MJM. How are you doing today?

Seregor (CA): I’m doing fine. Thank you very much.

MJM. How did Carach Angren start? Could you tell us the beginning of this horror tale?

Seregor (CA): Well, The Netherlands is a small country. Back in the day in the beginning of the millennium, Ardek and I had our first metal bands. So we found ourselves pretty easily because we had the same taste for music. Ardek was the one calling me one day if I was interested. I declined because I was too busy at the time. Later on he got caught up in a band that needed a singer. They asked me to help out and there Ardek and I where together. Carach Angren started as a project. Ardek told me he had a younger brother who was able to drum. That’s where Namtar came in.

MJM. Your new  album comes out this June 2017. How satisfied are you with the overall initial response to the singles that were out from the album?

Seregor (CA): Very satisfied. I mean you can never please the full 100 % off course but that’s how it works in music and taste. Especially with the complexity in our music. But in general all reactions I’ve seen so far are great for this album.

MJM. Who took over the artworks?

Seregor (CA): We have always worked together with Erik Wijnands when it comes to photography and artworks but on this album we chose to collaborate with Costin Chioreanu who did an amazing job. He’s responsible for our animated horror-lyric videos and his style projects CA in a perfect way.

MJM. How was the studio process this time? Tell us about how it progressed?

Seregor (CA): It went more controlled or streamlined this time. We always work on pre-productions to have an image of how a song should sound for real. We work with different people like Patrick Damiani, Peter Tägtgren and Jonas Kjelgren etc. So actually there are more studios’s involved for recording, mixing and mastering the whole album. This time our brother Ardek took a great responsibility by not only composing but also mixing and recording main parts of the album before it went to Peter Tägtgren. For example; Ardek set up a little studio in his own place to record and edit the vocal parts I was screaming in next door. Our equipment was good enough and it gave us the opportunity to have a certain freedom to experiment with different styles of vocals.



MJM. Some bands do everything in the studio, while others are able to bring raw material into the studio and stick closer to the budget. How do you guys work when writing? Do you write at home or does most of it happen inside the studio.

Seregor (CA): No we definitely write the whole process at home. Off course things can change during the recordings but like said we always work on a pre-production. I literally need to have that song here in my fucking face for weeks and months hehe. I see it as raw statue we work on. It takes time. Like one of my handmade masks. It would cost us a fortune if we had to go into a studio starting from scrap. We could invent some parts during a jam-session. But only if they’re good enough they’ll be taken home to be analysed and dissected like some fucking alien organism. In order to be rebuilt until we are satisfied.


MJM. Each record by Carach Angren has always featured a very complex and brilliant orchestration along with its story telling, how do you work to combine the two elements?

Seregor (CA): Thank you! In most cases we come up with a story and we simply start to compose in its atmosphere. Especially in Ardek’s area there’s much room for instruments in order to make it already sound like the story without any lyrics at that time. If you listen to our second album you’ll hear many sounds associated with a nautical environment. Ghost ships and seas! It’s not that complex. We simply write music as if we’re directing a film. If you’re deep into composing it will take all your time! And I believe that’s the trick. You begin to like what you compose, you’ll fall in love with it until a point it becomes obsessive. You cannot let it go until it’s perfect and that’s the way Carach Angren composes. From musical arrangements, drum rhythms to storytelling.


MJM. How was the overall response to new single Charlie?

Seregor (CA): There was a great response! Before ‘Charlie” we released ‘Song for the dead”. I noticed that some people didn’t know what to expect because this song was not that complex and fast compared to our previous material. But this was a conscious choice. With ‘Song for the dead” we wanted to create a very sickening and emotional atmosphere. No use here for blast beats and aggression. But off course CA will always be a metal band. That’s where ‘Charlie’ came in. ‘Charlie’ has that typical threatening Carach Angren feeling in it. It makes you feel uneasy but powerful in a way. “Charlie” is a perfect first track for this album.


There were hundreds of bands who tried this since the late nineties but we can prove with our albums that Carach Angren has created its own world

Carach Angren – Charlie (official premiere)


MJM. Carach Angren is often linked to bands like Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, etc. What is your opinion about that?

Seregor (CA): That’s understandable because that’s the area of music we come from and these are the bands we grew up with. Since the beginning of our time these bands ruled their scene so when we came up with corpse paint and keyboards we had to prove ourselves. We are simply not the first band who invented this kind of music/image so we had to work hard to create our own unique style. There were hundreds of bands who tried this since the late nineties but we can prove with our albums that Carach Angren has created its own world.


MJM. The production on Carach Angren albums has always been very polished and clear compared to many Black Metal records. How do you work to achieve such perfect balance between clarity and atmosphere? 

Seregor (CA): That’s comes with the style of music. Since the beginning it was clear that Carach Angren is a band that needed a pure sound. We don’t need too much distortion on guitars or delay/ reverb on those vocals. That’s because we have so much to tell in our music. And when you want everything to be heard it can be a challenge for the sound engineer. We always have to make choices because certain melodies can drown within the sounds-spectrum when there’s too much going on. Off course sound engineers will determine how it sounds in the end after mixing/ mastering. But most of it we automatically decide when the writing process begins.


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MJM. Carach Angren’s lyrics have always been one of the very well made.  Who’s the mastermind behind the lyrics of Carach Angren and how are the stories chosen and written ?

Seregor (CA): We come up with appropriate stories all together. If we like a certain tale it starts to grow in our imagination and later we decide if this story works for on album. For ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the RottenArdek and I are responsible for writing the lyrics.


MJM. Now, speaking about the new album. Who came up with the title?

Seregor (CA): That’s a phrase from the track ‘Song for the dead’ written by Ardek.


We are very satisfied with his work because manages to make the album sound really powerful.


MJM. Your new album was recorded in Tidalwave Studios’ and Abyss Studios in Sweden. I understand this is the second time you work with Peter Tägtgren. How was it and what did he bring in musically into the bands sound?

Seregor (CA): It was great as always! I myself never had to be physically present at the Abyss Studios but Namtar and Ardek worked some time with Peter to record the drums. They always come back with fun stories. But Peter did an awesome job. We are very satisfied with his work because manages to make the album sound really powerful. It’s easy to pump up an album and make it sound ‘full’. But its art to make it pounding like a hammer and let the rings, bells and melodies come out perfect at the same time. Peter Tägtgren is simply one of the best sound-artists out there.


MJM. What are your thoughts about the overall metal scene today with streamings, and albums being leaked almost even before they are written?

Seregor (CA): Well it’s the way of the world now and if you take care of business you should be fine. These are the changes you have to go along with anyway. The internet is a great tool to promote your band but off course it has its ups and downs.


MJM. CD sales are dropping and vinyl sales are increasing. Do you find this is a growing problem for you and other bands ?

Seregor (CA): If it would compensate I don’t see it as a problem. These kind of changes can be difficult for bands but I believe that people always want something in their hands. A record, CD, LP whatever. This is a time where you have to stay sharp, release strong albums and keep doing live performances to sell your products.


The guitars are much tighter now, my vocals more controlled and my stage performance became more explosive.


MJM. Carach Angren is known as a three piece band most of time but you have emphasised on using live musicians even without a bass player. What is the reason behind it?

Seregor (CA): We started as Keys (Ardek), Drums (Namtar) and myself on guitars and vocals. We called ourselves ’the triangle’ because we collaborated with different musicians and it never worked out for several reasons. That’s when we decided CA will always be a three piece band. Meanwhile, it became more difficult to combine the guitars and vocals for me and it resulted in an injury. So 2 years ago we decided to permanently use live-guitarists. Luckily we have some good friends, ‘Bastiaan’ and ‘Ludo” who have been doing a great job on it!  The guitars are much tighter now, my vocals more controlled and my stage performance became more explosive.


MJM. Have you ever considered to score a horror movie ?

Seregor (CA): As I speak for myself, I thought about acting now and then and it would be great to have a fitting act. It shouldn’t be that difficult for me being a good ‘bad guy’.


Carach Angren – Blood Queen (Official Music Video)


MJM. Could you tell us about your upcoming tours lined up? What are your plans for Carach Angren in 2017?

Seregor (CA): There are some tour plans but nothing has been confirmed yet so more news on that later. For now we are doing some European festivals in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Finland and Italy.


MJM. Do you have any final words to your fans and followers?

Seregor (CA): Many thanks for your support and see you soon at our show… to Dance and laugh amongst the rotten.


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[STEVEN WUSSOW] XANDRIA: I am a huge Soilwork fan and now Björn is singing on our new album!

XANDRIAGermany’s Symphonic Metal giants have released their latest album ‘Theater of Dimensions‘, via Napalm Records on January 27th, 2017. We are speaking with the band’s bassist Steven Wussow. He had a lot to share about the band’s latest record, writing, members, various collaborations, and the upcoming European Tour among others. Excerpts:

MJM. Thank you for speaking with us. Congratulations with the new release- ‘Theater of Dimensions’. How’s it going?

Steven: Oh, thank you! Pretty busy times at the moment. But that`s the how it has to be right!

MJM. The recent chart positions were fantastic as well! What’s going in your mind? Did you anticipate such a massive response?

Steven: We knew we had a great record but we would have never ever thought of such a positive feedback. As an artist you can just estimate how the people might react on your new record. It is always a bit like fishing in the dark. This is what we hoped for, but you can`t be sure, can`t take anything for granted. I cannot tell you how damn proud we are.

MJM. Even though the first album Kill The Sun released in 2003; the band attracted more fans especially from the Gothic and the Symphonic side. How important has the sound and experimentation played an important aspect since the initial years?

Steven: You know Xandria has never been a band that stood still or recorded the same album over and over again. That doesn’t work for us. For us, the music has to follow a natural evolution. We always try to add some new influences but it still HAS to sound like a typical Xandria song.

MJM. The latest album- Theater of Dimensions, released last month. What makes this album different from the rest?

Steven: Well, it is just the next step in this evolution I mentioned above. That`s pretty much it! I guess “Theater of Dimensions” is the most diverse, the most colourful album we have ever released. There are so many little details that are waiting to be explored on this beauty.


MJM. Personally, how do you think has Xandria moved ahead in terms of musicality?

Steven: After playing together for over 4 years and more than 150 shows you know your skills and those of your fellow musicians. You automatically raise your own level and by this also the level of the band. This is a quite natural development.

MJM. The new album also had various collaborations. Tell us about how you look at collaborating for a particular record.

Steven: We just had a look where a male singer would add some spice to the soup. “We Are Murderers” and “A Theater of Dimensions” were pretty obvious candidates. Actually only those 2 (Björn & Henning) collaborations were planned upfront; the ones with Zaher (“Burn Me”) & Ross (“Ship of Doom”) came more or less together in the studio. All the singers were really happy to join and help us out on “Theater Of Dimensions”. We just had to ask. I still can`t believe that it was so easy. Hey, I am a huge Soilwork fan and now Björn is singing on our new album! How awesome is that?

Watch the video for the track ‘We Are Murderers‘ (We All) (ft. Björn Strid of Soilwork

MJM. What is the normal writing process like? How is it worked out in the studio? Tell us about what goes prior to the writing? Is it all pre-planned or just improvised on spot?

Steven: The creative process in the X-Camp looks in general is like this. Marco collects initial ideas and takes them to our producer Joost, where they work on some very raw demos. Then Dianne joins them to work on the vocal lines. After this those demos are being sent out to the rest of the band so that we can work on our individual parts.  If the basic work is done we head into the studio to record our parts, one after another. So everything is very well planned and well prepared. We are not a band that creates songs out in jam sessions in the rehearsal room. With us everything is a bit more dry and theoretical Hahaha!

Watch the new video for the track ‘Call of Destiny‘ taken from the band’s latest album.


MJM. Has the change of members affected the flow of the band’s process?

Steven: Of course! Every new member brings in her or his own personality. Dianne is a completely different singer than Manu and I am style wise a completely different bass player than Niels was. And you can, as far as I can judge it, definitely hear this too.

MJM. Your European Tour begins next month. How’s the preparation going on for it?

Steven: Oh, well all the preparations are already done. We picked some new songs that will be in the set. We have a completely new stage design. We are good to go! I actually can`t wait to be back on the bus.

MJM. Any plans to return to India?

Steven: Not yet. In 2017, we will be pretty busy here in Europe & the US. Let’s see what happens in 2018.


MJM. All the best for the upcoming days! Thanks for speaking with us.

Steven: I have to thank you! See you somewhere, somehow!

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XANDRIA- Theater of Dimensions [Album Review]

German Symphonic Metal giants XANDRIA have unleashed upon another journey that has astounded listeners with their brand of music! Theater of Dimensions is the band’s newest outing that has amassed their musical ingredients portraying a new story and divulging a fresh concept.

The album sets off with the track ‘Where the heart is home’ that initiates with symphonic pomposity carrying a moody intro that progresses into eerie choral chants and splendid guitar work that sounds thunderous, complimented by an interesting drum pattern. It’s intriguing to see how the band has excelled in amalgamating these elements to create a vibrant song that grows on you. All throughout the album, the band has used massive orchestral work that has stood ground laying the foundation that rocks you out. The melodies have been written so beautifully that it unwraps eventually as each song evolves into something otherworldly. Theater of Dimensions is one of those albums that has surpassed the grandiosity of their previous releases like Neverworld’s End or even Ravenheart to name a few. I think it’s safe to say that.


That’s exactly what astonishes me about Symphonic Metal or any of the sub-genres that go down the line; the soul of the music is mirrored affluently; not to forget the artistic proficiency. Dianne has embraced her vocals. Her operatic passages are perfect! The track ‘We are murderers’ can be easily passed on as the heaviest track in the album. The track also features Björn Strid of Soilwork. The stunning drum pattern has elevated the track by a notch higher. The Folk elements in tracks like ‘Ce’ili’, ‘Burn Me’ are quite welcoming. It’s quite a brilliant transition during the latter half of this album.

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Overall, it’s a perfect album in every department! The album is supported by flawless production, inter-dimensional symphonies, robust vocals and hard hitting dual guitars with sturdy drum work.

Ratings- 90%

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DARK TRANQUILLITY hail from Sweden’s very own Gothenburg Scene, which started out with a bunch of other bands that grew together back since the inception. Dark Tranquillity‘s music is characterised with melodies that you can’t not forget and themes that go beyond realms producing a diverse theatrical sound that shows the aggression of Metal yet retaining the essence of the melodies that go parallel. The band is all set to release their new album- Atoma via Century Media Records this November 4th, exploring a new world with its dramatic portrayal and new themes. We are interacting with the front man Mikael Stanne, talking about music, Scandinavia and much more! Excerpts:

MJM. Back in 1991 Dark Tranquillity put out a demo called ‘Trail of Life Decayed’, how much has the band changed today musically and in terms of production and inspiration?

Mikael: Hopefully a lot! We were basically just kids at that time and we experimented our way into writing songs. We had no experience, just excitement and all the time in the world. Our goal was to make music that no one else was doing at the time and those first step toward being original and new were ofcourse important. Nowadays, we still do that but with 27 years worth of experience it´s both easier and harder at the same time.

MJM. Can you tell us why the band is named as Dark Tranquillity?

Mikael: The first proper song we ever wrote was called “Void of tranquillity” and we were very satisfied with it so we decided to name the band after the song. A week or so later we realised that it might be too pretentious and we renamed to Dark Tranquillity. Which to me represents the place where inspiration and creativity comes from.

MJM. Can you tell us the story behind this particular song ‘Derivation TNB’? What does the name mean? What are the musical and lyrical inspirations for that song?

Mikael: As you might be able to figure it out. Its a derivative of the song “the new build”. We took a lot of the elements from that song such as guitar tracks, keyboards, few vocal lines and looped drums and created a new song from it. It was an experiment that happened late in the recording process and I think it turned out to be a very cool and different track.


MJM. Talking about your new album ‘ATOMA’ is due this November, how is it different than the previous albums musically, lyrically and production wise?

Mikael: I think it´s big step forward in terms of songwriting and emotional content. It was written in a way we have not really done before where we had more time with each individual song already months before recording which I think contributed to the directness of the album and since we once again recorded in Rogue Music studios here in Gothenburg we knew what we were doing and it was a great and creative process.

MJM. Is this a concept album? What is the album about?

Mikael: I wouldn’t say its a concept album but there are some themes that runs through the album for sure. One is intolerance and bigotry, one is insecurity and self esteem. Inspiration in this case has come from just seeing the news about what is going on in the world on a global scale but also in terms of how we treat each other. How it seems we have lost our empathy for one another and this fear that I hear about all the time permeates everything we do and feel. I think we should have overcome these very basic territorial notions by now but it´s seems with each step forward we take two steps back.

MJM. Sounds interesting! How long did this album take to finish from pre- production?

Mikael: A year and a half or more. From the first couple of drafts that Anders J wrote to the final mix day.

Listen to the song- Atoma from the new album:

MJM. Tell us about the artwork for this album.

Mikael: Again Niklas has outdone himself. Once again this came from a conversation me and Niklas had about what we felt the album was all about. We agreed that the themes about human nature were central and we also thought that where we are right now as a band should be represented. So three days after this conversation took place Niklas came up with something that I think perfectly shows this. It´s the nucleus of what we are. The beginning of something new and amazing and it speaks of the mysteries of life.

MJM. Anders Iwers of ‘Tiamat’ has been with the band a lot, mostly for live shows. How did you get in contact with him? Has he been part of this album too?

Mikael: Anders is one of my best friends and we have known hims since before the band started so this was very natural to us. And we couldn’t be happier having him in the band. He did a great job on the album and I cannot wait to go out on tour together for real.


MJM. Will Dark Tranquillity be continuing with Century media? How is it working with them?

Mikael: Yes without a doubt. CM has been great to us ever since we signed with them in ’99. They are true music fans and the have great knowledge about the world of music. We have a great relationship with them in terms of never mutual respect. They trust us to do our best and we do the same with them.

MJM. If you had a chance to tour India with another European band, who would that be? Why?

Mikael: Maybe with some of our friends here in the city like In Flames, Evergrey, At The Gates, Hammefall or Monolord.

MJM. How would you see the growth as a Dark Tranquillity?

Mikael: I see it as steady trajectory that always leads to new and better things. We are fortunate I think to not have peaked yet so to speak. We still have a lot more to do and experience and things just keep improving overall.

MJM. What other musicians/ artists do you admire?

Mikael: So many but my biggest heroes are Rush, in particular the lyrics of Neil Peart.

Watch one of the video for the track Iridium taken from their 2011 album- We Are Te Void

MJM. Coming out of the Scandinavian region or more precisely Sweden’s very own Gothenberg scene, which is relatable to the 80’s Floridan Death Metal or Bay Area Thrash metal from USA; how was the scene back in the days?

Mikael: It was small but very intense and passionate. We were just a few bands but we struggled on and we felt like we were doing something different and that drove us forward. Also there was never any competition, we are all friends and we encouraged each other more than anything.

MJM. How do you see the bands of the current era?

Mikael: I am incredibly proud of all the bands from around here, I try so seek out as many of the new and upcoming bands as I can and the scene here is way bigger and better than it´s ever been I think.

MJM. Any favourite bands from the Scandinavian side?

Mikael: Almost all my favourite bands are from around here actually. Faves include Opeth, Soen, Agusa, Monolord, Swithblade, Evergrey, Wintergatan and Spiritual beggars.

MJM. Tell us what comes to your mind when I mention these-


Syria – People in need of help, assistance and more than anything emphaty.

Religion – the root of most of the problems in the world and something there is absolutely no need for anymore.

Century Media – Passionate music geeks doing great work.

Parallel Universes – It remains a theory and an incredibly interesting one but I hold out for evidence.

European Union – Something I am proud we are part of.

Online Piracy – theft is theft no matter how innocent it might seem.

Family – The most important thing in my life.

Atoma – Togetherness through understanding.

Future – Scary and dark.

MJM. Thanks for speaking with us Mikael! We wish you good luck for new album.

Mikael: Thanks!


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Every week we bring you exclusive premieres that has stunned audiences with new brand of heavy metal music that has been booming up from all parts of the world. Today we premiere Canadian band Anciient‘s track- Ibex Eye taken off the album- Voice of the Void.

Canadian Rock/ Metal outfit ANCIIENTS have released a new song- Ibex Eyes that is rich in it’s melodies and carries a vibe. The track is rich in it’s production and the ambience brought about has pushed the reception a mile ahead.


The growls has added the necessary aggression that has complimented the guitar melodies alongside the clean vocals. This dual vocal combination has definitely embarked upon the grandiosity of the track. The drum pattern has definitely stood ground with it’s gilded tone and pattern. I look forward to how this album would sound.

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Swedish hordes MIST OF MISERY have set out to release one of the most stupefying Black Metal records this year. The band’s full length- Absence is stated to release this August via Black Lion Records. The trio have definitely written one of the most compelling albums. Today, we are exclusively premiering the band’s full length- Absence.

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The band’s music rides high on the aggression of Black Metal that decimates with enthralling melodies and the malignant orchestral work that remains a mystery. It’s not very often that we come across bands that effectuates the catalyst which takes their music a mile further. MIST OF MISERY seems to have perfectly blended the very quintessence of symphonic black metal that is admirable.

Mist Of Misery‘s sophomore album- Absence is a causeway into the world of enigma. The melodies and the stunning guitar works in tracks like ‘Epitaph of penitence’; the mystical atmosphere that is forged in ‘Whistful Twilight’; the charismatic vocals in ‘Mist of Misery’ that demystifies the band’s heading, is a part of what this album channels.

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I have already been flooded with so many Symphonic Metal releases this year and I was quite pleased with them all. After doing the Track Premiere for DELAIN’s Lyric video- The Glory and The Scum taken from this album Moonbathers, I was quite astounded by the band’s sound and esteemed persona. I normally dig this genre and after spinning that track, my expectations were sky high for this record.

Moonbathers is the band’s fifth outing which also marks their tenth anniversary as a band. Like the album title, the concept of this album revolves around negative emotions, darkness; discomfort. The ‘Moon’ here is used as a ‘metaphor’ for finding that ‘light in the darkness’ and how a person can endure the dark moments and triumphantly stand out.


The band has definitely been at large and has not compromised on anything with this record. The flamboyance of the symphonic structures has been well merged with Heavy Metal. The richness that is exemplified through the aura takes this album beyond comparison. All thanks to the terrific production.


The guitars are heavy and add the right amount tone and heaviness with apt breakdowns that often powers the song. The orchestration is what impressed me the most. The larger-than-life picture of what the band aims for with the gargantuan symphonies has been well accomplished.

I can recall bands like Epica, Nightwish, Xandria, Therion to name a few and what makes Delain  special is the sound and the unique conceptualization. I can sense how the band has worked on developing their sound. I am definitely hoping to watch them play live just to experience a majestic, dramaturgic performance.

Recommended tracks include- The Glory and The Scum, Suckerpunch, Pendulum.


Ratings- 95%

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