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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Written by-

Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor/ Owner)

DIMMU BORGIR [SILENOZ]: Either you sit back, mourn and complain about it or you take the bull by the horns.

DIMMU BORGIR have been active for around 25 years and are still going strong. The year 2017 is their official year of comeback with two back to back releases. The DVD- Forces of the Northern Night and the upcoming new album. We managed to get hold of Silenoz, the band’s founder/ guitarist/ writer/ lyricist for this special interview to get a sneak peek of their upcoming albums, tour life, the problems that they have faced so far with the releases, the friendship that he shares with other band members and much more. He is a man of many laughs and has adapted to changing times, musically and personally. Excerpts:

MJM. First of all, thank you so much for having us do this interview today amidst your busy schedule! How are you?

Silenoz: Thank you! It’s all a pleasure! Things are going pretty good! A lot of promotional activities at the moment but its all good to go because of the DVD. You know, it’s really great to hear people’s feedback. It’s very positive, so far.

MJM. The new Live DVD ‘Forces of the Northern Night’ has garnered a massive response over the last few weeks. How does it feel now?

Silenoz: It feels great to come back in a way. I guess you can call 2017, a comeback year for us. Yeah, it feels great to have something to show even if the DVD in that sense is old material but at the same time, I justify the release because they are two biggest shows we have ever done and if we are not allowed to document and release that then I don’t know what you are supposed to do, hahahah!


MJM. What was the reason that it took so long for the band to return with this release? Any particulars for having this long gap?

Silenoz: Well, I can give you tonnes of reasons for this, really. This is really going to sound like excuses to some. So I am going to refrain from that. But no, I mean, the Oslo’s show was supposed to be out on the same year as the DVD of course but things took so long. All different types of bureaucracy, paper work, legalities, logistics, you name it. Before you knew it, we already had done the Wacken show and then we decided that we should include both in the special release and we started working towards that. Then we had some more hang ups and some of us became fathers for the second and third time and time just flies by, you have some touring between. See now, I am already trying to come up with excuses right? Hahahahaha!

But I mean, the main thing now is that we found it, got it out and once we got the idea of the time frame for the new album release, we figured that it was okay to keep the DVD release a bit closer to the release of the new album, so that we don’t have the bigger gap as we already had. It’s also a stretch but we are trying to find out and working at our best. I guess there is no really given answer for that these days in the business.

MJM. Was it pre-planned to have the two releases consecutively or did it happen as time passed by? 

Silenoz: Well, it a bit of both I guess, since we had the idea that 2017 would be the year which the new album would be out and so we moved the DVD release to this year as well. So we started as a way to introduce us back to people’s conscience.

After existing for so many years, we have gone through so many ups and downs within the band!

MJM. The DVD focuses primarily on two of the most epic performances- one shot in Oslo, Norway with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the other in Wacken Open Air- 2012 with the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra. How did the idea of having real orchestra for these performances come about?

Silenoz: It came in early 2009, when we were working on the Abrahadabra album. The orchestra from Norway approached us actually about this idea of doing this show together and of course that’s a great opportunity because it’s usually the other way around. But they had a couple of initiatives in the orchestra and also in the company and about doing a huge show in Norway and then we said, “Wow, that’s a great opportunity”. As a matter of fact, we were working on the new album now and we were thinking about incorporating the orchestra again. They were interested in that too. So we did swap things there you know. So that’s how it came about hahah! They came and played in our album first and that’s how the planning of the show in Oslo happened. That’s how it all started basically.


MJM. You and Shagrath are the only original members in the band so far. How has the change of line ups affected you as a band?

Silenoz: First of all, I have to admit that it of course sucks to change personnel’s within the band and it’s not something new for us but after existing for so many years, we have gone through so many ups and downs within the band. To me personally, sad to say that it’s a normal thing but I think you have two ways to approach it, either you sit back, mourn and complain about it or you take the bull by the horns and to make the best out of the situation. I always try to do the last option, I think it has made the band better in every possible way and I feel that we are stronger, even if we haven’t been touring and playing live for several years now, I feel that as a band, with what we have accomplished so far, we are going to be stronger and better. So, yeah haha!

MJM. Besides, ‘Dimmu Borgir’ is turning 25 years old next year. How excited are you?

Silenoz: I feel excited and at the same time, 25 years sounds so old and at the same time, I don’t feel that old. I know that I am old but it doesn’t feel that long. Not many artists are that old, doesn’t matter which genre that you play. Especially after going through so much bullshit that we have gone through. It’s just a testament to our perception, consistency and stubbornness I guess, haha!

We feel really confident about the new album!

MJM. So let’s talk about the new upcoming album. Apart from the live DVD, the band also announced a brand new album post summer. What’s it going to be like?

Silenoz: It’s going to be our best. You might have heard this a 100,000 times but yes! If I didn’t say that people will assume that it might be a good album but maybe not as good as some of the other albums, and then it just wouldn’t sound bad, would it? Hahaha! It’s not a lie, I honestly believe that we have done our best album to date and I think also if we don’t have that approach to it, the confidence and belief that you have done your best performance, the best song writing etc.,

Then I don’t see any reason why I should release the new album because then you would be faking it. It wouldn’t have the same impact so yeah, we feel really confident about the new album and it’s really close. We had already been working on the new material already, we are still not tired of the songs and that’s a good sign, isn’t it? Hahaha!


MJM. Can we expect a new single any time soon?

Silenoz: Well, we are still in the early process of marketing schedule idea, I suppose. We still haven’t agreed on which single or video to put out but we are coming to this very soon. The release date is of course too early to say but of course it’s early/ late fall. The wait looks good now anyway. Yeah, there are a lot of stuffs that need to be done but still the main thing is in the vault and that is the recording.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be negative but it’s about exploring the stuff internally….

MJM. What is the concept behind this album, as most of Dimmu’s lyrics are highly philosophical and carry a deep meaning to it?

Silenoz: Yes, I feel that talking about the lyrics in depth would not make sense for anyone else but me. So, I would say that for each album, while  writing the lyrics, it’s a deeper dive into the rabbit hole. Once you have opened the lid to the rabbit hole, there’s no turning back, really. So, it’s hard to describe in the sense really, in the sense I would say that we have great lyrical content this time around too and I am proud of it. I feel that the main topic of it is dealing with your darkness and your inner self and everything else that’s dark around you. It doesn’t necessarily have to be negative but it’s about exploring the stuff internally within you that excites you that scares you, and I don’t if you have this perspective on reality as well but you know, once you go back and forth, between different dimensions and parallel worlds.

We have different worlds to see and we have the unseen worlds and if you accept this fact, at some point, everybody I think will do that even if you are 90 years and lay on your deathbed. Some people will wait until then to accept that. I feel that this is the way that I am trying to describe this dynamic. You know, going back and forth, exploring, discovering, things within your own darkness, stumbling around and understanding yourself and what’s going on around you.

MJM. You do realize that you just gave us a good insight of the album, right?

Silenoz: Hahahahahahah! Yeah, I guess I did (laughs).


MJM. Are there any special features or guest appearances to it?

Silenoz: Yes, not major I guess. We still used the same choir that we used on the DVD and we have of course, used choir samples as well, mixed in. We don’t have a live orchestra playing the orchestral parts but we do utilize real orchestral samples. I think, certain parts on the album would sound even more orchestral even more than they did on the previous album. That would give you idea.

MJM. Musically, the band is primarily Symphonic Black Metal but unlike most Black Metal bands, Dimmu Borgir has used various styles into it. Was there a particular reason for implementing such styles?

Silenoz: I think, it wasn’t really a previously planned thing; it wasn’t even a conscious decision at all. The only thing that we felt we needed to do, when we started the band was to name it unusually. We needed a band name that sticks out, sounds mysterious and that has a mysterious meaning, that has a background and that describes the feeling that we started out, making our own themes and songs and parts. We need a band name that could compliment the sound that we are creating. So that’s how it came about really. We are obviously inspired by the Black Metal background, in addition to that we needed to find our own darkness and try to find our own way and self.

Even the haters, I am really grateful for them. They keep mentioning our name all the time, you know hahaha!

MJM. Since the ‘Puritanical’ album, the band was known to have a lot of experimentations, which also gave way to a lot of fans and haters. How did you deal with this sort of a diverging reaction back then?

Silenoz: Well, of course it’s frustrating to see such comments on social media from people who have no fucking clue, whatsoever but then again, are you going to let those people steal that kind of energy? At least, not now when you are getting older. People are entitled to their own opinions, whether it’s based on literal ignorance or not. It doesn’t really matter because you know what you are doing and you know what’s going on. I mean, we are the members of the band for fuck’s sake. We know what’s going on at all times, hahaha! We don’t have to justify anything to anybody. I am really proud actually, that we seem to be one of those bands that people cannot be indifferent about. Either they love us or they hate us. Even the haters, I am really grateful for them. They keep mentioning our name all the time, you know hahaha!

MJM. So I guess, it all comes back to the same point then.

Silenoz: Exactly! Hahahahahah!


MJM. As a band, how do you deal with criticism? How has it played a role in changing your approach to music?

Silenoz: It just makes us more stubborn and more confident in what we do as artists and song writers because for me the new album, is going to be released in few months from now but it’s already a success, you know because we are happy with the album. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate it when people love our newer albums but when people don’t, that’s fine too. I know what I have been part of and that we have done our best and we couldn’t have done it better. It makes certain arguments, invalid in a way hahaha!

MJM. So let’s talk about the tours and shows lined up for this year. Tell us about it.

Silenoz: It feels great to go into that part of the band again to be playing live and also to places that we haven’t been to, like India. We have got offers though but I guess it comes to the fact that we are also not a typical plug and play band you know. We also want to put on a proper show because we are not a heavily touring band, so when we do something, we really wanna make sure that we do something big. The DVD release is a good testament you know. I am really looking forward to exploring other countries and Asia especially and other parts of the world as well. I think that’s going to be a possibility now with the new album.

MJM. Would you like to say anything for your fans?

Silenoz: I am grateful for their patience and support! They have been waiting for a long time. So have we. It’s just been really frustrating, in the sense, we know, what we have been working on and we just can’t wait to reveal it. They just have to wait a little bit longer and then we can celebrate the new album and before that we can definitely have the DVD! Looking forward to meet everyone!


MJM. Well then, thank you so much Silenoz! It was great to interact with you. All the best for your upcoming releases!

Silenoz: For sure man. Thank you so much! Will see you in India, soon!

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Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine– Owner/ Chief Editor)

DIMMU BORGIR: New trailer for ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ DVD!

The first trailer for “Forces Of The Northern Night”, the highly anticipated double DVD from Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is available below. Due on April 14 via Nuclear Blast, the set will contain two of the band’s live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band’s unique visuals.

DIMMU BORGIR‘s remarkable and atramentous stage show has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mindblowing aural delight per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band’s discography — from the majestic finisher “Mourning Palace” — which can be seen below (footage from the Wacken show) — to the stomping manifesto “Puritania” and the haunting “Gateways”.

“For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far,” says DIMMU BORGIR frontman Stian Thoresen (a.k.a. Shagrath). “As a band, we’ve always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven’t been able to use a real orchestra. We’ve had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us.”

In addition to the two concerts, “Forces Of The Northern Night” will include a bonus documentary feature.

DIMMU BORGIR‘s May 28, 2011 concert at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, which is included on “Forces Of The Northern Night”, featured a special setlist with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir, who were musical guests on the band’s ninth studio album, 2010’s “Abrahadabra”. The show was professionally filmed and was broadcast as part of a one-hour documentary in June 2011 on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company and the largest media organization in Norway.

In an interview with Scuzz TV, DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) stated about the experience of performing with an orchestra: “It was, of course, really special, especially since it was in Oslo, and a lot of people traveled in for the show from all over the world. And everything went great on stage for once. When you have a hundred people on stage, the percentage of something going wrong is definitely there, but it was really, really good.” He added: “You think your band is professional, then you play with an orchestra, and then you know, ‘Oh, we’re not so professional after all.'”

DIMMU BORGIR last year extended its partnership with Nuclear Blast. The band’s tenth album is tentatively due before the end of 2017.

DIMMU BORGIR‘s most recent touring lineup included Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.

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