[Intro by James] Just under a week ago, Aoife had the chance to have a chat with dutch horror metallers Carach Angren at their show with Fleshgod Apocalypse in London. As well as discussing plans for the future, amongst other things, she discussed how the name of the band came about. Read on for further details…
How’s the tour been so far?
It has been a good and successful tour. It is our third time touring with Fleshgod Apocalypse. We are playing sold out venues, we have good fans and good food!
It is very hard to say what the highlights have been so far. Yesterday and today the crowds were amazing, however in Holland the crowds there were very sober and were not really getting into it. Now though it seems that the crowds are really feeling our music. It is very difficult to say exactly though!
How was the band formed?
We all knew each other in Holland and we were all in a band called Vaultaga, and we were a mix between Black and Thrash Metal. I was asked to do the vocals for the band, and it became a project, which later turned into Carach Angren, with me Namtar and Ardek.
My first band formed when I was around 16 or 17 years old, and I was into a lot of Tolkein literature. I found that there were a lot of cool names, within the books, such as ‘Gorgoroth’ (which was already taken), and I found Carach Angren, which I really liked the sound of, but the others disagreed, so it was laid to rest. Several years later I was cleaning out some drawers, and I found a page with ‘Carach Angren’ written on it, and I decided to stick with it.
The latest release This Is No Fairytale touches on slightly darker subjects than previous releases. What inspired you to write this darker material?
Normally our albums are based upon ghosts and hauntings, like we always do. ‘This is No Fairytale’ follows the idea of stories such as Beauty and the Beast, but we used the story of Hansel and Gretel, which we started to work on. We wanted to re-write the story to fit with a more realistic ideology behind it. The whole album is about the story of Hansel and Gretel, so for that reason we had no room for ghost stories.
A lot of black metal tends to focus on topics such as Satan. What made you decided to focus on horror instead?
It’s because it has been done so many times, and with the addition of keyboards it allowed us to keep things simple, which is what we wanted, unlike Dark Funeral and Watain. We also want to tell people stories and tales. Also we feel that we can add more ingredients into our work by not following Satanic themes.
What are your plans for the future?
Our new album is written and it follows our previous albums about ghosts and hauntings. We are now back to demonic hauntings, the album starts off with ghosts then at the end finishes with demonic hauntings.
Pictures by Katie Frost Photography