SepticFlesh + Carach Angren + Naraka
SEPTIC FLESH were formed in the 90’s. After a demo entitled “Forgotten Path” and a Mini Lp entitled “Temple of the Lost Race” they managed to attract the attention of the French label Holly records, gaining access to the wider underground scene.
Their first full length album entitled “Mystic Places of Dawn” was recorded in April 1994 and gained a very positive response. Then came “Esoptron” that was released in June 1995, a dark opus with deep ancient Hellenic musical influences and themes dealing with philosophy and the occult. Two years later, “Ophidian Wheel” was released. Female operatic vocals were added to the formula, with the recruit of Natalie Rassoulis. The neo-classical experimentations gained ground, adding a more theatrical dimension to the band’s sound.
In March 1998, a special release entitled “Fallen Temple” was released, presenting both rare old material (the songs of “Temple of the Lost Race” re-recorded) and new material. A limited EP entitled “D.N.A Choronzone” was released in September of the same year, including the video clip for the song “The Eldest Cosmonaut” and 4 special edition tracks. In June 1999, the band arrived in Sweden to work with Fredrik Nordstrom. The result was “Revolution DNA”, an album with highly addictive material and a more straight forward metal attitude.
The first era of the band was concluded with the release of “Sumerian Daemons” in 2002. It was a turning point to a more brutal and bombastic sound.
The next chapter of SEPTICFLESH (with the two words merged together from now on) begun in 2008, as the band signed with French label Season of Mist and released the classic now, “Communion”. The album was recorded once again at Fredman studios in Sweden, with Fredrik Nordstrom as producer. Music-wise, it was a bold step forwards, as the band having ensured the collaboration of the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague, decided to fully integrate orchestra to its music. Christos Antoniou, having obtained a Master degree in concert music from the London College of Music, was the obvious choice to take care of the classical arrangements.
In 2011 “The Great Mass” followed. This time, the band collaborated with Peter Tägtgren for the production. The songs were heavy and at the same time highly technical and experimental, as the orchestra was used in a more unconventional way, affecting the structure of the songs. The overall result was a Grand dark metal “soundtrack”.
In 2014 the band released “Titan” with Logan Mader as producer. The title of the album pretty much sums up its character. Primordial, menacing and majestic. Besides the steady collaboration with the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague, the band utilized for the first time the Children Choir of Prague, adding an eerie tone to the songs.
After an extended period that the band toured all around the world, a change in the line-up occurred, as Kerim “Krimh” Lechner joined the band, taking the position of the drummer. Months of hard work and experimentation followed, resulting to the 10 compositions of the new album “Codex Omega”. Lyrically and musically, “Codex Omega” is by far the most infernal release of Septicflesh to date. The album was produced by another highly acclaimed metal producer, Jens Bogren. Besides the orchestral side represented once again by the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague, the band utilized traditional instruments as Oud and Duduk and also a 12 string electro-acoustic guitar, enchasing the mystical atmosphere of the compositions. Of course as always “Codex Omega” is dominated by the relentless death guitar riffing and the pale melodies that are the trademark of Septicflesh.
The band signed with one of the world’s leading record labels, Nuclear Blast records.
Band’s comments “SEPTICFLESH has always been a hard working band looking to the future while keeping traditional elements and utilizing a modern and dark feel to our music. We needed someone who would understand this and we are happy to have found our new home with Nuclear Blast. In the meantime, our latest album »Codex Omega« continues to gain ground worldwide. We will keep touring in support of it and prepare for the conquests set before us!”
Nuclear Blast comments: “We at Nuclear Blast are fans huge fans of SEPTICFLESH, and we’re extremely excited to be working with one of the most revolutionary and forward thinking extreme metal bands around. We very much look forward working with the band on their upcoming pieces of sonic art!”
Septicflesh performed with an 140 set piece Orchestra / Choir / Children choir on 2nd of February at the Metropolitan Theater of Mexico City in front of 3200 maniacs. The show will be will be captured on film for a future DVD release by Nuclear Blast.
Carach Angren is a symphonic black metal band from the Netherlands, formed by two members of the now-defunct bands Inger Indolia and Vaultage. Their style is characterized by prominent usage of orchestral arrangements, death metal vocals, and guitar riffs. Their studio albums are concept albums with lyrics based on ghost stories and folklore, such as the Flying Dutchman. The band sets itself apart from other symphonic black metal artists with the usage of multiple languages such as English, French, German, and Dutch. Most songs are based on English, with transitions into other languages during chorus and bridge sections.
Drummer Ivo “Namtar” Wijers quit the group in February 2020, leaving the band with two current members, singer Seregor and keyboardist Clemens “Ardek” Wijers.
The name “Carach Angren” is derived from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and means “Iron Jaws” in the Elvish language of Sindarin. In the Tolkien universe, “Carach Angren” is the name of a fortified pass into North-Western Mordor.
Carach Angren was formed in 2003, in the Dutch municipality of Landgraaf, after two members of Vaultage, Lee Hartney and Inger Indolia, started a side project based on their shared love of legends and black metal. Eventually, Carach Angren was more successful, so both stepped down from Vaultage.
In 2004, Carach Angren released their first EP, The Chase Vault Tragedy. The EP is a concept album, telling the story of mysteriously moving coffins known as the Chase Vault Mystery. In 2005, the band released a second EP, Ethereal Veiled Existence, covering the story of the Brown Lady. In 2007, Carach Angren was signed to Maddening Media, a German independent record label. Carach Angren recorded their first full-length album for this label, Lammendam, which received positive international reviews following its release in 2008.
Their second album, Death Came Through a Phantom Ship, was released on 26 February 2010. To support the album, Carach Angren toured Europe under “A Declaration of Hate” tour, with extreme metal bands Dark Funeral, Zonaria and Nefarium.
On 18 May 2012, the band released their third studio album, Where the Corpses Sink Forever. This concept album covers themes surrounding war, including war, death, and suffering.
On 17 February 2015, the band’s fourth album, This Is No Fairytale was available for streaming on Metal Hammer. The album was officially released on 23 February 2015. The album is a modern interpretation of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale with themes of domestic abuse, drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual child abuse, suicide, child abduction and cannibalism.
On 16 June 2017, their fifth studio album, Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten, was released. This album diverges from the previous “storytelling” theme of the previous albums, but remains a concept album, with ghost themes, including the Blood Queen and Charles Francis Coghlan.
On 10 February 2020, drummer Ivo “Namtar” Wijers left the band. According to him, the departure was motivated by “dissatisfaction with the music industry”. Seregor and Ardek posted the announcement on the band’s official website, revealing that the exit was a friendly one, saying, “Although we are very sorry for your departure, we respect your decision”.
In late 2019 the band announced they had begun work on a sixth studio album, scheduled to be released in mid-2020. Its name and release date were unveiled on 20 February 2020; Franckensteina Strataemontanus. The album is a concept album inspired by the life of Johann Konrad Dippel, and was released through Season of Mist on 26 June.