Photo by Negakinu
CARACH ANGREN unexpectedly found themselves in the middle of a political row caused by Dutch Christian political outlet ChristenUnie. Party spokesman Henk Stoffels issued a call for the ban of the band’s show at the P60 in Amstelveen on December 24th. He basically claimed the band was “satanic”, and their “demonic music would lead the youth astray”.
In several interviews, CARACH ANGREN clarified: “We are not and have never been a Satanic black metal outfit. We are a horror metal band telling supernatural stories on our albums and during our theatrical live performances.”
The Dutch masters of horror furthermore strongly rejected the accusation that they would lead youth to actions like that committed by Norwegian right-wing terrorist and Christian extremist Anders Breivik as insidiously claimed by Mr. Stoffels. In a sign of goodwill and forgiveness, CARACH ANGREN sent their latest album and a lollipop to the politician.
Dutch media broadly reported the case and unanimously condemned this blatant attack on the freedom of art and speech. A selection of commentary and interviews is provided below.
Powned Video (with comments in Dutch by the band)
Radio 3FM (interview Henk Stoffels)
Het Laatste Nieuws
On previous news, CARACH ANGREN announced that they will be joining FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE on their “King European Tour” in January 2017. The package that has already been a major success in the US in early 2016 will be completed by NIGHTLAND as opening act.
The Dutch master of horror metal and the Italian opera fanatics will kick off their road trip at the Backstage in Munich on January 7th and continue all month to hit 10 more European countries before a final curtain at Haunting the Chapel in the French city of Metz on the 28th of January.
CARACH ANGREN commented: “After three long years and many tours around the globe we are very much looking forward to haunt Europe once again. Make sure not to miss this great billing!”
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE announced: “Needless to say, we are incredibly excited about this. For our first headlining run across Europe we are preparing a whole new show, a unique live experience that will blow your mind! We cannot think of a better way to start the new year.”
+FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE +NIGHTLAND
07 Jan 17 München (DE) Backstage
08 Jan 17 Graz (AT) Explosiv
09 Jan 17 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
10 Jan 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
11 Jan 17 Wien (AT) Arena
12 Jan 17 Praha (CZ) Futurum
13 Jan 17 Cham (DE) LA
14 Jan 17 Zürich (CH) Dynamo
15 Jan 17 Dunkerque (FR) 4 Ecluses
16 Jan 17 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
17 Jan 17 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
18 Jan 17 Paris (FR) Le Petit Bain
19 Jan 17 London (UK) Underworld
20 Jan 17 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
21 Jan 17 Lindau (DE) Vaudeville
22 Jan 17 Annecy (FR) Le Brise Glace
24 Jan 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 2
25 Jan 17 Madrid (ES) Arena
26 Jan 17 Bilbao (ES) Stage Live
27 Jan 17 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
28 Jan 17 Metz (FR) Haunting The Chapel
CARACH ANGREN special X-Mass show
24 Dec 16 Amstelveen (NL) P60
CARACH ANGREN have previously released a sinister video clip for the track “When Crows Tick on Windows” taken from the Dutch latest horror metal masterpiece ‘This Is No Fairytale’, watch below:
CARACH ANGREN commented: “We are very proud to unveil our new visual piece of horror, ‘When Crows Tick On Windows’. This clip will take you through dark, dramatic and sad scenarios accompanying the pitch black story of two children on the run. We would like to thank everyone involved and hope to see you on our current tour through the US and Canada!”
Track & clip: “When Crows Tick On Windows”
Album: ‘This Is No Fairytale’
Video by Rick Jacops / Backstage Film Productions & Carach Angren
Dancers: Myrna van Rens, Eva Rutten, Lonneke van der Meijs, Loes Goumans, Annelieke Schütte-Staal, Karin Groenen
Crew: Julien Wijers, Stefan Wijers, Erik Wijnands, Ria Hendriks
Thanks to: Clemens Wijers Music Productions, Landbouwbelang Maastricht, Arons BV, Victor 4art, Rien Rooden, Stef Jacops, Merith Rooden, Joris Rooden ,Arjen Zuidgeest. Danny Ruland & Jeroen Arons, Chris Jacops, Paul Kops, Boef the Pug, Manon Wischman, Milo Timmermans
“When Crows Tick on Windows” is taken from the album ‘This Is No Fairytale’, which was recorded by Patrick Damiani and CARACH ANGREN during June 2014. The album was mixed by Peter Tägtgren and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren and released on the 23rd of February 2015. The album is still available in various formats from the Season of Mist shop at the link below.
Artwork and track-list are shown below.
1. Once upon a Time…
2. There’s No Place Like Home
3. When Crows Tick on Windows
4. Two Flies Flew into a Black Sugar Cobweb
5. Dreaming of a Nightmare in Eden
6. Possessed by a Craft of Witchery
7. Killed and Served by the Devil
8. The Witch Perished in Flames
9. Tragedy Ever After