The Dutch Horror Metal band released their demo The Chase Vault Tragedy in 2004 which was swiftly followed by the Ethereal Veiled Existence EP in 2005 before the 2008 Lammendam and Death Came through a Phantom Ship in 2008 and the third album Where the Corpses Sink Forever in 2012, the fourth album This Is No Fairytale and Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten in 2017. Now we have Franckensteina Strataemontanus, based on the story of Conrad Dippel, the inspiration behind Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, so what have the Theatrical Horror Metal managed to create this time?
As soon as the album begins, a narration follows full of the sounds of birds and happiness, but that doesn’t stay for long as the darkness falls and the music turns, the feeling of something horrific arrives and as ‘Here in German Woodland’ finishes and ‘Scourged Ghoul Undead’ begins, the dramatic Horror Metal begins with its striking music and the very Black Metal vocal. The lyrics follow this theme and music feels like it could easily be the soundtrack to a musical, with an orchestral section on top of the riffing guitars and the pummeling drums.
This feeling flows through the album, in somewhat a concept formation and the story is noticeably clear. The music is flamboyant and dark at the same time as the sinister edge weaves its way through everything that the album has to offer. The Metal side of the album is no doubt strong throughout, with the additions being extras that make the power of Metal stand out even more than it may have done without.
Franckensteina Strataemontanus is an album that is as fun to listen to as the disturbing the lyrics are. Musically it is amazingly striking, and I struggle to imagine anyone not enjoying it. The combination of Metal with other less traditional instruments is extremely well done and the result is stunning. My advice would be to press play and enjoy being taken on the detailed and well-executed Metal Horror story, you won’t regret it but may struggle to sleep!!
Franckensteina Strataemontanus is released Friday 26th June 2020 via Season of Mist.
1. Here in German Woodland (01:35)
2. Scourged Ghoul Undead (05:38)
3. Franckensteina Strataemontanus (03:03)
4. The Necromancer (04:08)
5. Sewn for Solitude (03:52)
6. Operation Compass (06:00)
7. Monster (03:33)
8. Der Vampir von Nürnberg (06:00)
9. Skull with a Forked Tongue (05:56)
10. Like a Conscious Parasite I Roam (08:16)
11. Frederick’s Experiments (02:40)
Total playing time: 50:41