I first saw these guys when they were on tour with Children of bodom. Their set was super theatrical, and while I wasn’t immediately taken aback, it was enough to get me to check them out after that night.
I started with their newer video at the time (Charles Francis Coghlan). It was pretty interesting. Normally I’m not a huge fan of any sort of black metal, but I was intrigued. So I checked out their newer album, Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten. After my first full listen I was hooked. It features tons of movie horror themes and feels like the equivalent of movies like The Conjuring. The music itself leans heavily on the orchestral side, but the bass, guitars, drums and vocals help bring a pretty solid chill to the atmosphere of it all.
A hundred listens later, and after not being able to get into their other records, this single album alone was enough for me to go see them again on their next visit. There I grabbed a copy of it on vinyl and was lucky enough to get the members’ signatures on it.
If you’re looking for a metal album that checks of the boxes of a retro-modern horror film, this will definitely float your boat. Even if you’re not, I strongly recommend giving it a spin.