Mors Principium Est, Wolfheart, Awaken Cthulhu, Gutted Christ
1545 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The Dutch masters of horror are back with their most flamboyant album so far. On ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN are painting musical pictures that easily combine the grandiose depth of a Rembrandt with Van Gogh's maelstrom of whirling colours and the utter madness of Bosch. This lusciously seductive danse macabre will drag you in and never let go.
CARACH ANGREN have employed all the sonic colours on their palette to dazzling effect. Their trademark whipping guitars are weaving harsh melodies and sinister soundscapes, which are beautifully contrasted by opulent keyboards and majestic orchestrations. That Till Lindemann (RAMMSTEIN) and Peter Tägtgren (PAIN) have called upon the composition talent of Clemens "Ardek" Wijers is a telling sign of his outstanding mastery of the craft. Another signatory counterpoint is provided by Seregor's fierce rasping and shrieking vocals. Adding to the impact, Namtar has become a relentless driving force with his hart hitting yet intricate drumming. Each track on this album is a highlight on its own, while combined 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten' simply shines.
CARACH ANGREN set out to tell ghost-stories with a set of paranormal cases recorded on the demo 'The Chase Vault Tragedy' (2004). This was soon followed by the official release of the 'Ethereal Veiled Existence' EP (2005) as a prelude to the haunting 'Lammendam' (2008). The Dutch had a clear vision of combining a dark baroque style of metal with horror based lyrical concepts. Their sophomore full-length 'Death Came through a Phantom Ship' (2010) witnessed the band setting sail to bring their eccentric and capturing live performances to audiences and festivals all over Europe. In the wake of third album 'Where the Corpses Sink Forever' (2012), the haunting had reached the Americas and started to spread rapidly. This recorded added a serious side to the lyrics of CARACH ANGREN. While firmly remaining in the horror genre, their tales revolve around the evils of war. This mature streak was taken a step further with the fourth full-length 'This Is No Fairytale', which is on the surface a darker variation of the "Hansel and Gretel" story from the Brothers Grimm collection, but also deals with the too real topic of child abuse in a dysfunctional family.
With ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN are returning to "pure" storytelling with episodes that are centered on a girl playing a little too long with her Ouija board. The Dutch have pushed their unashamedly theatric style to a new intense height. You do not believe us yet? Press play and unleash these radiant ghosts into your home…
Mors Principium Est
In 1999, Mors Principium Est was established by singer/lead guitarist Jori Haukio, guitarist Jarkko Kokko and keyboardist Toni Nummelin. Drummer Mikko Sipola joined in late 1999, soon followed by the arrival of new vocalist Ville Viljanen in early 2000 when Jori decided to focus on his guitar work. With the first demo “Before Birth” released in 2001, and after Listenable Records became interested, bassist Teemu Heinola was appointed.
One year and two demos later, Mors Principium Est signed a three-album contract with Listenable Records in 2002. Their debut album, "Inhumanity" was recorded and mixed by Ahti Kortelainen in Finland at Tico-Tico Studios, and mastered at Finnvox Studios. The album was released in 2003.
The second album, "The Unborn" was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios, and mastered at Finnvox Studios. The album was released in 2005. Following the release, the band played at Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles Six-Pack Metal Festival in Cleveland, USA, their first gig outside Finland.
Their Listenable Records contract was completed by their third album “Liberation = Termination” released in 2007. The album was recorded in many locations, including Astia Studios, and was mastered at Imperial Mastering in California, USA.
Between 2007 and 2011 there were a series of line-up changes which led to a hiatus. In 2011 the band announced that they would search for members worldwide. After over 200 applications, Andy Gillion from the UK was found as main songwriter and lead guitarist, to feature alongside Ville, Teemu, and Mikko.
In 2012, The band signed to German record label, AFM Records, alongside Marquee Records (Japan), and Truth Inc Records (Australia). Following this, the fourth studio album, "...and Death Said Live" was released, mixed and mastered by the legendary Thomas 'Plec' Johansson at the “The Panic Room”, Sweden. In 2013 the band began to tour again, starting in South Korea and Japan, as well as an European tour with The Agonist.
“Dawn of the 5th Era” was released in 2014, mixed and mastered again by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson at the “The Panic Room”, Sweden. After the release of the album, the band played, for example, Summer Breeze Festival, Brutal Assault Festival, as well as several shows in Japan, China and Hong Kong, to name but a few.
In 2017, Mors Principium Est returned with their latest album, “Embers of a Dying World”, mixed and mastered by none other than Thomas 'Plec' Johansson at the “The Panic Room”, Sweden. Following the release, the band played 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, Summer Breeze festival, and shows in Russia, Japan and Singapore.
The band continue to tour, with more shows to be announced soon...
Melodic death metal band from Lahti, Finland, founded in 2013 by Tuomas Saukkonen.
From the deep within the Canadian wilderness or our HQ in Virginia Beach,Va, we patiently wait for The Great Old One to once again rise from his eternal slumber and bring peace through death. We praise our master with song and ritual. We bring this sermon to you. Let Cthulhu enter your mind and share visions of insanity and unimaginable nightmares. We shall praise together and die together as our lord rises once again.
Blackened death metal band from Virginia Beach, VA, US.