Death Came Through A Phantom Ship

Maddening Media
Release date
26 Feb 2010
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Electronic Voice Phenomena 0:57 13,307
2 The Sighting Is a Portent of Doom 4:07 17,788
3 And The Consequence Macabre 6:43 9,583
4 Van Der Decken's Triumph 5:15 12,453
5 Bloodstains On the Captain's Log 5:50 13,035
6 Al betekent het mijn dood 1:06 12,286
7 Departure Towards a Nautical Curse 5:31 11,605
8 The Course of a Spectral Ship 5:07 10,899
9 The Shining Was a Portent of Gloom 8:49 10,544

About this album

Death Came Through a Phantom Ship is the second full-length album by the band Carach Angren, It was released in February 2010. This album tells the legend of a ghost ship (an interpretation of The Flying Dutchman) from its beginnings. The album contains although the vocals are kept clear. Parallels to Dimmu Borgir have been observed in the keyboard lines and the vocals timbre. The structure of the songs has been described as “bulky” with many abrupt breaks, which is contrary to traditional black metal structures.

The album starts in the future, when a boat with an electronic communication device sails to the sea. The boat picks up signs of a eerie voice cursing its captain’s name through the radio. Then a ghost ship comes across the sea. The sailors then remember stories about how people who saw that ship died in horrible ways. In track No. 3, in the same day of the sighting, later that night, the captain is haunted by the ghost of the seas. He kills his wife and daughter while sleepwalking and then kills himself with a shotgun. After that, it begins telling the story of Van der Decken and how he became the captain of an evil ship.

This album received positive reviews from Sputnikmusic and the German edition of Metal Hammer. The former observed that the band had even improved their instrumental qualities compared to their debut album Lammendam and recommended the new album for listeners new to the genre.

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