Carach Angren is a symphonic black metal band from the Netherlands, formed by two members of Vaultage. Their style is characterised by prominent use of orchestral arrangements. All of their studio albums are concept albums with lyrics based on famous ghost stories, such as the Flying Dutchman.
The name means "Iron Jaws" in the language of Sindarin, and is the name of a fortified pass into North-Western Mordor in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
Carach Angren was formed in 2003 in the Dutch municipality of Landgraaf, after two members of Vaultage started a side project, due to their shared love of both legends and black metal. It seemed to go well, so Vaultage stepped down and Carach Angren "was ready for bigger steps".
Their first EP was The Chase Vault Tragedy, which, like all their releases, is a concept album. Following this, they released a second EP, Ethereal Veiled Existence, at which point they were picked up by Maddening Media in 2007. It was then that Carach Angren recorded their first full-length album, Lammendam, which received positive international reviews.
Their second album, Death Came Through a Phantom Ship, was released on February 26, 2010. They participated in the A Declaration of Hate European tour in support of this, with extreme metal bands Dark Funeral, Zonaria and Nefarium.
On 18th May 2012, their third studio album, Where the Corpses Sink Forever, was released.