"My First Music Memory? Loving the Lambada!" Welcome to the Record Collection of Carach Angren's Ardek

The Dutch black metallists have a new album out, so we asked keyboardist Ardek to talk about some old ones...

We’re coming to your house tonight. What new music are you most excited to introduce us to? What are you making everyone listen to at the moment?

I would show you Symphony Number 4 by Tchaikovsky, not new but to me it still sounds amazing! An of course I would like you to listen to our new album Where the Corpses Sink Forever.

Five hours later we’ll still be there and, politely, you’ll be wanting to get rid of us – what goes on the stereo to clear the house?

The sound of me trying to find this unorthodox radio station but don't seem to be able to trace it.

What was the first record you can remember hearing at home? Did it have any effect on where you are today?

As far as I know I was sitting in front of radio and  television with big headphones early on but what I can remember is my dad coming home and giving me a a vinyl record of the song Lambada. As an 8 year old I liked the song apparently. I remember putting it on my little player over and over again and then the saddest thing happened as I left the record on the heating radiator (which was turned off at that moment) but when it fired up it deformed the little record... so from that moment on I could only listen to the song in two takes as it was folded half way down. Not a very black metallish story but I can remember this very clearly. I think I respected great melodies from early and that's what I still do and try to develop in our own music.

And what was the first record you bought with your own money? And why?

I bought a record called from the band Sinister Footwear when I was getting into hard rock and metal for the first time. A friend of mine advised me to buy it and I really like it. It was the first step into a whole new world.

Any records in the collection you bought because you liked the cover, only to get them home and realize you’d made a terrible, terrible error?

Hah, no I don't think this every happened however I do remember buying bargain cds from a guy who was selling his complete collection only finding out that the so called 'rare bands' really sucked.

If you didn’t answer this in question (3) what was the first record to make you think you might like to try your hand at rock n’roll yourself?

This was also the Sinister Footwear album, back then I started playing drums (!) on my keyboard and guiding a friend of mine playing guitar. We founded our first band called Tumour and actually played a couple of shows. It was only later when I realized I could actually implement keyboards in metal.

And what record is so good it makes you feel like giving the whole game away every time you hear it?

Well I don't have a particular record but again I have to say that I really admire geat composers such as Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Saint Saens. Listening their music is like a complete journey to me.

What record for you most fits the term ‘Metal as Fuck’

Nile Cast Down the Heretic

What decade is most represented in your record collection?

I think late nineties and early 2000s but also the 18th century.

What would you recommend to unbelievers as the best ‘entry level’ metal record in your collection?

Maybe something from Arcturus as ICS Vortex clean singing can lure anyone in I guess.

And finally, what record would you take with you to the next world, if such as thing exists?

Again for now it would be Symphony Number 4 by Tchaikovsky!