REVIEW: “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” BY METAL HAMMER

After three albums of driving cyber beats, industrialists Freakangel have taken a step in a new, heavier direction. Much like peers Combichrist, here the Estonians have fortified their dark electronica with steely, unyielding metal. Sonically, some of the tracks still fall into one camp or the other. Death Walks With Us, for instance, is aimed squarely at the club, and there are shades of Rammstein, Motionless In White and Marilyn Manson in the much more straight-down-the-line rock of Make Me Disappear. Elsewhere, though, the band have merged the two elements of their new sound together with impressive results. Witness The Fall rides in on harsh, pulsating waves but Fear Factory fans will find much to be excited about in the bludgeoning riffs that follow. Dimitry Darling’s vocals have been freed of any effects and his abrasive fury is all the more powerful for it. The highlight, though, is In The Witch House, a fusion of chilly, choppy beats and nightmarish riffs that’s all very Blair Witch. An exciting reinvention.

Review by Metal Hammer

NEW VIDEO: INSIGHT (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

Estonia based metallic industrial crew Freakangel have released a lyric video for the track “Insight”, taken from their fourth full-length album, How The Ghost Became, that was released in February this year via Digital World Audio.

Vocalist Dmitry Darling says: “Musically we have pushed our album (How The Ghost Became) into a more metal direction, even adding breakdowns, while still keeping all the electronic/industrial elements that make us Freakangel.”

METAL HAMMER: MEET FREAKANGEL, ESTONIA’S WEIRDEST NEW BAND

Hide ‘n’ Freak: Meet Freakangel, Estonia’s weirdest new band!

“As you get older, you start liking different things – and sometimes, despite your original intentions, you end up moving in the opposite direction.”

For former Suicidal Romance frontman Dmitry Darling, the realisation that he was deriving more pleasure from his side-cum-studio project inspired him to heed these persistent thoughts. The creative end result was Freakangel – and now this Estonian four-piece are demolishing genre boundaries with their mix of blackened industrial, venom-laced vocals and crushing rhythms. New album How The Ghost Became is the latest step in their evolution – moving away from their EBM roots into bona fide metal territory. “When we started, we were playing dark electro but with everything else except drums,” recalls Dmitry. “The aim was to combine everything we liked to do live – to bring that sound to people who couldn’t be at our shows. It took us almost three years to find the sound we wanted, but I’m really pleased with how it came out.”

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REVIEW: “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” BY GHOST CULT MAGAZINE

Some days you just want something different from your music. On those days, reach for Freakangel’s How The Ghost Became (Digital World Audio). Freakangel hails from Estonia and are less about creating music than about creating aural art. Listening to How the Ghost Became is an artistic experience for the ears as the album consists of ten pieces of modern art that you listen to.

The music may get slotted into electronica, but the vocals are a mix of scream and new wave. It’s as almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Fear Factory and The Browning. Take a song like ‘Witness The Fall’ which starts out with what sounds like electronic gunfire. The drumming gives it an antiseptic feel. Then the vocals come it; hard, screaming, angst. At a minute twenty-one in there is a bridge that has an indescribable computer presence. It’s quite quick. Then the vocals kick in.

But before I can get a handle on it, the song segues into the next. ‘Insight’. Ironic as that’s what I’m looking for in How The Ghost Became. ‘Insight’ sounds similar to ‘Witness The Fall’. ‘Make Me Disappear’ has potential; less of the electronica and more of the atmospheric modern metal feel to it. ‘Make Me Disappear’ and ‘Death Walks With Us’ are the most accessible songs on the album and I also really enjoyed ‘Giving Up The Ghost’. It’s a straight up club song; flashing lights, lasers, over-crowded dance floor.

The second half of Freakangel’s How the Ghost Became differentiates itself in terms of genre more than the first. It’s still electronica-heavy, but more is done with the construction and tone and there are quite a few songs the listener will enjoy just for the fact it is darn good music.

Review by Ghost Cult Magazine

REVIEW: “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” by SIDE-LINE

Since their set up in 2010 Estonian combo Freakangel didn’t stop terrorizing the electro-underground scene. It all started a rather dark-electronic way, but rapidly moved towards metal-driven influences. After four full lengths released on Alfa Matrix the band signed to Digital World Audio – which clearly seems more involved when it comes to metal music genres, to unleash their newest opus.

Content: I’ve always associated Freakangel with power and violence and that’s once again what the new work stands for. “How The Ghost Became” is a hard and merciless source of power and aggression. The harsh screaming vocals of frontman D. Darling have been joined by furious guitar playing, speed rhythms and raw electronics. The opening song, which is a kind of intro directly, announces what you might expect.

Freakangel is terrorizing the listener by heavy industrial-metal parts. The electronic arrangements are quite rough and totally fitting with the global power of the guitar, cadence and vocals.

Freakangel is one of the few bands I know which has found this perfect balance between metal music and electronics. Both elements are really essential to their work and part of their success. The metal style became more important during the years, but they still take care to compose great and very personal electronics. Some songs have been extra empowered by epic arrangements. This album moves on there where “The Show Of Violence” stopped. It’s even more power and extra rage and I like it! Every single song is new and violent outburst revealing a band with a very unique sound DNA!

The only regret is that you no longer can be really surprised if you’re familiar with the Freakangel sound. During the years they familiarized us with this harsh industrial-metal sound so you know what to expect.

Conclusion: Freakangel is a sonic bulldozer which has lost control and simply destroys everything on its way! It remains a great band and without a shadow of a doubt the new flag holder of their label.

Review by Side-Line

IN THE WITCH HOUSE (MAKING OF THE VIDEO)

Behind the scenes on the set of the “In The Witch House” music video by Freakangel.

REVIEW: “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” by REFLECTIONS OF DARKNESS

Simply start listening to ‘How The Ghost Became’ by FREAKANGEL! This is the best advice I can give! ‘How The Ghost Became’ is a genius art piece, powerful, unique and polished till perfection, which will blow your mind no matter in which musical genre you are! You will be taken to the cinematic journey, so accept the challenge to experience it, or continue to read this spoiler on your own risk!

I closed my eyes without any expectations, without checking the song titles or cover visuals, I focused on the sound, emotions, didn’t think about lyrics… instantly with the first sounds I was dragged in the mystic world and set of mind of the protagonist. Explosion of detailed, layered visuals was happening dynamically in front of my eyes. Songs were like scenes in the movie, appearing in the right rhythm and evoking strong emotions, very well thought through. I haven’t found any moment for which I could tell that it is the weak point in the album. It simply sneaked under my skin, and while catching deeper and deeper in, the hunger for more was raising until the last song came and then I put it on repeat.

This time I have lyrics in front of me, but first let’s see the album’s artwork done by Mayhem Project Design. The cover of the album seems simple while actually being complex, look deeper: there is a picture of the misty wood with opened undefined path, there is a white sign painted over it, there are hands above this picture in precise position. The hands look real with power over all. The woodland is just a picture in the back plan, unreal formation. The white sign is both, on the unreal picture and held between the real hands, floating in between the two worlds. You can feel something invisible being present there, and then look down, in the title of the album ‘How The Ghost Became’ which word is circled with the same white paint?

All lyrics are written by Dmitry Darling, creepy creations, invisible worlds, sick actions, heavy thoughts… into this hell the angelic clear voice of pure beauty by Meya Matzerath is thrown, delivering guest vocals in ‘Hell And Back’, reaching the highest climax with masterpiece precision. Every song strongly stands on its own while multiplying emotions of the album as a whole. First song is short and direct to the point, the introduction and the title says it all, ‘Mardyakhor’ (In Early Middle Persian Mardyakhor is a legendary creature, half human, half animal). The typography and underlined lyric riffs form the booklet like the spell, till the last song, the last sound, which literally bounce between ears, like the spirit which is finally released… remember the cover?

What about the sound? Three different tensions could be felt and distinguished, like three different states of mind. Where does it come from? ‘How The Ghost Became’ is the fourth album of FREAKANGEL and the huge turning point. It is emotional, raw rock with electronic elements and organic sound, the dark oppressive atmosphere, powerful wide range of vocals and more metal sound than ever before. The last song, ‘Giving Up The Ghost’, is groovy, similar to FREAKANGEL’s past, ‘Make Me Disappear’ reminds of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and MARILYN MANSON, while the opening song ‘Witness The Fall’ is an example of super-heavy sound. All three styles are greatly intertwining, smoothly developing emotions and keeping the intense flawless rhythm. I hope this is not just a transition in the styles but a mix which will be kept as the unique language of FREAKANGEL, the new signature of industrial metal.

After years of intense touring around Europe, numerous festivals, ‘How The Ghost Became’ will be a great surprise for all new and old FREAKANGEL fans. It is highly recommended listening to which I am giving the highest marks.

Review by Reflections Of Darkness

REVIEW: “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” by SPUTNIK MUSIC

Although originally born as a side project for D. Darling’s full time work in Suicidal Romance, Estonian industrial outfit Freakangel has taken on a life of its own recently. Originally following a similar form of EBM to Suicidal Romance’s trademark sound, over time Freakangel have shifted focus more and more onto the guitars and metamorphosed into a veritable industrial metal machine. Their latest effort, How the Ghost Became, is the latest step in their evolution.

Industrial beats and mechanical rhythms are the name of the game on How the Ghost Became. Everything is delivered with precision aggression as D. Darling spits out the venom with his barking vocals. The danceable elements of his older output feel considerably more subdued this time out, though, as the electronics are reduced to a backing role in the music, providing the atmosphere and adding a cold and unwelcoming tone against the crushing guitars, such as in the single “In the Witch House”.

In this respect, Freakangel feel like a more gothic interpretation of the brand of industrial music that Cyanotic presented on their 2015 effort Worst Case Scenario. Songs like “Make Me Disappear” have a real lack of industrial elements to them, almost becoming straight up metalcore if it weren’t for the oh-so-subtle synths adding an extra texture to the track. The creeping progression of “Hell and Back” is another standout moment that really works to Freakangel’s strengths, with the addition of female vocals giving it something different and standing as an album highlight.

The only real concern I have over this album is that I’m not sure that Freakangel have yet been able to strike the right balance between their EBM origins and the industrial metal approach they want to head down, in order to carve out their own identity. Too often I find myself comparing this to other industrial acts I’ve heard before (such as Combichrist and the aforementioned Cyanotic, or even Coal Chamber’s more industrial influenced moments), but they have elements in there which I believe they can utilise to establish their own sound. D. Darling is a solid vocalist and the occasional gothic flourishes can add an extra dimension to what they’re doing, if they added more of those melodies they would stand further apart from their contemporaries.

Overall, this is another excellent step in Freakangel’s development. Still some rough edges and at times feeling like they’re at a crossroads, but delivered with such precision and immersion that you don’t really have the time to notice these flaws when you’re submerged in their industrial anarchy. Freakangel have a goal in their sites, they just have a little further to go before they reach it. Until then, just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Review by Sputnik Music

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REVIEW: “HOW THE GHOST BECAME” BY INTRAVENOUS MAGAZINE

Despite starting life as a side project, Freakangel has coalesced into a monster of a band in its own right. Over the course of seven years the band has developed from a dark ebm project into an industrial metal powerhouse. The band’s fourth full-length studio effort, ‘How The Ghost Became’, is their heaviest offering to date, like punch through a brick wall heavy. Sounding more like NDH guitars meets Nothing Records grooves, with a sprinkle of modern aggrotech electronics, the band have have become a bludgeon of raw and frantic emotion.

Songs such as ‘Witness The Fall’, ‘Insight’, ‘Make Me Disappear’, ‘In The Witch House’, ‘Death walks With Us’, ‘Kingdom Of Fire’, and ‘Devotion’ exemplify this sonic formula best with their heavy guitars, throat-shredding vocals and strangely enticing electronics hinting at their club-friendly past, but pushing harder than ever before into that metal scene. The development, no matter how this may disappoint anyone who prefers their early incarnation, feels totally organic and right, much in the same way that the recent releases from Cyanotic, Combichrist, and Dawn Of Ashes have.

There are the odd songs that retain an almost dance feel such as ‘Giving Up The Ghost’, and ‘Hell And Back’, but even these are firmly punctured by heavy guitars rooting them in the metal end of the band’s sound. But that’s not a bad thing. There is still that strong electronic presence that while not be 100% dance-friendly isn’t a total about turn from their roots.

Being a metal album the production is geared towards balancing the guitars with the aggressive vocals and making sure the electronics aren’t swamped by either. The band, know their stuff, and despite this significantly heavier approach achieve this balance with relative ease with no one element dominating another to its detriment.

This is perhaps the strongest and most well-rounded Freakangel outing to date. In fact it really sounds as though they have found themselves on this album. Everything seems to have come together to create a confident, heavy album that perfectly balances their aggression with their electronic prowess. It has been a well-paced evolution to this point, but this album feels like year zero, from which they can launch a wider assault on the metal scene. Time will tell how they attempt to evolve the sound further, but ‘How The Ghost Became’ will certainly be looked on as a pivotal moment.

Review by Intravenous Magazine

INTERVIEW: TALKING WITH FERRUM.LT

With less than a week left until “Freakangel“ and “Preternatural“ show in Vilnius, Lithuania the event organizers “Vilko Promotions“ have reached the vocalist of Estonian band “Freakangel“ Dmitry and asked him a few questions. Enjoy reading it.

Hi! How are you doing? Are you excited for the Vilnius show on 24th of February?

Good evening. I’m fine, thank you. Siting in my room, listening to Scott Matthew and drinking Franziskaner. Yes, I’m very excited for this show because it will be our first show with our just released 4th album “How The Ghost Became”. I literally can’t wait to share our new songs with all of you! Hope we will have some great mosh’n’roll time all together!

Many remember that you have visited Vilnius before, and played a gig in “Metro“ club almost exactly one year ago. How was it from your point of view? What was the most memorable thing from that night, and from Lithuania overall?

That’s right. It was in February too. 13.02.16, if I remember correctly. “Metro“ is a nice place and it suited our sound pretty well. We were performing a bit different set from what we are going to play on 24.02, lets say it was more electronic and easier to perform. It was a good show. I really enjoy doing small venues more than playing huge festivals. Being in front of people and sharing my life with them is the best feeling ever. The most memorable thing? After-party in a huge apartment with moshing to grindcore tunes… moshing with fucking toasters in our hands.

You have traveled quite a lot up until now; do you notice any differences among industrial music fans from different countries? E.g., is it any different to play a gig in Tallinn and a gig in Vilnius?

It’s never the same. Even if we come back to the same city after some time and doing the same venue. It’s always different… and this is the best part about being able to perform and about being able to tour. Of course there are countries that are more advanced in one style or another, but we are always trying to give our best so people would be able to enjoy our show no matter the musical background that they are coming from.

“How The Ghost Became” is your 4th full length album, along with some other releases such as digital EPs. Can you tell those who have not heard it yet, more about it? How is it different, or how does it stand out from what you have released so far?

With „How The Ghost Became“ we wanted to provide something different from our old releases. You see… we are still looking for our own sound and we really like to perform live. That’s why we have decided to produce an album that will be similar to our live sound. Just because of this in 2015 we have released “The Show Of Violence” DVD, so listeners who were missing our live shows would be able to get themselves more comfortable with our sound. Lets just say that our 4th album is pretty different, but if you are not new to our music then you will hear our “signature” for sure.

What can people expect from your show in “nArauti” club on 24th of February?

We are going to play some new songs, but we are not abandoning our old tracks, never. So yeah, be there… get a drink, smoke some weed and be ready to have fun. Because only together we will be able to make it a night to remember!

Do you want to say a final word? Pass some wisdom onto us?

These are hard times for musicians, music lover and dreamers… Сheers to the ones who dream! Support the underground and see you on 24th of February!

Thank You!

In Lithuanian: FREAKANGEL naują albumą pristatys koncertuose Vilniuje ir Kaune