Carpathian Forest

Carpathian Forest
STYLE: ORIGIN: NorwayFORMED: 1992LABEL: Independent
  • Nattefrost-Vocals
  • Malphas-Guitars
  • Erik Gamle-Guitars
  • Vrangsinn-Bass
  • Audun-Drums

Carpathian Forest is a Norwegian black metal band formed by Nattefrost and Nordavind in 1992.

In late 1990, the band originally started under the name Enthrone by Nattefrost (then bearing the pseudonym Lord Nosferatu) and Nordavind (who used the pseudonym Lord Karnstein). Together they produced a self-released demo tape, Black Winds, in 1991.

In 1992, Enthrone changed its name to Carpathian Forest, and Lord Blackmangler and Damnatus joined their line-up. As a quartet, they self-released three demo tapes: Rehearsal OuttakeBloodlust and Perversion (both in 1992) and Journey Through the Cold Moors of Svarttjern (in 1993). However, Damnatus and Lord Blackmangler left afterwards, and Carpathian Forest became once more a duo.

Carpathian Forest would release their first studio work in 1995: the extended play Through Chasm, Caves and Titan Woods, via Avantgarde Music. It would be their first of many releases via Avantgarde.

In 1998, the band released their first full-length album, Black Shining Leather, once more via Avantgarde Music. It was their only release to feature Lazare (who would later join Borknagar) on the band’s line-up as a drummer. In the same year, they also played their first concert at the Under the Black Sun Festival in Schönermark, Germany.

Lazare left Carpathian Forest in 1999, the same year Anders Kobro, Tchort and Daniel Vrangsinn joined them as permanent members. In the following year, their second full-length, Strange Old Brew, was released. It was their most experimental album so far. By the end of the year they also released a single, “He’s Turning Blue”.

In 2001, founding member Nordavind left Carpathian Forest, during the recording sessions of their third studio album, Morbid Fascination of Death, that still retained the experimentation (although to a lesser extent) of their previous release, Strange Old Brew. In the following year, the compilation album, We’re Going to Hell for This: Over a Decade of Perversions was released, in order to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary as Carpathian Forest. It was their last album to be released by Avantgarde Music before they switched on to Season of Mist.

Their fourth full-length, Defending the Throne of Evil, was released in 2003 by Season of Mist. Contrasting with Carpathian Forest’s previous releases, it was their most melodic album so far, almost reminiscent of symphonic black metal. In late 2003, the band was joined by Gøran “Blood Pervertor” Bomann.

2004 saw the release of a live DVD, We’re Going to Hollywood for This, and a compilation album featuring rarities and reworked versions of old Carpathian Forest songs, Skjend hans lik (Norwegian for “Desecrate His Body”).

Carpathian Forest’s latest release was the 2006 studio album Fuck You All!!!! Caput tuum in ano est, that was a throwback to their early, blackened thrash metal-like sonority of their debut.

In an early 2008 issue of Terrorizer, Tchort spoke about the possibility of a new album, and the rumors circulating regarding a “half-finished album”. He is quoted as saying: “I met with Nattefrost a few weeks ago and we decided to focus on a new album, but we haven’t even started writing it yet. The news that we had an album half-finished was based on the fact that we had material left over from the last album. Since we record in different studios, this meant that I had the basics for music that Nattefrost never heard”. He also divulged that “[we] kind of decided on a slightly new direction for the band, compared to Fuck You All, at least”.

The band frontlined the Inferno Festival in 2009, and confirmed rumors that a new album was in the works.

The band entered on a relative hiatus after 2009, but from 2012 onwards they began to play on some festivals around Europe. The band was scheduled to play on the Maryland Deathfest on May 26, 2013, but their show had to be cancelled due to last-minute visa problems. The bands last-known concert was at Blastfest in Bergen, Norway on February 22, 2014.

The band went on hiatus in July 2014, after Tchort and Blood Pervertor announced they had parted ways with Carpathian Forest, and would form a new band called The 3rd Attempt.

In 2017, the band returned, and announced that they were working on a new album which would be called Likskue, to be released in 2018.

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Fuck You All!!!! Caput tuum in ano est / 2006

Carpathian Forest-Fuck You All!!!! Caput tuum in ano est
  • Album Info
  • 2006
  • Season Of Mist

1. Vi åpner porten til helvete…
2. The Frostbitten Woodlands of Norway
3. Start Up the Incinerator (Here Comes Another Useless Fool)
4. Submit to Satan!!!
5. Diabolism (The Seed and the Sower)
6. Dypfryst / Dette er mitt Helvete
7. Everyday I Must Suffer!
8. The First Cut Is the Deepest
9. Evil Egocentrical Existencialism
10. Shut Up, There Is No Excuse to Live…

Fuck You All!!!! Caput tuum in ano est is the fifth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest. It was released in June 16, 2006 via Season of Mist, and as of 2018, it is their most recent release. It is also their first (and only) release with guitarist Gøran Bomann (a.k.a. “Blood Pervertor”) on the band’s line-up, and their last one with Tchort — both parted ways with Carpathian Forest in 2014 to form The 3rd Attempt.

Contrasting with the symphonic approach of their previous album, Defending the Throne of Evil, Fuck You All!!!! is a throwback to Carpathian Forest’s earlier, rawer musical style, reminiscent of their debut Black Shining Leather.

The album’s subtitle is Latin for “Your head is [stuck up] in an anus”.

Defending the Throne of Evil / 2003

Carpathian Forest-Defending the Throne of Evil
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Season Of Mist

1. It’s Darker than You Think
2. Skjend hans lik
3. The Well of All Human Tears
4. Put to Sleep like a Sick Animal!!!
5. Hymne til døden
6. Ancient Spirits of the Underworld
7. Spill the Blood of the Lamb
8. One with the Earth
9. Christian Incoherent Drivel
10. The Old House on the Hill
11. Nekrophiliac / Anthropophagus Maniac
12. Cold Murderous Music

Defending the Throne of Evil is the fourth studio album by the Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest. It was released on September 23, 2003 by Season of Mist. A remastered, deluxe double LP version with a bonus track was also released in 2007.

The sonority of Defending the Throne of Evil is largely different from other Carpathian Forest albums, being their more melodic one so far; relying heavily on symphonic interludes, saxophones and synthesizers, it is loosely reminiscent of symphonic black metal.

Morbid Fascination of Death / 2001

Carpathian Forest-Morbid Fascination Of Death
  • Album Info
  • 2001
  • Avantgarde Music

1. Fever, Flames and Hell
2. Doomed to Walk the Earth as Slaves of the Living Dead
3. Morbid Fascination of Death
4. Through Self-Mutilation
5. Knokkelmann
6. Warlord of Misanthropy
7. A World of Bones
8. Carpathian Forest
9. Cold Comfort
10. Speechless
11. Ghoul (Mayhem cover)
12. Nostalgia (demo)

Morbid Fascination of Death is the third studio album by the Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest. It was released in 2001 by Avantgarde Music, and it was the last album to feature guitarist and founding member Johnny “Nordavind” Krøvel on the band’s line-up. It was also their last studio album to be released by Avantgarde before they switched to Season of Mist.

It was re-released in 2007 by Peaceville Records under digipak form, with two bonus tracks.

The track “Carpathian Forest” is a re-recorded version of the eponymous track present in their debut EP, Through Chasm, Caves and Titan Woods.

Strange Old Brew / 2000

Carpathian Forest-Strange Old Brew
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Avantgarde Music

1. Intro – Damnation Chant
2. Bloodcleansing
3. Mask of the Slave
4. Martyr / Sacrificulum
5. Thanatology
6. The Suicide Song
7. House of the Whipcord
8. Cloak of Midnight
9. Return of the Freezing Winds
10. Theme from Nekromantikk
11. The Good Old Enema Treatment
12. He’s Turning Blue

Strange Old Brew is the second studio album by Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest. It was released on November 6, 2000, through Avantgarde Music. It was re-released under digipak format in 2007 by Peaceville Records, containing an extra track. Contrasting with the previous Carpathian Forest releases, the sonority of Strange Old Brew is their most experimental one so far, mixing black metal with jazz interludes. It was their first release with Anders Kobro and Tchort in the band’s line-up.

The track “Theme from Nekromantikk” (sic) is a cover of the opening theme of the controversial 1987 horror movie Nekromantik, directed by Jörg Buttgereit.

The track “Return of the Freezing Winds” is one of the first tracks of Carpathian Forest’s repertoire, being present already in their first demo tapes, Rehearsal Outtake and Bloodlust and Perversion.

Black Shining Leather / 1998

Carpathian Forest-Black Shining Leather
  • Album Info
  • 1998
  • Avantgarde Music

1. Black Shining Leather
2. The Swordsmen
3. Death Triumphant
4. Sadomasochistic
5. Lupus
6. Pierced Genitalia
7. In Silence I Observe
8. Lunar Nights
9. Third Attempt
10. The Northern Hemisphere
11. A Forest (The Cure cover)

Black Shining Leather is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest. It was released in 1998 through Avantgarde Music, and re-issued in 2007 by Peaceville Records via digipak format.

It was their only release to feature Lazare on drums, who left the band in the following year and would later join Borknagar.

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