Carpathian Forest: Skjend Hans Lik 12″

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Carpathian Forest was formed by Nattefrost and Nordavind in December 1990. The band who was previously known as “Enthrone” emerged with the demo tape “Bloodlust and Perversion” in 1992. In 1993 the band released a second demo: Journey Through the Cold Moors of Svarttjern. The following year, Carpathian Forest signed to Avantgarde Music and recorded their first EP, Through Chasm, Caves and Titan Woods in 1995, followed by the debut album Black Shining Leather in 1998.

Carpathian Forest played their first concert in 1998 at the Under the black sun festival in Schönermark, Germany. This saw the introduction of Vrangsinn. A short studio session followed, with Tchort and Kobro being made permanent members. The following EP was called He’s Turning Blue, followed by the albums Strange Old Brew and Morbid Fascination of Death – these were both recorded at the same time and were produced by Terje Refsnes at Sound Suite studio in Sandnes. Nordavind left the band after this studio session. Tchort was promoted to guitarist. Vrangsinn was promoted to bass, and Blood Pervertor to keyboard duties for following sessions and tours.

With this lineup, the band recorded their fourth album, Defending the Throne of Evil, released by Season of Mist. This album was the first to feature symphonic sounds, as witnessed with “It’s Darker than You Think”. The album was generally well received.

The following year, Carpathian Forest made two releases – We’re Going to Hollywood for This, a live DVD, the title of which was a play on their compilation album We’re Going to Hell for This, and another compilation entitled Skjend Hans Lik, which featured many new tracks, as well as some remastered ones from Bloodlust and Perversion.

The band’s most recent release was in 2006, with Fuck You All!!!!, an album that have less symphonic elements than Defending The Throne of Evil, the album are more back to the black`n thrash style the band had on their earlier albums.

The band last played live when they headlined at the Inferno Festival in 2009, and confirmed rumors that a new album was in the works.
2012 Carpathian Forest will play at a couple of festivals august in Oslo and Ukraine, plans are to record new material autumn 2012. The lineup pr 2012 is unchanged since 2001.