CARPATHIAN FOREST - Strange Old Brew
August 8, 2000, 20 years ago
Easily once considered to be the most elusive band within Norwegian Black Metal, Carpathian Forest spewing out their black magic since the early '90s with some of the grimmest and most atmospheric demos known to black metal, one can come to the conclusion that the duo of Nattefrost and Nordavind were the black sheep. Their fueled up hatred was evident in their official debut Black Shining Leather and now with their second most vile offering, Carpathian Forest shall once again spit in the face of the present day black metal scene, glorifying the pure essence of death, murder, violence and misogynistic dominance with a twist of irony. Featuring rough production that's so menacing and strong, this time the band actually adds more rock and groove rhythms within their black metal mix, presenting a more basic attack without losing their viciousness. And don't forget the atmospheric pieces (see 'Theme From Nekromantikk') which present their killer instinct in Argento-like fashion. Without a doubt, Carpathian Forest are the leaders who now wave the flag of the true black metal spirit. Can it get any more misanthropic? I think not.