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Carpathian Forest

Formed: 1990
From: Sandnes, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Carpathian Forest News

Below is our complete Carpathian Forest news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Carpathian Forest Cancels MDF Appearance

Carpathian Forest has been forced to cancel the band's appearance at the 2013 Maryland Death Fest due to problems obtaining a visa. The band's publicist comments:

"Carpathian Forest front man Nattefrost is one more in the long line of Scandinavian black metal musicians who have been unable to gain entry into the United States due to the labyrinthine and draconian immigration laws that have so often denied U.S. fans the opportunity to see their favorite European bands.

"Despite this setback, Carpathian Forest, whose remaining four members had been granted visas, was still aiming to appear at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on the 26th May as scheduled, but as a four-piece, with guitarist BloodPervertor taking on vocals. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the embassy was not able to return drummer Kobro’s passport in time for the band to leave, and Carpathian Forest has therefore been forced to pull out of the festival completely. However, three members – guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor and bassist Vrangsinn will attend and will be available to talk to fans.

"It is only under very exceptional circumstances that Carpathian Forest plays without Nattefrost, the only other occasion having been when BloodPervertor stepped in to cover vocals on a handful of dates during the No Mercy Tour in 2004 when Nattefrost broke his collar bone." More...

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More Bands Added To The Eindhoven Metal Meeting

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be taking place this December 12th - 14th, with full details available at the festival's website here.

Several new bands have now been announced, including Napalm Death, Carpathian Forest, Gothminister, Aborym, and the Monolith Deathcult. Check out the announcement clip below.

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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Vrangsinn Offering "Phobia" As Free Download

"Phobia," the new multi-media project from Carpathian Forest bass player Vrangsinn, was released today on Misantrof ANTIRecords, and is available both via free download, and as a DVD with free audio CD, for purchase. The DVD is produced in batches of 100 copies, with each individual batch of 100 varying slightly from the others in terms of artwork. The entire project comprises a DVD, CD, Mp3 audio, and Mp4. In the case of the free download, Misantrof also offers fans the option of a free CD/DVD burning application, so that anyone downloading the album can burn their own DVD should they wish to. More information can be found at this location.

"Phobia" was debuted at the "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Key To The World" exhibition at the Kurant Art Gallery All in Tromso at the end of last year. The music, instruments, vocals, lyrics, video, and animation were written, performed, produced, and engineered by Daniel Vrangsinn, with friends and fellow musicians lending a hand here and there. The whole project was thirteen months in the making, with the booklet animation taking up almost two thirds of that time. 40's style animation techniques were used, and Vrangsinn animated all the lyrics, word for word, using ink and paper and a photo camera. The DVD also contains multiple audio tracks including one with the music without vocals, which, according to Vrangsinn, gives you an instant karaoke machine that was included as a joke, since he believes his voice is somewhat unusual and takes some getting used to and that if people “don’t fucking like it, they have the option to turn it off."

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Throne Of Malediction Posts Performance Footage

Throne of Malediction has posted footage online of their performance of the cover song "Bloodlust & Perversion" by Carpathian Forest. The video clip, which can be viewed below, was recorded at the Dragon's Den in Kalispell, Montana on January 1st, 2010.

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Den Saakaldte Recruits Drummer Anders Kobro

Den Saakaldte has issued the following update about recruiting Anders Kobro of Carpathian Forest:

"Norwegian Black Metallers Den Saakaldte have recruited Anders Kobro, long time drummer with the legendary Carpathian Forest, to their ranks to replace the departing Uruz. Kobro, will join the band with immediate effect, and begin rehearsing for next years’ live appearances and upcoming recording sessions. Originally founded as a solo project by guitarist Sykelig in 2006, Den Saakaldte's line up now includes Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) on vocals, Seidemann (1349) on bass, Kvebek (Pantheon I) on guitars, and Honey Lucius (DHG) on synths and effects. The band recently inked a deal with Pulverised Records for the release of the second full-length album, due out in 2010, and new material is currently being prepared.

"Also due for release shortly on Aesthetic Death Records, are two versions of Den Saakaldte’s ‘Øl, Mørke og Depresjon’, which was originally released in early 2008 on Eerie Art Records. The new versions will be available on CD in Digipack format, and on LP in a gatefold edition, limited to 500 copies. Both versions will include bonus tracks not previously available, with artwork designed by Den Saakaldte’s Sykelig. The same goes for the double LP edition of ‘All Hail Pessimism’, soon to be released in 500 limited copies by Temple of Darkness Records. This edition will also include and exclusive cover of ‘Wheel of Fortune’, of the legendary band, Pentagram (US)."

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Semargl Completes Recording of New Album

Ukrainian metallers SEMARGL have finished recording their new full-length album, "Ordo Bellictum Satanas," for an early 2010 release via German label Twilight Vertrieb. The recording sessions for the fourth SEMARGL's CD took place at Blacklight Recording Studio in Kiev. Guest musicians on this album include: Jonny Maudling (BAL-SAGOTH, MY DYING BRIDE), Nera (DARZAMAT), Iscariah (IMMORTAL, DEAD TO THIS WORLD, NECROPHAGIA), Novy (DIES IRAE, BEHEMOTH, VADER), Vrangsinn (CARPATHIAN FOREST, NATTEFROST).

A preview version of a new song from upcoming album is available for streaming on the band's official website and MySpace page. More...

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Vrangsinn To Debut New Album At Art Exhibition

Daniel Vrangsinn, bass player with Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest and founder of the Misantrof AntiLabel, will debut his new album “Phobia” at the "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Key To The World" art exhibition. The exhibition will open at the Kurant Art Gallery in Tromsø, Norway, on Friday 13 November.

The exhibition features eight national and international artists from satanic/occult/black metal backgrounds, whose art deals with the darker aspects of life. "Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Key To The World" will comprise traditional mediums such as paintings and sculptures, alongside pieces of video art such as “Phobia," as each song on the album can either be listened to as a straightforward music track, or watched as a video. More...

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Carpathian Forest Krokow Gig To Be Released On CD

Metal Mind Productions presents a live album by Norwegian black metal legend, Carpathian Forest. The album entitled “We’re Going To Hollywood For This – Live Perversions” features a remastered recording of the band’s great gig in Kraków in early 2004. The track list includes a great range of material from the band’s albums – from "Through Chasm, Caves and Titan Woods" up to "Defending the Throne of Evil."

The remastered edition will be available in a digipak edition limited to 1000 copies. The release date is scheduled for 19th October in Europe and 26th January 2010 in USA (via MVD).

Here is the complete tracklisting for Carpathian Forest's
“We’re Going To Hollywood For This – Live Perversions”:

1. Intro I (taken from Strange Old Brew)
2. Sadomasochistic
3. Bloodcleansing
4. Intro II (taken from Defending The Throne Of Evil)
5. It's Darker Than You Think
6. Skjend Hans Lik
7. The Well Of All Human Tears
8. Mask Of The Slave
9. Morbid Fascination Of Death
10. Return Of The Freezing Winds
11. I Am Possessed
12. Intro III (taken from Black Shining Leather)
13. Black Shining Leather
14. Carpathian Forest
15. He's Turning Blue
16. Nuclear Fucking Death Machine
17. Knokkelmann
18. Bloodlust and Perversion
19. Outro (taken from We're Going To Hell For This)

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Throne Of Malediction Streaming New Cover Song

Throne of Malediction has issued the following update about streaming a Carpathian Forest cover on their MySpace page:

"Hailz, we have new Throne news to pass on. We are releasing new songs and have just released a cover of 'Bloodlust and Perversion' by Carpathian Forest. Carpathian Forest actually listened to, and approved our version. Not bad for a little Montana band hahaha. We also have a song called 'Red Death' ready to be released that will blow people away."

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Vrangsinn Discusses His "Anti-Label"

Vrangsinn Of Carpathian Forest has his own "anti-label" known as Misantrof. In an interview with Hierophant Nox he discusses how his label is different from others and what they do to deal with illegal file sharing. Excerpts from the interview are below. More...

Read the full article at Hierophant Nox.

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Vrangsinn Producing New Toxic Death Album

Carpathian Forest has issued the following announcement about bassist Vrangsinn producing the upcoming Toxic Death album:

"Probably the member of CARPATHIAN FOREST who is the most active on the music scene is bass player Vrangsinn. Aside from his work with CF and NATTEFROST, he has a shed load of other projects, which we'll tell you about as things happen. He also heads up the Misantrof AntiRecords label, and is a producer for bands such as NATTEFROST, DEATHCULT etc.

"Today he is in the studio where he is producing the new album from punk/thrashers TOXIC DEATH, and they will be laying down the vocals. You can check out the band here.

"Vrangsinn himself is at this location, and if you don't know his own work, you will be VERY surprised at how different and unusual it is."

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Carpathian Forest Warns Of Internet Imposters

Carpathian Forest has issued the following announcement about people pretending to be front man Nattefrost on the internet:

"When he's one of the dozens of fakes on MySpace and elsewhere pretending to be NATTEFROST! We've even had someone getting bands to send music.

"So please be careful when someone says they are NATTEFROST because 99.9999% of the time you can be sure it's NOT. He is rarely on the internet and never uses MSN or any other form of Instant Messaging.

"So just to be certain, the pages below are the ONLY pages anywhere that are run by NATTEFROST and his management, and no other pages claiming to be NATTEFROST or CARPATHIAN FOREST (yep, there are lots of those too) have any contact with him whatsoever:

"MySpace, Facebook, ReverbNation, Engangsgrill (run together with Indie Recordings). More...

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Carpathian Forest Launches Facebook Page

Carpathian Forest has issued the following update about making a Facebook page to give more updates to fans:

"There is now an Official Carpathian Forest band page on Facebook. You can find it here.

"We would like to keep everyone much more updated in future regarding the band and its band members, and we know a lot of you use Facebook regularly so having a page there is all part of the new plans we have.

"Coming soon will be a mailing list that will allow you to receive news and updates direct to your inbox. Keep a look out for the details."

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Carpathian Forest Parts Ways With Guitarist Tchort

Guitarist/bassist Tchort has issued the following announcement about leaving Carpathian Forest:

"Its been more than 10 years with perversion and provocation and I have seen, heard and done shit I didn't even know existed and the past decade has been like a roller coaster from hell! And since I got too addicted to this shit I can also announce that I am starting a brand new band and I cant wait to see unexplored depths of hell with the new stuff. I am confident that I will find a killer line up and be back to fuck you up! My deepest respect and gratitude goes to Nattefrost for letting me into his personal hell and keeping me there for a decade!"

"I will return... (Meanwhile, get ready to get your copy of Souls of Damnation - the new killer album from Blood Red Throne! Released in Europe on June 1st!)"

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Nattefrost Posts New Song Online

Norwegian metal band, NATTEFROST, has posted a new track, “Nekronaut II Nekro Spirituals,” on their MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming split, entitled “Engangsgrill.”

Due to receive it’s European release on Indie Recordings on 11th May, the 8-track “Engangsgrill” is a split between NATTEFROST (CARPATHIAN FOREST, NATTEFROST), and FENRIZ’ RED PLANET (DARKTHRONE). The album will be available both in CD and LP format. More...

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Carpathian Forest Confirm Live Shows And New Album

Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest has issued the following update about new live dates and an upcoming album:

"Carpathian Forest haven't played live since 2006 but its now official that Carpathian Forest will do a few selected live shows in 2009. The band is busy writing the follow up album to Fuck You All!!!! and since the band is not promoting a new album when doing these shows, the band will focus on old classics, many of which have never been played live before!

Watch out for announcements of live shows near you! The shows will include guest musicians a new set list, and a new stage setting.

Hell on Earth in 2009!"

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Book On Norwegian Black Metal Due In May

American documentary photographer Peter Beste's book "True Norwegian Black Metal" will be issued on May 15 via Vice Books.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.

Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist community. With each visit Beste saw more, photographed more and eventually accumulated enough material for this book. "True Norwegian Black Metal" is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.

With extensive contributions from the personal archive of Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, a unique opportunity is here presented to see original artifacts and ephemera from this secluded rock community, and to read accounts of these events in the words of the people who were actually there at the time.

"True Norwegian Black Metal" offers confrontational live performance photographs of a savage subculture set alongside the stark beauty and natural allure of a landscape often shrouded in darkness.

The book is comprised of:

* 160 pages of photographs of the following bands/individuals: Nocturno Culto and Fenriz of DARKTHRONE; Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Blasphemer, and Maniac of MAYHEM; Samoth of EMPEROR; Frost of SATYRICON; ENSLAVED; Abbath of IMMORTAL; Gaahl, Infernus, King, and Kvitrafn of GORGOROTH; Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST; 1349; DIMMU BORGIR; ILDJARN; AURA NOIR; and many more

* Interviews/quotes from Frost (1349), Abbath (IMMORTAL), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Gaahl (GORGOROTH)

* Essay by authors and Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, including 32 pages of original artifacts, photographs, ephemera, and personal accounts by black metal's key figures from Krisiansen's personal archive."

For more information, visit www.peterbeste.com.

Beste has scheduled a photo exhibition beginning May 8 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, with London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Los Angeles shows to follow.

Peter Beste on Norway's NRK talking about his black metal pictures: More...

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Carpathian Forest Part With Bassist

Norwegian black metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST have parted ways with bassist Vrangsinn. The band, which has cancelled all its previously announced live activities in the next 5-6 months, is not currently seeking a replacement. Instead, guitarist Tchort and mainman Nattefrost will handle the bass duties while the group continues work on a new album, tentatively titled "Universal Evil", for which half of the material has already been written. More...

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