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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 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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Malevolent Creation Complete Preproduction

Malevolent Creation has completed the writing and pre production demos for 13 songs and will begin the recording of their 10th full length album "DOOMSDAY X" in the coming weeks of November.

"We're very happy with the direction the music has taken for this new album with song writing credit's by each of the band members, and each song having it's own identity but retaining the classic Malevolent Creation sound," The band said in its release. "It is truly amazing to have everyone writing for this album and bring's a lot of new idea's to the songs. Fear not, each song is extremely brutal and covers a lot of territory as far as extreme metal is concerned. We have definitely had some huge obstacles to overcome to get this album written, but we are finally satisfied with all the music and are anxious to start recording."

The album's recording and touring line up is:

Jon Rubin - guitars
Phil Fasciana - guitars
Dave Culross - drums
Jason Blachowicz - bass
Brett Hoffmann - vocals

Malevolent Creation has massive touring plans for 2007 already. Touring starts in Europe with "The Domination Tour 2007": More...

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More European Domination Tour Dates Added

More tour dates have been added to the European Domination Tour 2007, featuring Rotting Christ, Malevolent Creation, Neuraxis, Carpathian Forest, Incantation and Harm. The following dates have been confirmed for the The Domination Tour 2007:

2/14 Berlin, GER @ Kato
2/15 Leipzig, GER @ Hellriser
2/16 Wien, AT @ Szene
2/17 Salzburg, AT @ Rockhaus
2/18 Innsbruck, AT @ Hafen
2/19 Plattern, CH @ Z7
2/20 Strasbourg, FR @ Laiterie
2/21 Paris, FR @ Locomotive
2/22 Eindhoven, HOL @ Effenaar
2/23 Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob
2/24 Adelsheim, GER@ Live Factory
2/25 Brno, CZ @ Fledo
2/26 Bratislava, SK @ Randal
2/27 Este (PD), ITA @ Sottosopra Rock Club
2/28 Munchen, GER @ Metropolis
3/1 Osnabruck, GER @ N8
3/1 Groningen, HOL @ Vera
Mar. 03 - Essen, GER @ Turock
Mar. 04 - Rotterdam, HOL @ Baroeg

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First Dates Of Damnation Tour Announced

ROTTING CHRIST, CARPATHIAN FOREST, MALEVOLENT CREATION, INCANTATION and NEURAXIS have been confirmed for the 2007 edition of "The Domination Tour", set to kick off February 14. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

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Carpathian Forest Charts In Norway

Norwegian black metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST have entered the national album charts in their home country at position No. 25 with their latest effort, "Fuck You All!!!!". The album also entered on position 60 in the official international Top 100 in Norway.

The band has announced that they will take a break for the remainder of 2006 (after their performance at the Kaltenbach Open Air in Austria, see below) and will prepare for a "touring marathon" in early 2007.

The only currently confirmed gig of Carpathian Forest is as follows:

14 Jul 06 Spital am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air 2006 www.kaltenbach-openair.at

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New Carpathian Forest Video Online

Norwegian Black Metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST recently shot a web-only live video for the "Diabolism (The Seed and the Sower)" song, off the new "Fuck You All!!!!" album. You can find it in the "Download" section of the Season of Mist website.

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New Carpathian Forest MP3, Artwork Revealed

CARPATHIAN FOREST has released the cover art for their upcoming album "Fuck You All!!!!." The artwork has been drawn by Nattefrost himself.

They've also revealed the names of several songs including "The frostbitten Woodlands of Norway", "Submit to Satan!!!", "Start up the Incinerator (here comes another useless Fool)", "Shut up, there is no Excuse to live..." You can download the song "Start up the Incinerator (here comes another useless Fool)" here.

Finally, the album will be available in limited metalpak edition and regular jewel case, as of May 22nd.

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Usurper To Appear On Inferno Festival

Chicago’s USURPER have just been confirmed to appear at INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL NORWAY 2006. Taking place, as always, in Oslo between the 13th – 15th April 2006 at the Rockefeller Music Hall, USURPER join a list of heavyweights already announced including EMPEROR, CATHEDRAL, MARDUK, BOLTTHROWER, DISMEMBER, CARPATHIAN FOREST and WITCHCRAFT. For a complete lune-up list, go here.

USURPER’s JON NECROMANCER is already fired up even though their might be a slight problem with stage gear. On Inferno’s site it clearly states: ‘Sharp spikes and studs are not allowed and will be removed at the door!’

“Obviously, Usurper is incredibly psyched at the opportunity to play in Europe again, especially at a fest as killer as Inferno. The line-up looks incredible this year, and we are bringing a 75 minute set packed with new songs, as well as some "oldies" going back to the demo era that we haven't played live in over 10 years! Scandinavia has always been supportive of us, especially in the early years, and we intend to do our best to repay the favor!”

The whole event is now virtually sold out, although a few day tickets are still available on the website

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Carpathian Forest Not Playing Metalmania Fest

Despite the festival organizers' announcement to the contrary, Norwegian black metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST will not perform at Poland's Metalmania 2006 festival. "The band never got any requests to play this festival, and I am scheduled to tour in the U.S. with GREEN CARNATION, starting 22nd of February and ending in early April. The touring activities with CARPATHIAN FOREST will start in the middle of April and last the rest of 2006", guitarist Tchort says.

The rest of the band's tour schedule and availability looks as follows: European campaign (April 14 - May 22), Australian campaign (end of May/early June), summer festival campaign (June-August), USA/South American/Mexican campaign (September), second European campaign, second (December).

As previously reported, Season of Mist has set a January 17, 2006 U.S. release date (one day earlier internationally) for CARPATHIAN FOREST's new album.

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Carpathian Forest Outline Live Schedule For 2006

Sublife Productions have started booking live shows for CARPATHIAN FOREST in 2006. The band will start their live campaign in support of the new album to be released by Season of Mist sometime in spring 2006. The tour schedule and availability looks as follows: European campaign (April 14 - May 22), Australian campaign (end of May/early June), summer festival campaign (June-August), USA/South American/Mexican campaign (September), second European campaign, second (December).

As previously reported, Season of Mist has set a January 17, 2006 U.S. release date (one day earlier internationally) for CARPATHIAN FOREST's new album. No further information is currently available.

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Testament Confirmed For MetalMania 2006 Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Carpathian Forest New Album Update

The new CARPATHIAN FOREST album is currently being mixed, with tracks from the upcoming release being mixed in 2 different studios. Depending on the results, the band will decide on which studio to use for mixing the rest of the album. That, as well as several mastering sessions are expected to be finished during the month of December.

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Trail of Tears, Carpathian Forest On CD Sampler

TRAIL OF TEARS, CARPATHIAN FOREST, BLOOD RED THRONE and GREEN CARNATION are among the artists featured on a free CD sampler that is currently being offered by Sublife Productions. You can download a free CD image, and print out the cover and tray spread at sublifeproductions.com.

Sublife Productions is the newly formed production company started by Kjetil Nordhus (GREEN CARNATION, TRAIL OF TEARS) and Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei; CARPATHIAN FOREST, EMPEROR, GREEN CARNATION, BLOOD RED THRONE). The company will serve as the record label for GREEN CARNATION, HARM, HATEPULSE (featuring Vrangsinn and Kulde from CARPATHIAN FOREST), ZYMBIOTIK and other acts that have yet to be announced. Sublife will also work as a booking agency/management company for the aforementioned acts as well as for CARPATHIAN FOREST, BLOOD RED THRONE, and TRAIL OF TEARS, among others. The first full-length release from Sublife Productions will be GREEN CARNATION's "The Acoustic Verses", which will be imade available worldwide in January 2006. Plans also exist for Sublife Productions to eventually offer beautiful landscape photos and designs based on Norwegian nature for album covers, booklets, etc.

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Carpathian Forest To Take Break From Live Shows

Norway's Carpathian Forest have posted this message at their official website:

"Carpathian Forest have decided to take a break from all live shows for the rest of 2005 and focus on completing the new album. CF will come back strong next year with the new album and another world tour!! Carpathian Forest is scheduled to play a 2 month long European tour in March/April, and a possible first-time-ever appearance in North America and a re-visit to South America and central America."

As previously reported, the release dates for the new album are January 16th in Europe and January 17th in the USA.

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Carpathian Forest Set Release Dates For New Album

Carpathian Forest have posted the following message on their official website:

"Season of Mist have announced a release date for the upcoming Carpathian Forest album; 16th of January (Europe) and 17th of January (USA) 2006. The band is almost finished with all recordings, only a few details left, and will decide where to mix the album within a short period of time."

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Just For Fun

The Other Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics

It's been a year since Mike of Ruthlessreviews.com posted his famous Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. He has just recently followed this up with (The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. These are humorous must-read pages for any metalhead who can laugh at metal and/or black metal (whether a fan of it or not).

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