CARPATHIAN FOREST "Defending The Throne Of Evil"

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CARPATHIAN FOREST "Defending The Throne Of Evil"
  • Album: Defending The Throne Of Evil
  • Year: 2003
  • Label: SEASON OF MIST
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  • Norway

This band has become a cult on Metal scene thanks to 2 demos, very well mediated, and probably thanks as well to the fact they didn't rush to release many albums! Even if the modern influences point out dozens of atmospheric bands, there is a Black Metal mirage, an underground-unaltered one that continues to keep some fans' attention still awakened. For those fans, CARPATHIAN FOREST is still a great band, faithful to an orientation that might even represent a life style. I should mention that one of the two indispensable members, Nordavind, has been replaced in the last couple of years so that R. Nattefrost has now as colleagues fellows such as: Tchort (BLOOD RED THRONE, GREEN CARNATION), A. Kobro (ex-IN THE WOODS...) and the bass player/synth Vrangsinn. The new material is greatly arranged and undeniably posted into the core of Norwegian Black Metal universe. I'd say it is rather brutal, not at all atmospheric (in a bombastic version) and probably less melodious than one could expect. Here and there, some traditional folk passages come out and produce a great impact to the ear and so it happens with the Heavy Metal guitar's riffs. It is an aggressive screaming voice and I think that the rest of the composition does not go too far from what we used to listen to 10 years ago. Even if CARPATHIAN FOREST comes out with probably the best album in their history, I'd say that the orientation carries not major transformations in comparison with either "Black Shining Leather", "Strange Old Brew" or "Morbid Fascination Of Death". I could even say this album is in fact a well-deserved tribute to True Norwegian Black Metal and those who still believe in this concept will find a great pleasure in these 12 new tracks. If we had to regard this material strictly from the musical point of view, the Norwegians surely bring out a real jewel. Let's see: the synth passages alternate with those of a tremendous drum machine, the fast guitar parts harmoniously communicate with demonic vocals and even the experimental tracks such as "Cold Murderous Music" or "The Old House On The Hill" seem to create such indescribable stylistic confusion that one could hardly label it. The entire album might be a "interpreted" as a homage to the devil/evil as the musical path is one walked by hundreds of Black Norwegian bands in the last couple of decades. In fact, CARPATHIAN FOREST actually prepared for their fans exactly what they desired: a healthy Black Metal!