Carpathian Forest ‘s Defending the Throne of Evil
Jan 7th 2010 Jad Jawhari Band/Album Reviews

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Carpathian Forest have been one of the most important yet underrated black metal bands in the history of black metal. They have amazing albums and they haven’t messed up, each and every record they made was unique and extremely amazing. Now this article is going to be dedicated to Carpathian Forests’ album: Defending the Throne of Evil.

This album is by far their most special album; it combines a lot of different elements: raw riffs, atmospheric keyboards, mesmerizing synths and mind blowing drumming. There isn’t really a specific genre description of this album but I’m going to coin one up, let’s call it Carpathian Black Metal. This album is so cold that it will give you chills even if you were listening to it in the desert. Now let me start reviewing the album song by song.

It’s Darker than you think: The song starts with some kind of orchestra, an atmospheric tune, very medieval-ish. Then the music calms down and the bass introduces the song. Then suddenly everything kicks in, the fast paced drumming, the aggressive riffs and the dark keyboard tunes. There are many sudden shifts in this song, and all of them set of a different mood and atmosphere. The vocals are so fucking splendid, the high pitches reached in this song are inhuman! To put it in short, this song is perfect.

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Skjend Hans Lik: This is one of the songs that are sung in Norwegian. This song is slower than the first one, however it is also great. What makes this song so special is the breakdowns! Those guys know their music to well, it scares me sometimes. At about 3:05 the song cools down, there are only strange sounds and some words being said, and then SUDDENLY, the music kicks in again. The song is very fucking dark! These guys are SICK!

The Well of All Tears: This song reminds me or Emperor a lot. The song starts with very down volumed guitar riffs with vocals and soft drumming. Then everything cools down except the guitar, afterwards the keyboards and the vocals embrace the atmosphere, the keyboards are so haunting that you would think the night is seeping into your room and possessing everything in it, including yourself! To continue this process, the song shifts to another sound and feel, this time you feel that you are the NIGHT; it gives you such immense power and aggression that will make you feel like a god!

Put to Sleep Like a Sick Animal: This song is reminiscent of their old work. They keyboards are down played on this track; they are somehow irrelevant. The lyrics are incredible! They are so blasphemous and give an “in your face” attitude. The song is raw and fast paced! This song isn’t for the weak hearted!

Cold Murderous Music and The Old House on the Hill: These are not songs in the true meaning of “songs” they are more like random sounds and noises put together, to convey some kind of weird and morbid feeling.

The rest of the songs are also amazing, so there is no reason to go through a thorough description of each. This album is a MUST listen to, Carpathian Forest should definitely be bowed down to for always being up to the standards and actually setting new standards each time they release an album! This band is one of the most talented and unique Black Metal bands. True GODS!!!

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  • Cyanide Symbiot

    Great review ! wasnt awhile ago when i was listening to a couple of their songs,talented band indeed.

  • Samer

    YOu can find Full Discography of this Band On the music Section : http://music.lebmetal.com/?p=941

  • koko

    Black Metal!

  • Caliban

    “This album is so cold that it will give you chills even if you were listening to it in the desert.” do you know what a desert is? do you know that the two largest deserts in the world are the antarctic desert and the arctic desert? both of which have severely cold tempratures.
    “some kind of orchestra, an atmospheric tune, very medieval-ish” do you know anything about medieval times? or are you just romanticizing what you do not know about?
    “their music to well”, this should be “their music too well”, bad grammar.
    “They keyboards are down played on this track; they are somehow irrelevant. The lyrics are incredible! They are so blasphemous and give an “in your face” attitude. The song is raw and fast paced! This song isn’t for the weak hearted!” This is my favorite part. You sound just like any adolescent who romanticizes and idiolizes every heavy thing he hears. How about you post a section of the lyrics and explain why they are blasphemous and how they give an “in your face” attitude. Maybe, although this is a far fetched hope, you can extract some meaning out of them instead of just telling us how they make you feel. They are obviously highlighting a fault in the Christian religion. The least you can do is point it out.
    “The rest of the songs are also amazing, so there is no reason to go through a thorough description of each.” Wow, this is strikes anyone as very professional. Did you suddenly get bored?
    I think this was supposed to be an album review, but it seemed nothing like it. That’s a shame. It’s just a load of subjective remarks.
    Very poor article.
    P.S. Pay attention to your grammar.

  • Jad Jawhari

    Caliban, I respect your “critique”. The way you are talking makes me feel asif you are a professional reviewer. I would like it if you’d be my mentor then 🙂 maybe I can improve myself through you OH GREAT REVIEWER.

  • Jad Jawhari

    In addition to that, I know about the Medieval times and I have read some books and articles about them. “You sound just like any adolescent who romanticizes and idiolizes every heavy thing he hears.” This quote made me laugh my ass off, I get entertained by people like you, people who act asif they know it all. Kepp up the critiques and please educate us all :).

  • Caliban

    I do not claim to be a know-it-all. I do not claim to be great reviewer, nor do I claim to be a critic. Anyone would notice the shortcomings of your album review.
    It’s great that you read about subjects which interest you; you are a rare case. However, I have to say that my use of the phrase “sound like” was just meant to state the impression you give. I am not implying that you ARE an adolescent. The reason which made me say so is simply because the intro is not in any way medievalist. It is best described as Romantic, following the Romantic ideal of expressing emotions (in this case anger I presume) in order to express a truth. You can sense the connection clearly if you listen to composers such as Rachmaninoff, Wagner, and Beethoven among others. If you think otherwise, then please, try to convince using a suitable methodology.

    P.S. when proved wrong, you do not lose anything. knowledge is always the cure for suffering. I believe you’d agree when I say that ignorance is suffering.

    So, keep on keeping on. Good luck with Vritian.

    Respect!

  • Dana Halabi

    I liked the article. It might not have been a full review but it was as if i was being told about the album face to face. Not too many details and just enough to get to want me to listen to the album 🙂 . (Y)