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Review: Carpathian Forest - Morbid Fascination Of Death
Carpathian Forest
Morbid Fascination Of Death

Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 2001
Duration: 46:16
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: April 22, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Morbid Fascination Of Death

Rated 4.59/5 (91.82%) (22 Votes)

One thing that is immediately noticeable on "Morbid Fascination of Death" is the many similarities with "Strange Old Brew" released a year earlier. Not exactly a surprise since both albums were recorded at the same time. However, fear not, they are not just serving us the same soup in a different bowl (uh.. what the hell kind of expression is that? :)) This album digs a bit more in the slower, very quiet, almost doomy atmospheres, at times featuring... a saxophone. The track in question is sad and depressive as hell, the kind that stops you in your tracks if you happen to be doing something else while listening. The saxophone is not exactly something you hear often on a metal album, but not only is its use very well done and effective, but they have managed to blend it seamlessly into the album.

This wouldn't be Carpathian Forest without some in-your-face fast stuff, and here the songs are in the same vein as on "Strange Old Brew", crunchy raw guitars with a little punkish type of sound. Amazingly, some of this stuff actually comes out pretty catchy. The vocals are low screeches, once again pretty much like they were on the previous album. Add some doomy keyboard parts here and there to give this album an even more hellish sound. The only thing I can complain about is that at times it sounds a bit too much like the previous album. Not necessarily a bad thing, but we'll have to wait until the next album to see where the band is headed next.

Once again Carpathian Forest demonstrate that they are one of the premier Norwegian Black Metal acts, one of the few early acts that hasn't compromised its sound by bending in to the trend of the day. Essential, just like their other releases.

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