Well, I managed to finish the second part of today’s Shades of Black before Monday after all. I’ll dispense with any further introduction and move directly to the music I’ve chosen, which is quite varied.
As of yesterday, when I wrote these words, the most-played track by Carpathian Forest on YouTube was “I Am Possessed” (one of the previously unreleased tracks that appeared on the compilation album We’re Going to Hell for This), with almost 590,000 plays. That song and album were released in 2002, more than a decade after the band first took shape. A couple of new albums followed that release, but nothing new has emerged for the last 12 years — until now.
So, in the annals of Norwegian black metal, it’s fair to say this new release is an historic event. But is it more than that?