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Now officially re-released, Carpathian Forest's first E.P. from 1995 is a definitive statement of the band's early years, less comprehensive than the 1997 'Bloodlust and Perversion' demo compilation, but much more consistent.
The songs are all of a perfect length, lacking the self-indulgence that occasionally comes with the atmospheric black metal style, and in truth the band tempers these ambient tendencies with songs harking back to the simplistic, riff-based style of traditional black metal, the style they would eventually adapt to a more rock-oriented direction for their later works. This is a shame, as the songs that have a little more going for them - namely 'The Eclipse / The Raven' and 'Journey Through the Cold Moors of Svarttjern' - hint at a different direction the band could have pursued, one that could have been much greater.
The sound quality of this E.P. is superior to the demos, but still some way from a polished album. The guitars are a little quiet on occasion, and although the contrast between fast and slow sections in 'The Pale Mist Hovers Towards the Nightly Shores' makes it the most entertaining of the more typical black metal songs here, it's noticeably hindered by the sound quality and is never convincingly heavy. 'Carpathian Forest' is a short and effectively simplistic anthem, but one that doesn't really impress, while this release's finest offering is undoubtedly the perfect mix between atmospheric and harsh black metal styles in the brilliantly bipolar finale.
1. Carpathian Forest
2. The Pale Mist Hovers Towards the Nightly Shores
3. The Eclipse / The Raven
4. When Thousand Moons Have Circled
5. Journey Through the Cold Moors of Svarttjern
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Carpathian Forest
2 Pale Mist Hovers Towards The Nightly Shores
3 Eclipse/The Raven
4 When Thousand Moon Have Circled
5 Journey Through The Cold Moors Of Svarttjern