Released: 2004, Season of Mist
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Nattefrost, the frontman of Norwegian black metallers, Carpathian Forest, has finally lashed out with his own solo album entitled, BLOOD & VOMIT. This isn’t far off from his main band’s music because he writes most of it, too. Nattefrost plays pure, raw black metal but with his tongue planted firmly in cheek (the back cover of the CD reads “True Primitive Narrow-Minded Black Metal” and “Probably the best album in the world”). He sings and plays all the instruments, but he has brought in past and future CF members Vrangsinn (background vocals on tracks 1, 2 and 8 and bass on “Satanic Victory”) and Nordavind (vocals on “The Art of Spiritual Purification” and backing vocals on “Satanic Victory”) to help, as well.
“Ancient Devil Worshipping” opens with a lengthy black mass and lightning fast drums and guitars. Nattefrost’s raspy vocals are mixed just right and a nice bass line backs everything up. “Sluts of Hell” contains more steady bass and drums, which goes completely against the black metal “rules.” The first 1:10 of “The Art of Spiritual Purification” features Nattefrost puking his guts out before launching into a searing vocal performance by Nordavind. “Whore (Filthy Whore)” contains such brutal and vile lyrics that anyone able to decipher what he’s saying will be horrified. “Nattefrost Takes A Piss” is exactly 29 seconds of just that. “The Gate of Nanna” is a decent cover of a Beherit song, but is much slower in tempo than the rest of the songs. “Still Reaching For Hell” is a six-minute instrumental of evil sound effects before closing with a trumpet/mariachi band section—typical Nattefrost humor!
BLOOD & VOMIT is one of the best black metal albums I have heard since…well, the last Carpathian Forest album! The music is well done and as over the top as the lyrics are, it’s refreshing that Nattefrost doesn’t take himself too seriously.
KILLER KUTS: “Ancient Devil Worshipping,” “Sluts of Hell,” “Whore (Filthy Whore),” “Mass-Destruction”