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Carnal Forge

1997 Sweet Bride - Demo Tape 1997: Stefan Westerberg and Jari Kuusisto formed Carnal Forge in 1997. Both Jari and Stefan wanted to do something different beside the band that they already were involved in (In Thy Dreams). After testing some guys they finally started to get the band together. Johan Magnusson, Dennis Vestman (Steel Attack) and Jonas Kjellgren (Centinex & Dellamorte) joined the band and Carnal Forge was formed. Shortly thereafter they started to record their first and only demo-tape (Sweet Bride) in Studio Underground, Västerås, Sweden. The demo tape was sent to a few different labels and after just a few days Wrong Again Records called, because they really wanted to work with the guys. After all the paper work was done they started to work on the material for what would become ten so violent songs that even themselves where a bit surprised.

1998 Who's Gonna Burn - 1998 (War Music): Carnal Forge's debut album got the title "Who's Gonna Burn" and was recorded in Studio Underground during February and March 1998. After the release CF really got great reviews, and was about to get the band a name when something happened and they just disappeared for almost two years. This was because of the label, that didn't feel like promoting the album and the band. Under that period CF left Wrong Again to seek for a new label.

1999: The recording session of Firedemon took place in the fall in Studio Underground. At this point in time Lars Linden started to help the guys with their website and with the artwork of Firedemon.

2000 Firedemon October 2000 (Century Media Records): Let's go to the year 2000. CF had under the long sleep written some new material and already started and finished the recording of a new album when Dennis told the guys that he wanted to leave the band and do something else besides CF. Fortunately Jari's brother was really interested in taking Dennis place, and there was hardly any discussion about that because Jari and the rest of the guys knew that Petri Kuusisto was a really great bass player (also in In Thy Dreams) so Dennis place was filled and CF was whole again. The new album was titled "Firedemon" and once again the recording took place in Studio Underground except for two songs that where recorded in vocalist Jonas Kjellgrens Black Lounge. CF sent the album to some different labels and Century Media Record swallowed the bait.

2001 Please... Die! October 2001 (Century Media Records): Shortly after the signing with Century Media Record's Carnal Forge did a 17 gig long European tour in February, supporting The Haunted and Nile. After the tour CF started to make material for the 3rd album. While the new songs started to take shape Johan Magnusson left the band and former bass player Petri took over the guitar duties. Lars Linden (ex guitarist of Rosicrucian & Slapdash) a good friend to the guys in CF was asked to join the band as the new bass player. Lars had to learn both new and old songs really fast because a new recording date and some gig's were already booked. Second show was at the renowned 2000 Decibel Festival in Bengtsfors, Sweden. Fourth show with the band was on the main stage at the famous Wacken Open Air in front of 10,000 people he took the challenge and after the recording of CFs 3rd album "Please... Die!" he became a regular member of the band. Lars is also working in Studio Underground as a producer/engineer, and he made the artwork for "Firedemon", "Please..,Die!" and "The More You Suffer". "Please... Die!", Carnal Forge's 3rd album was recorded in June. The album was once again recorded and mixed in Studio Underground.

2002: This year started out with the "European Dismemberment Tour 2002", a 28 gig long European tour with legendary Mortician which inspired the band to write a lot of new material. Most of the summer was spent rehearsing in Sala, except for a twisted festival experience at the Smash Fest in Poland. In September it was once again time to enter Studio Underground to record album number 4, The More You Suffer, Jonas did his vocals at home in Black Lounge and brought it back to the mix at Studio Underground.

2003 The More You Suffer March/April 2003 (Century Media Records): Released in Europe (Century Media Records), USA (Century Media Records), Japan (Soundholic), Mexico (Scarecrow), Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan (Fono) Who's Gonna Burn - 2003 (Regain Records) - Re-Release: The year of 2003, the year that became the year of cancelled tours. It started out great with a fantastic trip to Japan where Carnal Forge did 6 headlining shows. Next thing to come was the New Jersey Metal Meltdown, the first show in the USA. Carnal Forge decided to resign with Century Media Records. Rob Halford's manager called in the middle of a rehearsal in Sala asking if CF wanted to join The 2003 Metal Gods Tour - USA, 34 shows with Halford, Testament, Primal Fear, Immortal, Amon Amarth. It was very easy to accept, but at the same time CF turned down a bunch of tours both in Europe and in the states just because of this. So the new album was freshly released in Japan, USA and in Europe and CF went to the states again. So far, so fuckin fantastic. After seven shows and a total blast, the tour was cancelled and the guys had to catch a flight home again. What to do now? Well, as there was nothing booked for the summer, as the band thought they were going to be tired of each other, the guys started to write new material again waiting for the European tour in the fall with Exodus & Nuclear Assault. Back to work again, then Testament asked CF to join the on their summer tour in Europe, but now CF had tied themselves to other commitments and had to say no, but joined for the shows in Sweden and in Norway. CF also played Dirty Black Summer Festival (SE) and Pressure Fest (D). Regain Records bought the rights from WAR and re-released the debut album Who's Gonna Burn. the band is at this date still waiting for the money from WAR and the re-release from Regain The Exodus tour the band decided to pass in the last minute as the situation kept changing and nothing seemed to be cleared. This tour also had made CF turn down other offers. The band decided to say FUCK OFF to 2003 and to only concentrate on the next album.

2004 Aren't You Dead Yet? June 2004 (Century Media Records) Released in: Europe (Century Media Records), USA (Century Media Records), Japan (Soundholic), Destroy Live DVD ?June 2004 (Metal Mind Productions) Released in: Europe (Metal Mind Productions), USA (Metal Mind Productions): After recording the DVD live show, Carnal Forge went straight into the studio to record what became Aren't You Dead Yet? Once again the same routine in Studio Underground and Black Lounge. This time the outcome became more brutal and furious than ever, but what did you expect? 2004 is payback time!