Carnal Forge

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Carnal Forge
Carnal Forge live, 2009 (5).jpg
Carnal Forge in 2009.
Background information
OriginSala, Västerås, Stockholm, Sweden
GenresMelodic death metal, thrash metal
Years active1997–2010, 2013–present
LabelsWAR Music, Relapse, Century Media, Candlelight
Associated actsGodsic, Soulbreach, Steel Attack, Construcdead
MembersPeter Tuthill
Lars Linden
Petri Kuusisto
Dino Medanhodzic
Chris Barkensjö
Past membersStefan Westerberg
Jens C. Mortensen
Jari Kuusisto
Jonas Kjellgren
Johan Magnusson
Dennis Vestman

Carnal Forge are a Swedish band, best classified as thrash metal with some melodic death metal influences. Their name originates from a song on Carcass's album Heartwork.


Formed in 1997 by Jari Kuusisto & Stefan Westerberg, Carnal Forge released its debut, "Who's Gonna Burn" (War Music), in 1998. After signing with Century Media in early 2000, the band released "Firedemon" later in the year.

Petri Kuusisto joined and the band would tour Europe supporting The Haunted and Nile and make the first of several prestigious festival appearances.

In 2001 Lars Linden joined just to the recordings of "Please... die!" (Linden making his debut with the band at the year's 2000 Decibel festival and Wacken Open Air). "The More You Suffer" (2003) and "Aren't You Dead Yet" (2004) would continue to see the band expand fan and worldwide sales base as well as touring in Europe, USA & Japan, playing a number of festivals (Sweden Rock Festival (SE), Metal Meltdown (USA), Fury Fest (FR), Pressure Fest (DE), Kaltenbach Open Air (A), Summer Breeze (DE), Fuck the Commerce (DE) Metal Fest URI (CH) etc. and releasing the live DVD "Destroy Live" recorded live in Kraków, Poland (2004).

Vocalist Jens C. Mortensen would join the band's ranks in late 2004. In early 2005, the band began work on new material and the first pre-prod recordings with Jens were made late 2005. In 2006 demos of all songs were made and in Oct the real recordings started.

In January 2007, the band signed to Candlelight Records. "Testify For My Victims" was released June 2007. Director Owe Lingvall (Village Road Film) has made two videos for the songs "Burning Eden" and "Numb (The Dead)". Both videos recorded in Umeå, Sweden in January 2007, and additional photage for "Numb" during the fall.

In November 2007 Jens and Jari both decided to part ways with Carnal Forge for personal reasons. Shortly after the replacements were found in Peter Tuthill (Vocals), and Dino Medanhodzic (Guitar). Peter Tuthill released 2 albums with Construcdead prior to joining Carnal Forge. Dino Medanhodzic has released one album with Soulbreach and is also a well reputated album producer as well as video director.

On the 27 of September 2009 Carnal Forge released the first song with the new line up. The song is called "Blood War". Blood War is written, recorded & produced by Carnal Forge in their own studio in Sala and mixed by Dino Medanhodzic.

In Jan 2010 Stefan Westerberg left the band and was replaced by Chris Barkensjö.

The video for Blood War was released in June 2010. This was Stefan Westerbergs last appearance with the band.

After the Rock Weekend Festival 2010, the band took a break and some of the members has been working on side projects.

At the moment Carnal Forge is writing new material and working on pre-productions for the next album.


Title Release date Label
Sweet Bride 1997 Demo
Who's Gonna Burn 22 September 1998 WAR Music/Relapse Records
Firedemon 14 November 2000 Century Media
Please... Die! 22 October 2001 Century Media
The More You Suffer 22 April 2003 Century Media
Aren't You Dead Yet? 21 June 2004 Century Media
Testify for My Victims 21 May 2007 Candlelight Records
Gun to Mouth Salvation 25 January 2019 ViciSolum Productions


Title Release date Label
Destroy Live 2004 Metal Mind Productions

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Jari Kuusisto – rhythm guitar (1997–2008, 2013–present)
  • Petri Kuusisto – lead guitar (2000–2010, 2013–present)
  • Lars Linden – bass (2001–2010, 2013–present)
  • Lawrence Dinamarca – drums (2013–present)
  • Tommie Wahlberg – vocals (2018–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Stefan Westerberg – drums (1997–2010)
  • Jonas Kjellgren – vocals (1997–2004)
  • Johan Magnusson – guitars (1997–2000)
  • Dennis Vestman – bass (1997–2000)
  • Jens C. Mortensen – vocals (2004–2007, 2013–2018)
  • Peter Tuthill – vocals (2008–2010)
  • Dino Medanhodzic – guitar (2008–2010)
  • Chris Barkensjö – drums (2010)



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