Strange Old Brew

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Strange Old Brew
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Studio album by Carpathian Forest
Released November 6, 2000
Recorded Sound Suite Studios
Genre Black metal
Length 37:11
Label Avantgarde
Producer Carpathian Forest, Terje Refsnes
Carpathian Forest chronology
Black Shining Leather
Strange Old Brew
Morbid Fascination of Death
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Strange Old Brew is the second studio album by Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest. It was released on November 6, 2000, through Avantgarde Music. It was re-released under digipak format in 2007 by Peaceville Records, containing an extra track. Contrasting with the previous Carpathian Forest releases, the sonority of Strange Old Brew is their most experimental one so far, mixing black metal with jazz interludes. It was their first release with Anders Kobro and Tchort in the band's line-up.

The track "Theme from Nekromantikk" (sic) is a cover of the opening theme of the controversial 1987 horror movie Nekromantik, directed by Jörg Buttgereit.

The track "Return of the Freezing Winds" is one of the first tracks of Carpathian Forest's repertoire, being present already in their first demo tapes, Rehearsal Outtake and Bloodlust and Perversion.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Nattefrost and Nordavind unless noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Damnation Chant" (instrumental) 1:01
2. "Bloodcleansing" 2:43
3. "Mask of the Slave" 4:12
4. "Martyr/Sacrificulum" 3:26
5. "Thanatology" 4:40
6. "The Suicide Song" 3:40
7. "House of the Whipcord" 3:58
8. "Cloak of Midnight" 5:28
9. "Return of the Freezing Winds" 3:07
10. "Theme from Nekromantikk" (instrumental; music composed by Hermann Kopp) 3:04
11. "The Good Old Enema Treatment" (instrumental) 1:53


Carpathian Forest
  • Roger Rasmussen (Nattefrost) — vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Johnny Krøvel (Nordavind) — vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Anders Kobro — drums, percussion
  • Terje Vik Schei (Tchort) — bass
Additional musicians
  • Nina Hex — female backing vocals on "House of the Whipcord" and "Cloak of Midnight"
  • Eivind Kulde — backing vocals on "Bloodcleansing" and "Return of the Freezing Winds"
  • Arvid Thorsen (Mötorsen) — tenor saxophone on "House of the Whipcord"
Miscellaneous staff
  • E. Øvestad — artwork (logo)
  • Nordavind — photography
  • Daniel Vrangsinn — artwork, design
  • Terje Refsnes — production, mixing


  1. ^ Serba, John. "Strange Old Brew – Carpathian Forest : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2012.