Origin: France
Genres: Eclectic Metal

Carnival In Coal  

Carnival In Coal is one of those bands that define "everything but the kitchen sink". Quite willing to throw in every style of metal as well as many non-metal influences, their style is almost too much to comprehend, and certainly most difficult to actually describe. Reviewed here is their last of four albums, Collection Prestige, released in 2005. Essentially there's a black/death base somewhere, but then they throw in clean and death vocals, violins, xylophones, samples, quirky time changes, and plenty of irreverent/jokey lyrics. An album like this is bound to be hit-and-miss, and sure enough it is (the full-on disco (!) that is "Cartilage Holocaust" is a bit much, for example, as is the funky intro to "Fuckable"), but when they're on they're quite unbelievable. Predictably, reviews of this album range from absolute brilliance to disjointed garbage -- it's not for everyone, and even those who like quirky bands may not take to this, but to these ears it's a aural journey well worth the effort. They formally disbanded in September of 2007.

Current Members

Arno Strobl


Axel Wursthorn

all instruments


  1. In Darkness Dwells Vice
  2. Entrez le Carnaval
  3. Urine Facewash
  4. Got Raped
  5. Yeah, Oystaz
  6. Narrow-Minded Sexist Pig
  7. A Swedish Winter Tale
  8. She-Male Whoregasm
  9. XXX Dog Petting
  10. Dressed Like Pazuzu
  11. Turn Everything Upside Down Twice
  • Arno Strobl
  • Axel Wursthorn

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 

French Cancan 
1999 Season Of Mist
  1. Bark At the Moon
  2. Out of Misery
  3. Maniac
  4. Piranha
  5. My Favourite Armchair
  6. Baker Street
  7. Fall From Grace
  8. Mama
  9. Fucking Hostile
  • Arno Strobl
  • Axel Wursthorn

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 

Fear Not Carnival In Coal 
2001 Season Of Mist
  1. Yes! We Have No Bananas
  2. Cadillac
  3. JP.08
  4. Exit Upon Void
  5. Don't Be Happy, Worry
  6. Gang Bang
  7. Daaahhh
  8. Ring My Bell
  9. Fear/Fear Not
  • Arno Strobl
  • Axel Wursthorn

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 

Collection Prestige 
2005 Elitist
  1. Party At Your House
  2. Fuckable
  3. Satanic Disaster
  4. Right Click... Save As...
  5. Cartilage Holocaust
  6. The Lady and the Dormant Sponge
  7. Delivery Day
  8. Ohlala
  9. Living In the Plastic Age
  10. D.O.A. (Drunk Once Again)
  11. Promenade

  • Arno Strobl
  • Axel Wursthorn

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 


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