In 2014, renowned guitarists Tchort and Blood Pervertor left Carpathian Forest to set up a new band called The 3rd Attempt. Following a series of online auditions, the duo chose Ødemark (Midnattsvrede) as their vocalist, and were joined by Tybalt (Fortid, Den Saakaldte) on drums. With their sophomore full-length album Egocidal Path, the project shows beyond a shadow of a doubt how right the two veterans were to head off to pastures new. It's an album that not only builds on its predecessor, but it leaves it far behind. There's still thrash, there's still black 'n' roll, and there's no doubting the presence of that black metal vibe. But there's a whole lot more besides. It exudes the confidence that comes from a band whose members have come together to create something loud, energetic and brash, with a variety that keeps it fresh and interesting, and shows off the undoubted skills and experience of each and every one of its members.