Carnal Forge was formed in 1997 by Stefan Westerberg (drums) and Jari Kuusisto (guitar). They were soon joined by Johan Magnusson (guitar), Dennis Vestman (bass) and Jonas Kjellgren (vocals). It didn't take long before they had recorded their first, and only, demo tape entitled "Sweet Bride". It was sent to various labels and they were soon signed to Wrong Again Records.
In 1998 their debut was released, it was called "Who's Gonna Burn". The band then 'disapeared' for two years. During that time they left Wrong Again Records and started looking for other labels. As the band had recorded their second album Dennis Vestman left the band but was quickly replaced by Jari's brother Petri Kuusisto. The album was called "Firedemon" and Century Media released it in 2000.
After they were signed to Century Media they embarked on a European tour with The Haunted and Nile. As they began working on their third album Johan Magnusson left the band. Petri switched to guitar and the band then asked Lars Lindén (bass) to join. "Please... Die!" was released in 2001. In 2002 they recorded "The More You Suffer" and released it in 2003. It was followed by "Aren't You Dead Yet" in 2004.