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Green Carnation


Experimental/Post Metal

4.14 | 380 ratings

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el böthy
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2 stars Much would I like to give this album 5 stars just because of one thing... the whole album is just one hour long song!!! I mean, this should clearly be THE album among albums, the song among songs, right?...right? Well...sadly no, it doesn´t come even close. Sad, but true.

Don´t get me wrong, the song is still pretty good, but if one is gonna try to do an hour long track, it might as well be the best thing ever! Others that have attemped this colossal odyssey have done quite the good jobs; Dream Theater´s Six degrees of inner turbulence, Edge of Sanity´s Crimson and personal favorite Beyond Twilight´s For the love of art and the making, keeping the epic not only good and well composed but full of fresh ideas, interesting interplay and with more than one "Oh my God" moments. This however, isn´t the case with Light of day, day of darkness. There are not many impressive moments thrue out this album, thought I must give it to Tchort (the main composer), the whole thing goes quite smoothly thrue out the entire hour and nothing seems out of place or too forced. Having said that, some variation would be nice, cause most of the piece is quite similar in style to...well, most of the piece is pretty muh the same! With some exceptions here and there, like simple acoustic passages (which are quite good), use of different choirs and a sax/female vocals solo. This last two however, aren´t really that good. The use of the choirs is rather weak for me, they could have done it so much better, with so much power, but the end result are multiple voices singing quite flat and uniteresting, and the sax/female vocals solo is down right bad. A sax in metal?...mmm, not my cup of tea really, and of many others. A cello perhaps, would have been so much better, and the femal vocals are just as uninteresting. Another big problem for me are the lyrics. It seems to me Tchort wanted to speak about everything here, but he ends up speaking about absolutly nothing, for the lyrics have no connection from part to part, which might be good in some cases (Yes anyone...?) but here it´s really a weakness. Also, the vocal lines are quite poorly done, no good melodys, no great singing, although I´m sure that was intentional for making the album have a more melancholic feel to it, so ok, why not?

As I have said before, this is not a bad song, you might like it quite a lot, but for me, there aer way too many flaws (yes, down right flaws) for me to even give this album 3 stars. If you make an hour long song, better do it more than right, do it exceptional.

el böthy | 2/5 |


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