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Green Carnation


Experimental/Post Metal

4.40 | 36 ratings

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5 stars Oh What a Night !

By posting "review no. 100" I decided it should be a special one, well, here it is! By watching this DVD I only could have wished I would have been there that night on the 3rd of August 2006, but unfortunately I didn't even know GREEN CARNATION yet back then.

During this night GREEN CARNATION played their entire Acoustic Verses album and some other material under a 30-meter tall dam built in 1939, several kilometers into the Norwegian mountains. They were also accompanied by the "Kristiansand String Quartet" who were playing the viola, cello and violins this night.

All instruments are played very well and accurate and Kjetil Nordhus surely has a magnificent voice. During the last 3 songs he is accompanied by the beautiful Norwegian female singer Anne Marie Almedal. She surely has a voice that accompanies her looks.

Most interesting moments on this DVD:

1) Guest violinist Leif Wiese (with the beautiful tribal tattoo on his right arm) treats us on some of the best violin play I have ever heard in one of my favourite tracks "Alone". This is the song of which the lyrics were based on an Edgar Allen Poe poem. Beautiful!

2) The young talented guitarist Michael S. Krumins playing Theremin on "Alone", another one of my favourite tracks. The Theremin was one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments invented by Russian Léon Theremin in 1919, and it is unique in that it was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. It consists of two radio frequency oscillators and two metal loop antennas. The electric signals from the Theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker. Just looking at Michael playing this instrument is quite amazing. With full devotion and with a lot of spirit. Awesome!

3) The extra tracks "Transparent Me" and "Six Ribbons", which haven't been on any of GREEN CARNATION's studio albums, but were taken from the The Burden Is Mine. Alone EP. Wonderful to hear those songs for the 1st time as part of the "Acoustic Verses" on this DVD.

Negative remarks of this DVD:

Almost none. The only thing I can think of is that this concert could/should have been a bit longer! With a total duration of just under one hour I think it is a bit short, and I'm sure songs from the Blessing In Disguise album, like "Lullaby In Winter", "The Boy In The Attic" and "Rain" would have sounded great in an acoustic setting as well.

Overall, being even better than The Acoustic Verses , I give it the full 5 stars.

evenless | 5/5 |


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