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LIGHT OF DAY, DAY OF DARKNESS

Green Carnation

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.12 | 279 ratings

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Zitro
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4 stars 4.3 Stars.

This is a very coherent and accessible epic (except for that vocal solo in the middle) with simple, yet effective guitar riffs/themes and vocal melodies. The song really flows smoothly from one section to the next and the melodies and riffs are very listenable, making the huge song very likable at first listen. I would love to give this Heavy Metal masterwork a 5-star rating since it is a 60-minute long song which is very challenging to make, and Green Carnation has pulled it off! However, I just can't give it 5 stars as I just can't see it as a masterpiece for several reasons that I will discuss later.

A reason why this album is so smooth is that most of the music sounds similar to the rest of the album. A huge majority of the album is spent introducing new heavy metal riffs while those operatic vocals are usually present. Of course, there are some very refreshing parts, but the disc lacks a bit of variety sometimes which is crucial when dealing with a song this long. The song uses certain formulas that seem to be repeated a bit throughout, such as a slow acoustic melody being played and then a distorted guitar follows with the same melody, and avoiding guitar solos (though it can be also seen as a good and refreshing quality)

Other issues I have with the disc: the vocals are not very impressive, though they are no mediocre by any means. The ending is in my opinion a failure as it just cuts off a beautiful positive moment and it ends with guitar riffs played in the beginning of the album and a fade in to a musical box melody which sounds very weak musically.

Of course, my main issue is the middle part of the album. For almost ten minutes, the music stops and all that's left is a female vocalist and a saxophone. The saxophone sounds sad and slow while the vocalist sings in many different ways, including a moment where she screams her lungs off in a very disturbing way, making it sound like if a guy had a "zipper" accident in his crotch. Overall, I find that moment a bit out of place, very uneventful, and too peaceful and also too disturbing for this album.

Despite these flaws that prevent the album from being called a Masterpiece by me, it is still a highly recommended disc that will grab you at first listen and never let go. In my opinion, this isn't much of a "prog" album, even though it's a 60-minute long song. It is just dark heavy metal being stretched for an hour in a mostly successful way, with some acoustic passages to bring contrast and that beautiful synth driven passage near the end with the sound of a baby. All these 60 minutes are played with just one guitar solo, so keep that in mind.

Recommended!

Zitro | 4/5 |

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