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Green Carnation


Experimental/Post Metal

3.89 | 156 ratings

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5 stars I ain't gonna drown!

And no, Green Carnation haven't drowned with this release. A stately dark album made with soft evocative passages and a sense of melody unheard of by bands in this style. (although classifying Green Carnation is quite difficult, at times.)

Starting off with an almost uplifting melody on sweet leaf, it morphs into this melancholy rush of prettiness that you just don't see. not just in prog, but in metal, as well. The acoustic guitar work is captivating, and lucid. Fluidity permeates the album, and goes hand in hand with the soft, yet powerful sounds. No showing off, here, or anywhere in the album, really. The Burden Is Mine is a shockingly bare bones tune that grabs you with its tear jerking and emotional lyrics beside haunting pale acoustic runs. Did I mention how this music is absolutely beautiful? The next stomach ripping atmospheric song is Maybe? This is another eerie melancholic track with light keyboard touches alongside dark vocals and moving guitar.

Alone is an album peak, with the strings soaring throughout, it is so fresh and pretty. Never bright, really, but always interesting and emotional. The song is quick and bombastic, absolutely stunning. Following its heels would be the album's suite "9-29-045" I quite enjoy it, but feel it is a bit overlong, for the album's cohesion as a whole. this doesn't bother me enough to really detract from the overall music, however.

The album ends with High Tide Waves. It has an overwhelming and dark feel, that ends it off amazingly. The atmosphere is of melancholic drowning. In all, a great song. The album isn't perfect, though. Some of the arrangements are sparse, and The suite is a bit overlong. The lyrics take a dip here and there, and The album maintains one main feel, and never really goes anywhere else. I love it, though. I hold it right up there with LODDOD. Four and a half stars.

Alitare | 5/5 |


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