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Green Carnation


Experimental/Post Metal

3.10 | 15 ratings

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3 stars Nice (if short) set

In full disclosure this is a "flash" review written with only one viewing of a rental DVD. Nevertheless I felt I needed to write if nothing else to offer a slightly counter opinion to my esteemed colleagues: This DVD doesn't have poor sound in my opinion, it has a fine "live" sound. If this is what passes for weak audio quality these days, then today's kids really have it easy. True it doesn't match the production quality of a PT or Pain of Salvation DVD might feature, but it is perfectly enjoyable and capable of being turned to high volume without problems. This is an authentic local live sound that you would get walking into a large rock club in your city, not the super-slick perfection of the mega-budget projects- but there's nothing wrong with that. With that out of the way, the set itself is a compact killer of "personal" songs according to the band in the interview section. They start out with some raucous numbers that feel just a bit tentative, but by the time they hit the epic "Light of Day" excerpt they are really rolling and in fine form. My favorite thing about Green Carnation's metal style is the relaxed and spacious feel of the guitar. They go for these monstrous, lumbering chords and just let them ring on, enjoying the feel of the volume. The dual guitar assault on stage works very well to balance the constant crunch with more delicate introspective playing. Synths add great atmosphere via both background presence and occasional solo breaks of lovely melody. The vocals are strong and aggressive enough to compete with the highly mixed guitars and drums. The light show was minimal but the camera and editing work were more than competent, keeping you in great view of the pertinent action without driving you crazy with strobe editing. A collection of audio and video extras plus band interview make the package appealing for fans of the band and noobs alike. Again, I didn't get enough spins to offer much detail on the composition itself but found the disc to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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