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Green Carnation


Experimental/Post Metal

4.14 | 380 ratings

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5 stars Take a seat and have a listen, this is an only track of 60 minutes. As a prog lover I do have some experience with lengthy tracks but this goes even further. Ok Green Carnation try to convince me that you can keep my attention for that long. In fact, they did. Haven't been bored for one second. What an outstanding song ! The atmospheric music and the songlines that are detached to it take time for a slow development from one magnificent fragment to another. The music on this album is baptised in a melancholic, dreamy mood. Throughout the album there seems to be going on a battle between hope and disappointment in the vocals ; I guess this what they mean with "light of day and day of darkness". The song takes off with a kind of ambient soundscape that would be suitable for using on a soundtrack but then the tension is building up till the guitar riffs drop in without disturbing the large landscapes of sound. The influence of Floyd is heavy felt on the keyboard parts which consists of organs and atmospheric keyboard sounds that include elements from space rock as well. But also some vocal parts are reminiscent to Floyd ; sounding lazy and astral at the same time but mostly very sad, great all the way. At one point there's even the famous riff of another brick in the wall. The drums are carrying the music in a slow and majestic way. Is this band preparing itself for stadium gigs ? I wouldn't mind ! It may seen odd but that doesn't mean this album isn't heavy. Off course also the guitar contains several screaming Gilmour ingredients but there's also some expanded heavy parts where the chords get damn meaty and some vocals are getting near to the sound of a death grunt. But then again in other parts of this album, the delicate playing of flute, piano or sax takes over without sounding out of place. It seems there's quite some diversity in styles but the changing of the different atmospheres goes smooth enough, you have to listen very carefully to notice it. Green Carnation are building on the strongest elements of Floyd, combine it with progmetal, eastern influences and even some Faith no more vocals. What do you get ? A high original but overall magnificent record with an enjoyable atmospheric, yet powerful sound.

Being unfamiliar with the band but having read several positive reviews my expectations on this album were pretty high before listening to "light of day, .". Still. got overblown by this fabulous record. This is great. I want to buy all of their albums !!!

Fishy | 5/5 |


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