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LIGHT OF DAY, DAY OF DARKNESS

Green Carnation

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.11 | 278 ratings

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Smegcake!
4 stars Excessive music? Well, here is the blueprint for excess.

One hour long progressive metal opus. As the reviews around this release show, it's got a huge reputation as one of the greatest one song albums of all time. I don't disagree with that. But there's not that many to compare it to. When I think of a fantastic one track album, I think of Jethro Tull's two masterworks, Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play. There isn't a comparison to make between them and Green Carnations 60 minute dark journey. But we can't really think about comparing progressive metal of the 21st century with the 1970s prog rock, can we? I'm sure you can find people who do.

They're completely different cans of worms. They are bursting with ideas and instrumental prowess, and in many ways, very satisfying in their approach. Of course, there are always shortcomings that prevent me from saying outright that this is the definitive statement of all progressive music, and defines the movement entirely - because it doesn't. It just happens to be a very long, very competent piece of music. That's all.

There's nothing too memorable about it, but when you're on the journey, you may not think so. It has power, and wields it unrelentingly. Perhaps that's grounds to question if this is really comparable to other one track albums. It doesn't share the same instrumental showmanship of Jethro Tull for instance, there are dense, heavy riffs and plodding drums and bass. It's not a speeding tune at any point, so you'll have to get used to the pace that is offered in the first few minutes.

Lyrically, it's pretty vague. And lyrically, it doesn't seem to emerge anywhere special. Do I know an easy way to say that it doesn't share masterpiece status with some releases? Well, I just said it. It's not the best thing out there, but if you want ambition, power and occasional wow moments, then this release may just offer it to you.

In their later works, Green Carnation wisely altered their technique - which only increases my appriechiation for their work. At times it has more then its mammoth length to help it stand out. There's some true greatness somewhere in the beast. But I can't help thinking it could have been shaved at least a little bit.

4 stars.

Smegcake! | 4/5 |

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