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Green Carnation


Experimental/Post Metal

3.41 | 81 ratings

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3 stars Journey to the End of Night ? 2000

9 ? Best Song: Under Eternal Stars

It's a frustrating rip-off of Opeth. Is that going to answer your questions quickly and without mussing anything up from point A to B? The soft guitar melodies might as well have not been written in the first place, the female singing doesn't match the music one bit, and she is so damn monotonous! She's pretty and all, but what's there to do about honest-to-goodness melodic sense, huh brethren? When are we going to stand up and fight against this vile tyranny? Eh, enough of that biased hogwash. Green Carnation are more than competent ? founded by two black metal guitarists who decided that black metal just sucked it up big time by itself and that nobody would take them seriously as musicians unless they burned down churches and ate the corpse of their murdered best friend. Assuming this Tchort fellow didn't want to rot in prison with Isahn, we get black metal + progressive folk.

It's not new, and it's not fresh, and they don't know what the hell they're doing. 'In the Realm of the Midnight Sun' has the same simple bass guitar groove pounding behind keyboard and loud guitar and pseudo opera atmospherics for nearly fifteen minutes, which is almost unbearable. 'My Dark Reflections of Life and Death' is even worse, nearing 20 minutes. It'd be understandable if the songs differed even slightly, but to be perfectly honest, this isn't anywhere near the case. It's fine when the male is singing and his voice fits the doom guitar chug, but what else? It's competent, and I commend them for doing something so unpopularly popular. 'Under Eternal Stars' contains some nice moments, but it's another case of not enough substance. It's four epics, little wit, no real melodies to speak of, and a lot of repetitive themes. G'day.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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