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Green Carnation

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3 stars This release shows an impressive construction and order to the song. Melodic passages intertwine perfectly with heavier riffs that ebb and flow like the tide, with sailors seeking the tantalizing hope of a lighthouse in stormy weather. The lyrics seem to reflect the lack of hope an experience adventurer has before leaving on another expedition. This old sailor speaks of the influence his knowledge has, and how he does not envision the trip to be as magical as he hopes or expects it to be. The music's ebb and flow between soft and hard is the mental battle the protagonist is experiencing. However, the meaning is quite abstract, so I recommend taking a listen to find how the meaning unfolds for you.

The structure of the song is based on their new sound, which is seen in their new release, Leaves of Yesteryear. I dare to say that the band has noticed the success of Swedish band Ghost (Tobias Forge), and taken some influence from their newer albums. While at the same time Ghost has most certainly taken a page from the late 90's nordic metal scene as well, and we can see this homogenization and interconnectivity in these new releases by Green Carnation. This release sounds great in my ears, however, I can see how fans of the group can be left wanting more progressive depth as showcased in their earlier works, such as Light of Day, Day of Darkness. If this is a single from their next release, it will be interesting to see how this song connects with the rest of the passages, and if the more "mainstream" sound will continue.

TLDR: Reminds me of a relatively mainstream Ghost ballad, but I like Ghost and Green Carnation so that is fine with me. Great flow between melodic and heavy. 8/10 for the song and 3 stars as this single may become a part of the next large release.

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