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  • Audio CD (November 20, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Prophecy
  • ASIN: B000I5YR42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The epic nature of this song is really hard to describe in words.
tacomaboy
If you like a good dark metal release you hear it, this should be a good buy to look into..
spiral_mind
It is clear that this was conceived as a unified whole, and it works very well.
Ironblayde

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Spellman on April 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
By now you may have already run across the acclaim this album is getting and are already itching to get your hands on it. Allow me to give you the added incentive to hurry and do just that because the raving praise this album has garnered thus far from critics elsewhere is justly deserved. Now, here is my own breakdown.
GREEN CARNATION's inception into the Metal community was not a good one from my vantage point. Their first release reeked of directionless confusion and dulled me into the next dimension. Had I walked away and ignored the band after that first release I would have truly missed out on one of the most majestic Metal releases in, well, decades really. Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness is quite nearly this decade's answer to PINK FLOYD's The Wall of the1970's. Not surprisingly that comparison transcends not just the 25 or so years separating those two releases and the obvious genre difference but the atmosphere this album carries with it is at times not too far from that established by PINK FLOYD in their heyday.
The album is one track. That's right - one song. Well, truthfully its really several songs that have been amalgamated into one but there are several seamless transitions that create the illusion of one long and journeyed composition. The only problem I had with this is that I can't advance to sections of the song because all cd players will read this as one track at 60 minutes plus. Not a problem when you consider that you'll be absorbed for the majority of your listen anyway. This is what makes this release so incredibly good - the sheer captivation of your senses.
The album begins with haunting synthesization and the innocent ramblings of a playful child (band leader Tchort's son in fact).
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on April 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In a perfect world I'd have heard of this album months ago and bought it the day it was released, so I would not have missed having it for so long. In the vein of A Pleasant Shade of Gray (by Fates Warning), Light of Day, Day of Darkness is entirely _one_ song, filling the album up to about 60 minutes. This is a fantastic, seemingly unheralded album.
I don't know who this Tchort guy is or what he's done in the musical world, but I'm convinced he's a talented man. This CD is his baby. "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" plays out in ebbs and flows of aggressive, crunchy metal passages and gorgeous, placid soundscapes, with influences ranging from folk to gothic to ambient to opera. Instrumentation runs the gamut of a traditional metal lineup to a wealth of non-metal ingredients: strings, saxophone, sitar, opera choirs, children choirs. There is a lot of B3 organ which imbues a certain "classic" feel. Needless to say, this is not your run-of-the-mill CD.
Listening to this album is a dreamlike experience, even during the heavy moments (of which there are many). When you wake after a dream you try and recall details, and yet they elude memory. The first several listens of "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" are similar. When the album ends for the first time, you try to reassemble seemingly disparate musical threads in your mind, but they are fleeting. It takes many of listens to piece this album together entirely, for the cohesion is deeply hidden. Musical passages lead you on in a haze of multifaceted musical realms united through ingenious arrangements and creativity. Recurring motifs are very subtle, excepting the album's main theme which plays out several times.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ironblayde on October 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I must admit, I was a little skeptical of this when I first picked it up. This album comprises a single song that just passes the one-hour mark, and I wasn't sure what to think of that. I figured it might very well be a series of shorter songs, strung together by someone who wanted to write an hour-long song just for the sake of doing so, without the benefit of track breaks. I was wrong.
For all its length, "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" never gets boring, never makes you want to skip forward to a later part of the disc. It is clear that this was conceived as a unified whole, and it works very well. The song was composed entirely by Tchort, who used to play bass for Emperor back in the days of "In the Nightside Eclipse," but those looking for black metal will have to look elsewhere. This song is as emotional as it is atmospheric, and has a surprising level of diversity. It runs the gamut from crushing heavy metal riffs to operatic vocals that wouldn't be out of place in the score of an epic film. This is beautiful music, and something that requires you to pay attention through several listens to pick up on everything that's going on.
I'm not exactly sure how to categorize this. It's one of those albums that defies traditional genre boundaries, and that's part of what makes it so interesting. After about a dozen listens through this one, I think I can safely say that it's one of the best metal releases so far this year. Buy it without hesitation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Peltier on September 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One track, one hour long! That's ambition. More than 40 musicians, 150 track recording
and 600 samples! Now that's excess. One man composed, arranged, mixed, co-produced
and conducted the effort. Now that's dexterity.
Yet, that is exactly what Green Carnation's latest offering is in its most simple form.
Though, the music itself is anything but "simple." The creative aspect entailed in "Light of
Day..." includes a wide ranging variety of textures and layers to paint a sonic portrait that
demands the listener's attention throughout the epic journey.
Meandering from one mood to the next nearly seamlessly while maintaining a thematic
quality throughout the piece, mastermind Tchort provides an emotional rollercoaster of
pastoral darkness that is as much in line with gothic atmosphere as it is progressive nature.
It is a unique balance of ethereal and doom which grows out of simply crafted melodies
which are then subtly embellished until they build into a near wall of sonic exuberance.
To pigeonhole this effort as mere artistic extravagance would diminish the genius in the
architecture utilized to create it. The entire endeavor top-to-bottom represents an venture
so grand in scale that to critique any single aspect outside of the whole would not do
justice to the beauty of the creation.
It can not be stated enough that "Light of Day..." transcends the traditional concept album
in that it flows as a single unified creation just water in a river would flow as opposed to
several individual ideas strung together as drops of water come together into a puddle.
Being absorbed in the composition is the goal, hence the reason why there are not even
sub-tracks on the recording.
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