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Light of Day Day of Darkness

Green CarnationAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B00005UK1F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness - Green Carnation

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Full title - Light Of The Day, Day Of Darkness. Immensely epic in scope, blasting through dark passages of swollen, over-distorted guitars to serene, idyllic moments of acoustic & choral enchantment, this release will surely go down in history as one of t

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamlike, ingenious 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An unparalleled musical journey 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Light of Day, Day of Green Carnation 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Darker than Dark Side of the Moon, and at a record breaking 60 minutes is the longest single prog epic to my knowledge. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I have been an avid lover of progressive/concept rock for over 30 years, especially long tunes, but I do not know how I missed this epic song by Green Carnation for over 10 years... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Merlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle if Orgrisses
I first heard of Green Carnation while driving to a concert a few towns away. The person I was driving with, owned this album. Read more
Published on December 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in your mind
Dedicated to his son by the composer, guitarist and the maker of the lyrics, is an entire hour song and that drummer hits the song in an elegant form
Published on June 16, 2012 by Reality
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to be big
Ambitious but ultimately underwhelming prog-metal opus thrives on simply length alone without offering enough showstopping cohesive parts to justify the bloated whole.
Published on May 3, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Quiet Offspring" is my favorite GC album but my favorite GC TRACK...
...the title track.

At 60 minutes, this lies as my 2nd favorite song of all time (keep in mind that just because it's long doesn't mean it's good), and is an epic I can... Read more
Published on August 13, 2008 by Renfield
5.0 out of 5 stars The textbook definition of "grandiose"
With "Light of Day, Day of Darkness", Green Carnation crafted the ultimate epic: a 60-minute song that fills the entire album. Read more
Published on May 24, 2008 by The Wickerman
3.0 out of 5 stars Noteworthy
I got the album in 2004-05 and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the album the string arrangements and the countermeasured bursts of electric guitar solos and long drawn out riff... Read more
Published on March 10, 2008 by getgo
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
Highly repititious not nearly enough changes in tempo if broken down to standard song length (time) >few good riffs and vocals are weak. Headed for the do not play pile. Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by D. FOGARTY
5.0 out of 5 stars A COMEPLETE MASTERPIECE - In every sense of the word...
'Light of Day, Day of Darkness' is a complete album in every possible way: Not only is the album one continuous song; it is one whole composition, fitted together with all the... Read more
Published on May 17, 2007 by tacomaboy
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