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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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Now what about the music? It is impossible to describe this music but I will try. A soft synth starts out this masterpiece which is soon joined by a subtle tea kettle whistle and some light guitar and drum work at the two minute mark. A childs voice can be heard in the background as the vocalist starts his agonized, melancholy singing about the 2:40 mark. This continues for about a minute and then after a heavy metal interlude is joined by a choir, then after another minute a very crunchy guitar comes in with the singer until the 6:30 mark, whereupon we slow down again and get reflective for about two minutes when the guitars and choirs very heavily chime in. At about 10:50, as good as the music is so far, Green Carnation is just getting warmed up, the music gets even better and we've barely gotten started.
I haven't mentioned the symphonic orchestra yet but their presence, mostly in the background, is invaluable. At the eleven minute mark the guitars, choirs and orchestra come together for a half minute leading to a drum and guitar interlude. Violins join in and take over at 12:40 and then the singer comes in joined by the crunchy guitars, singing "I think therefore I am, You are a fantasy made by me, I dream this world, When I end, the world will end with me, I am everything you are".
We are now at the 18 minute mark, at a slow heavy guitar part where the male choir sings for about two minutes and then solo for another minute culminating at one of my favorite parts. At twenty-two minutes and counting Green Carnation puts on their Pink Floyd hats for about five minutes and then becomes Green Carnation again until halftime(about 32 minutes).
At the 32 minute mark, a seemingly unrelated five minute section with a solo saxophone and lady singer makes it's appearance. I love lady singers but not this one and I find this section jarring and distracting in a most flawless performance otherwise.
At the 38 minute mark we return to the dark brooding passages that we experienced at the 18 minute mark, then a nice keyboard section that sounds slightly Pink Floydish again. This section also contains a great whining guitar solo. Now at 44 minutes(only three quarters of the way through), the music gets reflective again via our great singer and a plunking guitar changing to an organ at 46:30, then the pace picks up with the crunchy guitar a minute later.
At the 50 minute mark, the singer and both choirs join the crunchy guitar with a little up tempo section which leads us back to our half time singer and the full orchestra doing they're exceptional imitation of 'Salome' sitar and all. Back to the familiar G.C. sound and beat at 53:30 for a couple a minutes, then slow acoustic guitar and violins, leading to an ethereal sound and a baby talking. Then the Grand Finale and it is wonderful. If you think this sounds like a symphony or an opera, IT IS!!
This is the CD I would take on a long trip if I was limited to one item. A fabulous kaleidoscope of sounds that captivate your senses for this marathon one hour(YES 60 MINUTES)song/album. The Gods surely whispered in Tchort's ear(band leader/composer)while he wrote this masterpiece, for it smacks of divine intervention. What is amazing is the fact that it manages to hold your interest (it really absorbs you) and keep you coming back for more. In fact when I first listened to it I was in my car and it mesmerized me. I wouldn't stop driving because I didn't want to stop the music. I keep driving for an hour even though I only went to the post office 2 miles away.
Now what about the music.This song/album is so hard to categorize I won't try but it's predominantly symphonic and dark melodic with many light and complementing heavy moments. It is symphonic in nature and has enormous presence. I can also sense a touch of Pink Floyd, Queensryche and Therion, similar but different. For me to continue to describe this treasure would be folly. There have been so many glowing reviews written on this masterpiece by people more eloquent than I, so I'm going t borrow some of the highlights from these reviews.
Lets start with what the record company (The End Records) has to say; "Immensely epic in scope, blasting through dark passages of swollen, over-distorted guitars to serene, idyllic moments of acoustic and choral enchantment, this release will surely go down in history as one of the most progressive, innovative albums to ever see the light of day.
More than 30 musicians were involved into this epic project, including full opera and children's choirs, classical composers, saxophonists, church organists and a lot more. This highly complex work of art was recorded using 150 tracks and almost 600 samplers".
One glowing review says; "I could review this album with a single word...EPIC! It's a huge album that draws from pretty much every genre of metal music to make one fantastic album."
Another reviewer says; There are so many textures and moods contained in this sixty minutes that it simply leaves you awestruck upon it's completion, as if ending some surreal journey."
This reviewer states; "It is a tapestry of atmospheric, spacey, dreamy, often melancholy Pink Floyd-ish passages that flow into long, driving, relentless, irresistible buildup, climaxing into explosive, triumphant passages." She further adds; "This is one of the best CDs in my collection, and my favorite purchase in at least the last year if not longer.
And finally this writer starts off his review as follows; "Welcome my friends, welcome to Green Carnation. you are about to have a close encounter with a symphonic doom metal opus. So please be seated comfortably, get a long cold drink and let yourself be overwhelmed by the wave. It starts with sunrise to warm you up and ends with sunset music." Do you get the picture?
Here is the AMG biography on Green Carnation; "Green Carnation was formed in 1990 in Norway by X-Botteri, Cristopher Botteri, Tchort, and Anders Kobro. They found singer Richart Olsen and began to play around their homeland. The band managed to release a demo before Tchort left to join black metal superstars Emperor; Olsen left soon after and the band decided to disband. The remaining members reformed as In the Woods... and went on to have a successful black metal career of their own, but by 1998 the original members decided to re-form the band with new drummer Alf T. Leangel. The debut release, mostly written by Tchort, finally made it to stores in late 2000. Although Tchort still managed to start the brutal thrash metal band Blood Red Throne between albums, by 2001 he was back in the studio recording Green Carnation's sophomore effort, Light of Day, Day of Darkness. A high concept project, the entire album was actually one song that lasted an hour, jumping between black metal, psychedelic rock, and goth metal. - Bradley Torreano."
Tchort himself writes inside the album literature; " Light of Day...is musically dedicated to my son, Damien Aleksander for bringing joy, inspiration and meaning to my life, and lyrically dedicated to Christian and Christopher Botteri - on an everlasting mental and emotional journey".
I coulld write a book about this phenomenal creation, but here's the bottom line. LIGHT OF DAY is a profoundly, serious composition that is a must for the symphonic and progressive rock collector! GET IT, TURN UP THE VOLUME, PUT ON YOUR HEADPHONES, FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT AND GET READY FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR MUSICAL LIFE!!! TEN STARS!
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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