GREEN CARNATION

Progressive Metal / Non-Metal / Death Metal • Norway
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Green Carnation are from Kristiansand, Norway. They formed in 1990 as a death-metal act, but did not release their first album until 2000. This is because shortly after having formed as Green Carnation, main composer Tchort left the band to join Emperor. The rest of the band continued/restarted under a new name: In the Woods.... Tchort decided to restart the band after In the Woods... disbanded, including some old In the Woods... members back into the band.

Their style is most often described as progressive doom metal, with avant garde elements, though their more recent material has been tending away from the 'doom' side. This is perhaps best exemplified by their latest album, The Acoustic Verses, an all-acoustic album almost entirely devoid of the doom metal sound of their previous work. However, in the inlay to The Acoustic Verses, main man Tchort stated that the band is in the
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GREEN CARNATION albums / top albums

GREEN CARNATION Journey to the End of the Night album cover 3.91 | 11 ratings
Journey to the End of the Night
Progressive Metal 2000
GREEN CARNATION Light of Day, Day of Darkness album cover 4.03 | 32 ratings
Light of Day, Day of Darkness
Progressive Metal 2002
GREEN CARNATION A Blessing in Disguise album cover 3.71 | 10 ratings
A Blessing in Disguise
Progressive Metal 2003
GREEN CARNATION The Quiet Offspring album cover 3.40 | 12 ratings
The Quiet Offspring
Progressive Metal 2005
GREEN CARNATION The Acoustic Verses album cover 3.97 | 12 ratings
The Acoustic Verses
Non-Metal 2006
GREEN CARNATION Leaves of Yesteryear album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Leaves of Yesteryear
Progressive Metal 2020

GREEN CARNATION EPs & splits

GREEN CARNATION The Burden Is Mine... Alone album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
The Burden Is Mine... Alone
Progressive Metal 2005

GREEN CARNATION live albums

GREEN CARNATION demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

GREEN CARNATION Hallucinations of Despair album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hallucinations of Despair
Death Metal 1991

GREEN CARNATION re-issues & compilations

GREEN CARNATION The Trilogy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trilogy
Progressive Metal 2004

GREEN CARNATION singles (1)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
The World Without a View
Progressive Metal 2020

GREEN CARNATION movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Alive and Well? In Krakow
Progressive Metal 2004
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4.33 | 3 ratings
A Night Under the Dam
Progressive Metal 2007

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GREEN CARNATION A Blessing in Disguise

Album · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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"A Blessing in Disguise" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Norwegian progressive metal act Green Carnation. The album was released through Season of Mist in June 2003. Green Carnation was formed in 1990 as a death metal act, but was initially a short lived project which ended in 1991. Guitarist Tchort then joined black metal act Emperor and played bass on their now legendary debut album "In the Nightside Eclipse (1994)". Tchort shortly after left Emperor and layed low for a couple of years before reuniting with some of the original Green Carnation members, who in the intermediate years had kept themselves busy in In the Woods.... The band´s debut full-length studio album "Journey to the End of the Night" was released in 2000.

The sophomore album "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" followed in 2001. Both of those relases feature a dark, progressive and doom/gothic metal style and both are concept releases (the latter solely features one hour long track). With "A Blessing in Disguise" the band have opted for a different songwriting approach and sound. The material on the 9 track, 56:19 minutes long album are still rooted in heavy metal, but the overall sound is predominantly a heavy progressive rock style, featuring "regular" rock instrumentation of guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, but also keyboards (predominantly vintage sounding). The tracks are melodic, relatively catchy, and while not overtly complex, they are still nicely intriguing and adventurous. The atmosphere is melancholic and dark, but not a pitch black type of darkness. Dark melancholy is a more fitting description. If I have to compare the sound on "A Blessing in Disguise" with another artist, I would pick the Dan Swanö led Nightingale as a reference. Although the two artists don´t sound alike, there are many similarities in the overall approach to playing heavy progressive rock.

The musicianship is strong on the album, with greatly skilled and organic instrumental performances, and a strong vocal performance by Kjetil Nordhus too. "A Blessing in Disguise" also features a powerful and organic sounding production, which suits the material well, so upon conclusion it´s a strong third album release by Green Carnation. Some fans of the first two releases may not be completely satisfied with the change of sound, but fans of heavy progressive rock featuring a melancholic atmosphere, should find this a greatly enjoyable release. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

GREEN CARNATION The Quiet Offspring

Album · 2005 · Progressive Metal
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This was the first GREEN CARNATION album i purchased and at the time i was surprised at how accessible it was knowing the relationship this band originally had with IN THE WOODS... And certainly the album cover made me think this was probably going to be a dark and atmospheric record. Well this is even more mainstream than the previous album "Blessing In Disguise". This is sort of conceptual album about childhood experiences. The pictures of the band members in the liner notes are of when they were children. This is a good rocking album but man i feel that their first two recordings have completely spoiled me for this more straight-forward style of music.

GREEN CARNATION A Blessing in Disguise

Album · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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I still remember the first time i heard the opening track of this album, i couldn't believe it was the same band who created "Journey To The End Of The Night" and "Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness". That first track is especially catchy and straight-forward, in fact it's my least favourite song on here. I would soon find out that this album does have it moments but it pales when compared to the previous two recordings. The final track "Rain" is my favourite and maybe that's not so surprising since the lyrics were taken from poems written for the "Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness" sessions. That darkness and edge has been scaled way back and the songs are shorter as well. So a good album for sure but for me it's not worth the 4 stars.

GREEN CARNATION Light of Day, Day of Darkness

Album · 2002 · Progressive Metal
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While the debut was a very dark and depressing album, this the follow-up at least has lots of light in it. The subject matter is still about Tchort losing his daughter but it's shared through the "joy, inspiration and meaning" that his son has brought into his life. And so the music here is dedicated to his new son. Lots of beautiful pictures in the thick liner notes as well. Tchort refers to this recording as his musical legacy. One long 60 minute piece where Tchort can tell us about his feeling without being interupted. The three IN THE WOODS... members who were on the debut aren't here this time but Tchort does dedicate the lyrics to the Botteri brothers. The album starts with atmosphere and we can hear a child making sounds. Some killer stuff throughout the 60 minutes then the recording ends with the sound of a music box. Fantastic lyrics too. In my opinion this is a masterpiece just like the debut but man it has a completely different mood to it.

GREEN CARNATION Journey to the End of the Night

Album · 2000 · Progressive Metal
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First of all i think i'm the only one on the planet who considers this a masterpiece so you can take this review with a grain of salt. I guess my love for the dark and heavy style of music helps with my appreciation of this one, but i'd also say the subject matter brings an important emotional element into it as well. Tchort the leader of this band lost his daughter to a tragic accident prior to this and this recording deals with his sufferings, questions and sorrow. It's like taking a trip into the darkest realm of someone's mind and witnessing their torment. The lyrics are so meaningful but then so is the music. The music to me is very similar to IN THE WOODS..., especially their "Omnio" album. In fact the Botteri brothers and Synne are here from that band and this is the only GREEN CARNATION album that they were a part of. No doubt helping an old friend. Just look at the titles of the songs here. There's no light on this record. Surprisingly the opening instrumental is the most emotional for me. It's called "Falling Into Darkness" and one can't help but think that's how Tchort felt when he heard the awful news. There's so much amazing music on this album though and i highly recommend it despite the depressing nature of it.

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