Green Carnation
Light of Day, Day of Darkness


3.5
great

Review

by Tojes Dolan USER (33 Reviews)
February 6th, 2007 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Green Carnation's sophomore release is one of the longest songs made ever prior to it's release. Is the pretentiousness of the album itself a detriment to it's quality? Or does it make sense as an overall feature?

I have a recent tendency to like long, really long, unresolving music. Why? Is there a reason why I like really long music for the sakes of it? Or is it that I’ve changed my ways of seeing things, now that I’ve changed my transporting habits?.

However it is, I decided I should review Green Carnation’s Light of Day, Day of Darkness. Prior to this, as usual, I doused myself in knowledge about the band, instead of programming like a good engineer. This may lead to believe that my self-deprecating condition for reviewing long albums is, in one word, stupid. Some may remember Corrupted’s “El Mundo Fr*o” review, and it’s in the same vein of this album. A long, really long experience. Nonetheless the experience, despite being treacherous and rocky, is not similar at all. Corrupted’s album is based on minimalism mostly, so beauty relies upon making things be tiny, yet different every step of the way. Green Carnation’s focus for the album isn’t this at all.

The sound overall is more filled with ambience, with elements that come out bursting out of the walls, if heard through the right headphones (professional attitude right there people). The song begins, as any other epic-long-pretentious song, building up and resolves to a very impetuous, guitar riff, accompanied by a nice keyboard in the back, sued to add to the musical experience a certain “despair” factor. The first verses end with “Light of Day, Day of Darkness”, which ends a cycle, and enters a tranquil section again, always with drums behind. This section goes quicker to hard-mode, and there’s always a keyboard behind. The second section feels much more “progressive” to say it in a way. There’s a good balance between the heavy and the soft sections, but there are hints of Doom here or there. The riff around minute 18 tells me so, at least, and the heavy riff after the short acoustic section. Other really nice riffs are the one around minute 22, and the subsequent instrumental, the female vocal intervention around minute 33 (with sexy sax and all that jazz), minute 41’s section is pretty beautiful as well, and the solo that follows it… such a great culmination.

The album/song makes a great use of all this sections, since there’s never a single minute left that’s boring. The clean vocals are good, but that’s it. You either love them or hate them. There’s no presence to them. They sound good, in key… but they still feel like they could do a bit more, they don’t necessarily sound bad, just the presence feels… unpleasant. The keyboards, on the other hand are one of my favorite instruments in this albums, because they are not shred-in-your-face-slut kind of importance, but more like adding to the vibe when they are required. The drums are also spot-on, some really nice interesting fills here and there that keep it interesting. Also the section in minute 33 gives the song an interesting turning-point, because it do feels unexpected and is very well achieved. The screaming at minute 36-ish doesn’t sound very pleasant though. Like she couldn’t reach the note… or… I don’t know. The despair is pretty constant and nice. Awful vibrato, though. The progressions in general are very well achieved and don’t feel like separate sections… at least not for the most part. Some parts that are like Heavy-Silence-Soft do feel a bit out of place, but that’d be nitpicking, it’s pretty nice disregarding that. There’s a section around minute 44 that isn’t all that great, but picks up nicely, going back to the first section. The end of the song is very nice, as well, before the baby speaking and after that. That’s something that makes the whole song round, but I’m trying to figure out the meaning of that… Maybe babies are the light of the world! Oh Surprise! OK maybe no.

The lyrics of the song didn’t impress me at all. The date of the album shows that the lyricist wasn’t really that much used to using the songwriting elements available, and the images, despite being solid are slightly dull:

Doves and birds, grass and trees
Where was all I used to see?
Why am I not
What I used to be?

I see the unseen
I hear the unheard
I learned the secret
But not before I learned

Then again, you can find really nice lines every now and then:

Night divide day, day erase night
Light of day, day of Darkness

In Twilight atmosphere
A silent seductive call

Further read indicates that there are a lot of these really cute, interesting lyrical moments, but I think it’s unnecessary to put them all down here. I think there’s a balance between nice and … cliché, to say it in a way. But for the most part, things come out nicely and there’s a balanced amount of both.

So overall, I can say this is a great album, but nothing more. Some sections are slightly tiring but for the most part do what they have to do when they have to do it, and the vocals are just not my thing. Maybe they are growers, but to be quite honest I don’t want them to grow on me. I’ve heard them long enough and they don’t really work so there you go. >: [

It’s a nice, enjoyable thing to listen to if you like progressive music, but it clearly shows there’s more for this band, and well. Time tells.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MetalReggie
February 6th 2007


21 Comments


Nice review mate. Cant say I'll check this out - a lot more "difficult" albums on my list which look more interesting.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
February 7th 2007


3772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've tried so many times but i've never been able to get through this album. I can listen to A Change Of Seasons, The Art of Life, and some other long stuff, but this... I just can't. Your review sounds like what it would be if i could actually get through it, heh.

Digging: The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends

whatsgrimace
February 7th 2007


47 Comments


I actually mustered up the balls to listen to this entire thing last night, and I have some pretty mixed feelings about it. I think you summed them up pretty well, though. The album has its moments, but for the most part it came off as sort of sloppy and forced in the end. It seemed like they were trying to be epic just for the sake of doing so a lot of the time.

GC did get better though! The Acoustic Verses is amazing.

Dr. Jake Destructo
February 7th 2007


86 Comments


Pretense******************************************************************

XDivineFireX
February 8th 2007


23 Comments


I too have not been able to listen to the whole song, but it was alright from what I remember

Shattered_Future
February 8th 2007


1541 Comments


I've listened to this a few times, and it didn't wow me. I think it's a bit better than what you rated it, but it's not perfect. The one part in the middle (the Middle Eastern sounding part) pisses me off immensely.

Seraphim
May 30th 2007


20 Comments


I listen to this song whenever I'm driving or on the train for more than an hour. I skip that time with the chick wailing though... I can't stand that. Other than that, I love it.

yas666eer
March 3rd 2008


270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

HAH... i completely agree with Seraphim...... a bit to long for my liking most of the time.

But great musicianship none the less

BurgerMcJackson
March 15th 2008


32 Comments


I think the singing breakdown part in the middle is the most interesting part of the song....and i think that this album deserves cred just for the balls it takes to make a 1 song 1 hour album

francesfarmer
October 20th 2008


1477 Comments


This album (or song or whatever you want to call it) is impressive. I listened, quickest hour of my life I wasn't bored at all. Check this out if you haven't. Whoever is singing around the 45 minute mark has a sick voice.This Message Edited On 10.20.08

Saidir
November 3rd 2008


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I absolutely love this. I'm one of those metalheads that can sit through any length of song so long as its entertaining enough. This does it.
It's not perfect by any means, and it will only appeal to the patient.
But I simply love it.

ThricePunk
January 10th 2010


21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The only part of this song that is unappealing is the that little ambient break with that woman just wailing with some godawful howls. However, when the acoustic guitar begins and then the guitar solo is one of the best parts of this track. However at 16 minutes is one of the catchiest guitar riffs ever, no matter how fucking simple it is, lol

cratos76
February 6th 2010


85 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of the best....nothing more

Disconnected
May 6th 2010


485 Comments


This album has no bad parts; it's pretty awesome.

MO
October 15th 2010


18865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I loved this album. Found out about it by chance too :P

Enzo259
January 25th 2011


1 Comments


Love this song/album. Got to agree with the general consensus though, I've got to skip that girl wailing every time. It doesn't fit in at all and gets really annoying.

Jarvig
July 29th 2011


168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good metal prog. Dream Theater, Opeth and Aryeon comes to mind.

seedofnothing
December 2nd 2011


3425 Comments


this is an interesting album

seedofnothing
December 11th 2011


3425 Comments


I love this album. Found out about it by chance too[2]

InAbsentia
December 11th 2011


3542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album.



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