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Green Carnation : Journey to the End of the Night

Imagine a doomier and even more experimental In the Woods... and what you get is Green Carnation. Well, it's a bit different under the surface, but that statement comes pretty close to describing this outfit in short. When Green Carnation was formed around 1990, pausing for almost a decade while its members were involved in bands like the already mentioned In the Woods... and the black metal outfit Emperor. It's interesting that Tchort, Emperor's bassist, plays the guitar and not the bass on this album. Not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine he could produce music so different from what he normally does. Furthermore, 'Journey to the End of the Night' is not just a half-assed experimental attempt at something new, it's an album that simply surpassed all expectations.

The album, includes members from Einherjer and Tristania besides Tchort, X and Christopher Botteri of the unfortunately disbanded In the Woods....

'Journey...' is an album containing complex and dreamy music, with some very long songs, the longest clocking at over eighteen minutes. It's almost as In the Woods...' 'Omnio' and 'Strange in Stereo' were blended together with a few other fresh ideas. As it was with those two albums, 'Journey...' has some exquisite vocals, both male and female. Note that five different vocalists appear on the album. The lyrics, written by Tchort, deal with a very delicate matter, the loss of his daughter. A violin is used in three of eight tracks, adding to the melancholy and sorrow.

The biggest downside to this enjoyable album must be the somewhat similar song structures and the overall similarity of the songs themselves. This has obviously been done on purpose, though, to create the bleak atmosphere. I must mention the excellent 'Under Eternal Stars' as my favorite track, with beautiful female vocal display.

To sum things up, this release just whets my appetite for what is hopefully yet to come from Green Carnation.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Falling into darkness
2. In the realm of the midnight sun
3. My dark reflections of life and death
4. Under eternal stars
5. Journey to the end of night (Part I)
6. Echoes of despair (Part II)
7. End of journey? (Part III)
8. Shattered (Part IV)

Duration : Approx. 70 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Bojan Janjanin
Aesthetic Death
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