I had read a lot about it, but never had heard it: GREEN CARNATION's "Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness" album. One song, 60 minutes... Until one day Vinnie visited us and had this CD with him. It was a day that left its mark on me as Metalhead. Seriously.
As I had known that Terje Vik Schei (better known as Tchort) also has been/is part of IN THE WOODS..., BLOOD RED THRONE and CARPATHIAN FOREST, I had honestly expected something heavier and more brutal with GREEN CARNATION, surely progressive, looking at the length of the song, but nothing and nobody had prepared my for what would completely enchant me for one hour. That a one hour song has to be damn well thought through, is clear and "Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness" is all of that and then some.
GREEN CARNATION is sung almost entirely clean, with Kjetil Nordhus as main singer and a whole armada of guest vocalists, even two guest choirs, which brings in a whole lot of variety and moods and lends the song a myriad of different sound colours, incredibly rich in expression and going into the ear right away, damn good!
And that by far is not all, because what Tchort processes musically is just sheer genius. Despite the playing time the material never gets brutal, never progressive, never complex or repetitive. Instead the song winds around the main theme, which remains present at almost all times, staying absolute accessible throughout the song, in intensity and heaviness, in tempo and mood continuously shifting, from double bass driven passages to acoustic guitar, fat riffs to Hammond organ, Doom Metal to almost THERION-like choir passages, but always remains so accessible that the time passes by in the blink of an eye.
In the middle then all of a sudden silence and a female vocal solo above middle eastern sounds with a saxophone, which then drifts off into the abstract for a bit, but thankfully the song then takes up the theme of before again, carrying the tune in ever new shades through the speakers, reviving the song countless times and still utilizing the known melody. More than once, in the atmospheric passages, PINK FLOYD come to my mind, but the music of "Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness" is so much more than just that…
This album is so rich and layered, yet so catchy that you can only sit there and stare at your stereo in wonder. For some this CD might seem to be overwhelming, for others too much, but there is only one word that you can describe "Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness" with: Genius. EDGE OF SANITY's "Crimson" back then had been an absolutely extraordinary album and GREEN CARNATION in no way stands behind it. This CD is a piece of art, there is no other description for it. And it says everything to read what Tchort has written in the booklet: "This is my musical legacy"... (Online September 24, 2003)