Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring

posted by Greg, Wednesday April 20, 2005 @ 11:34:11 AM

Artist: Green Carnation (http://www.green-carnation.tk/)
Album: The Quiet Offspring
Release Date: March 22nd, 2005
Label: The End Records



Rating: 6/10

Recommended Tracks: Just When You Think It's Safe, The Everlasting Moment, Pile Of Doubt

As we like to say on the show from time to time, this review is gonna be "a bit of a change of pace" from recent fare. Green Carnation is one of several bands to feature the talents of Tchort, formerly of Emperor and ...In The Woods and now currently doing work for this band, Blood Red Throne, and Carpathian Forest. The man certainly has talent (you try writing a 60-minute song like Green Carnation's epic Light of Day, Day of Darkness sometime), and has several different outlets of exploring it, be it through obscenely blasphemous black metal (Carpathian Forest), tight melodic death/thrash (Blood Red Throne) or trippy, spaced out mellow metal, which brings us to the subject of this review. Green Carnation's new album The Quiet Offspring certainly isn't your average metal album, and definitely isn't for every metal fan, but those of you willing to let your guard down a bit and not be so defensive over what you consider "metal" may find something to like on this album.

One thing this album isn't is heavy, hence the change of pace mentioned earlier. This album is probably the least heavy of all the Green Carnation albums, much less in the entirety of the metal world. If that's the number one priority in your music, for it to resemble a sonic sledgehammer as much as possible, then you can stop reading right now and go listen to your favorite Cannibal Corpse album for the one millionth time. There is maybe one song on the album even remotely close to Wrekage-playable material (track 9, called Pile of Doubt) which sounds something like a lighter Dream Theater song with some thrashy undertones, while the rest of the albums varies from pure mood music to the occasional riff-driven piano piece. Green Carnation play a blend of atmospheric, doomy, spaced-out metal, sort of a Pink Floyd meets Opeth minus the death growls and double-bass, a Radiohead with riffs if you will. Trippy harmonies and haunting melodies dominate the aural landscape of each song, as Tchort and co. are very capable of whisking you away to another frame of mind way more chill than the one you're probably in right now.

Of course, if your frame of mind is KILL KILL KILL all the time then this album really isn't gonna do anything for you. And frankly there are a lot of songs on this album that don't do anything for me. There are definitely a couple of cuts that wouldn't sound out of place wafting over the airwaves while you're in the waiting room at a doctor's office, or on the radio dial of a soccer mom on her way to deliver lemon squares and gatorade to practice. However, there is definitely some salvageable material on this album that wouldn't be out of place on the playlist of someone who digs bands like latter-day Amorphis, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Dream Theater, and so on.

If you're a fan of metal's soft underbelly then you'll definitely want to check this album out, especially if you enjoyed other mellow metal albums such as the last two Anathema albums, the Damnation album by Opeth, and recent output from Porcupine Tree and Katatonia. I can't, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone beyond that spectrum though, since if you're one of those people who thinks that music like this is for, and I quote, "fag gay bitch pussy faggots who listen to that queer goth shit and don't like TRVE KVLT FVCKING METALL RRRAAGGHH!!!" then this review isn't gonna sway you anyways. However you're never gonna know whether you have a place in your eardrums reserved for music like this that doesn't hide behind blast-o-matic drums that sound like a woodpecker hitting a typewriter and endless speedy whirlwind riffs, and isn't afraid to show you music with heart, soul, and emotion on display. Green Carnation has that in spades, and if you're not afraid of what your friends are gonna think for you listening to something different for a change then by all means check out a couple of songs and see what you think.

...okay, I feel kinda dirty after having written all this sap, time to go blast some Cryptopsy!

- Greg

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