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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Plastic Head Music
  • ASIN: B00009L52N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crushed To Dust
2. Lullaby In Winter
3. Writings On the Wall
4. Into Deep
5. The Boy In The Artic
6. Two Seconds In Life
7. Myron & Cole
8. As Life Flows By
9. Rain

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Wilcox on 16 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
After 2001's astounding masterpiece, "Light of Day, Day of Darkness", many fans of Green Carnation, myself included, thought it would be impossible to better. In fact, I had no idea how it would be possible to follow such an immense album. Needless to say, I was very interested in how they would go about doing it.
Green Carnation is the band of Tchort, a rather famous contributor to the Black Metal scene, his career meaning he has been involved with Carpathian Forest and Emperor amongst others. Other members of the band have previously worked with In the Woods however, and that is the style in which Green Carnation's roots lie. But unlike their previous effort (that was only one 60 minute track), the band have moved away from long, flowing epics, and entered the territory of beautifully crafted songs.
So, how exactly does this mean they've changed? Well, the track length is down a bit. Only one breaks the eight-minute barrier, whilst the shortest is under five. This is not the sort of thing usually classed as metal, either. Sure, there's a riff here or there which sounds pretty doomy, and it can get rather heavy in places, but the on the whole, this is melodic rock music. Also, it uses exclusively clean vocals. And when you hear how much Kjetil Nordhus's singing voice has improved since their last release, this is a very good thing indeed. His voice is now brimming with power, but it is used in such a way that it can become delicate, whilst all the time packed with emotion.
The album opens with "Crushed To Dust", probably the heaviest track on offer, with a driving riff and an incredibly strong chorus.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Review of Green Carnation 30 Jun 2003
By Shaheen Sadiq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to confess. I was going into this latest album by Green Carnation with huge expectations. After all, the symphonic melancholic choral masterpiece that was Light of Day, Day of Darkness couldn�t be topped. And almost knowing it, the band decided to take a markedly different direction with A Blessing in Disguise. From symphonic melancholic doom with harsh vocal touches in the margins to dark progressive melodic rock in a span of one album � meet Green Carnation in 2003.
What precipitated the changes? The line-up of this Norwegian band remained the same (making a session keyboard musician a full-time band member doesn�t count). Could it be the label switch (why, oh why, you left my beloved "The End"??!!)? Could it be the desire to produce something more readily accessible than a 60min long track that made up Light of Day, Day of Darkness? In the end, though, I think it is the same reason that drove Green Carnation�s another incarnation (no pun intended) � In The Woods � to release no two albums that were alike. True artists, like Tchort, just can�t stand still, they need to evolve, transform and revolutionize. Well, the last word may be overkill, but with A Blessing in Disguise Green Carnation put out another extremely solid album.
As I mentioned before, Green Carnation delved into dark progressive melodic rock on this CD. The band site states it, and I couldn�t agree more. Maybe a little more commercial than Katatonia�s Viva Emptiness, A Blessing in Disguise has songs that combine sufficiently heavy guitar chords, quiet melodies, keyboard sprinkles on the perimeter and unbelievably catchy choruses that you will be humming for days (Crushed to Dust, Myron and Cole, As Life Flows By). Some of these songs are so radio friendly (As Life Flows By), it feels like they were made to be played over airwaves and uplift moods despite the not-too-jovial lyrics. There are enough melody variations ranging from mid-Eastern market melodies (Myron and Cole) to moody blues (Into Deep) for this album not to crush into a predictable rut. Besides, Green Carnation drops several dark, but cleansing experiences in between. Lullaby in Winter is a two-part song with the first part having clean guitar and floating tender and serene vocals by Kjetil Nordhus. As the outstanding drumming by Anders Kobro begins to ratchet up the pressure, something that started out as a dark Pink Floyd goes through jazzy Deep Purple into a soft polyphonic with string section clearly heard. Such mood changes are also prevalent on Two Seconds in Life where velvety voice over empty melody can change to a full instrumentation combined with strings in a matter of seconds. Guitar, bass and high-hat intro to Into Deep switches to heavy riffs with audible bass and strings hovering above. While not being overly symphonic A Blessing in Disguise has enough of symphonic elements and string instruments (cello on Two Seconds in Life and harp on Rain) to really make the whole effort multi-dimensional. Throw in the crispiest production, excellent musicianship, and, indeed, you have an excellent album by the mature band.
What will sound as a commercial effort from the beginning, upon repeated listens will become more and more personal and emotional. For the second time in a row, Green Carnation managed to completely capture my imagination. Invest without second thought If you see it somewhere.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Light of Day, Who of What? This album owns. 17 Sep 2005
By Dan Solera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Those expecting a sequel to 2001's monumental "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" were surprised to say the least. Tchort and company took their uncanny songwriting abilities in a somewhat different direction, crafting an album with separate songs (a definite change from "LoD,DoD"s 60-minute track) and only incorporating movements or echoes from their previous effort.

Having said that, "A Blessing in Disguise" is equal parts hard-rocking and beautiful. The opening song, "Crushed to Dust" says everything in the title. Both catchy and aggressive, the song starts the album off on a very positive note, giving the listener a hefty taste of guitar-crunch and twangy keyboards. From the very start it is apparent that Tchort has left his northern, forest home and embraced the life of a modern-day headbanger. There is even a part of the song (beginning at 3:07) that sounds shockingly like something you'd find in Metallica's "ReLoad" (but no worries - it lasts for only about 15 seconds).

So, let's breathe for a moment now. "Lullaby in Winter" - again, a song whose title perfectly describes its sound. It begins with clean guitars and a march-like snare drum, leading into Kjetil Nordhus' delicate and vulnerable voice. "Writings on the Wall" showcases Green Carnation's razor-sharp guitar-work, and "Into Deep" closely resembles "LoD,DoD"s epic sound, combining strings with particularly hurtful vocal passages.

The beauty of the album is that no two songs are alike. Unlike "LoD,DoD"s segues that would often get mistaken for repeated riffs, "A Blessing in Disguise" is composed of absolutely unique songs that stand alone perfectly. In fact, if I were to give each song a rating, only two songs would fall short of `excellent', namely the excessively melancholic "Two Seconds in Life", and the somewhat lackluster closing track, "Rain". Besides these less-than-stellar pieces, the album is a true accomplishment for a daring and courageous band. Progression, indeed.

See also: Green Carnation - "The Quiet Offspring", "Light of Day, Day of Darkness", Amorphis - "Tuonela", "Am Universum"
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A BLESSING IN DISGUISE, a respectable followup! 31 July 2003
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How does one follow up a veritable masterpiece?
I was dubious whether Tchort and Green Carnation would ever be able to even match, let alone top Light of Day, Day of Darkness, the most universally acknowleged epic dark symphonic progressive album of the year, maybe the decade.
Is it possible to improve on near perfection? Is it feasible to even match what had to be one of the most brilliant compositions and arrangements since the classical masters of the 1900s? Could Green Carnation replicate, or even come close to the energy and raw emotion of this truly unique creation?
We may never know the answer to those questions, for Thcort and his band of merry men didn't even try. They recognized the impossibly, daunting task before them and opted to go in a different direction. Smart move and I applaud them for it. A blessing in Disguise is pretty much straight Melodic, Progressive Metal/rock and, if you don't let your high expectations get in the way, it really is quite good. There is just a hint of L.O.D.,D.O.D. in the new album but gone are the choirs and the symphonic elements and A Blessing in Disguise regresses back to the normal routine, with nine separate tracks.
"The music on "A Blessing in Disguise" includes new musical elements for the band, and can best be described as heavy, progressive and strong melodic rock. This year should hold the most productive and creative chapter in the band legacy."
Line Up :
Tchort - guitar, lyrics and composer
Stein Roger Sordal - bass, guitars, harp
Bjørn Harstad - lead guitar, effects
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Anders Kobro - drums
Bernt A Moen - keyboards, piano
Christiansand Chamber Ensemble
Intro on `The boy in the attic' : X Botteri (hail to him)
The Music
Light of Day was completely written by Tchort, however, this time there were 3 different composers involved, providing some variation. Tchort wrote 6 songs, Stein Rodger Sodal, 2 and Kjetil Nordhus, 1. The music can be described as melancholic rock with heavy elements and prog influences.
"Crushed To Dust" is a surprise for Green Carnation with a fairly fast tempo and a dominant crunchy guitar sound remeniscent of Megadeth.
"Lullaby In Winter" Starts as a melancholy ballad - "When tomorrow comes / All your worries fly / Hear the lullaby / All will be soft and warm / You will be safe and strong / Hear the lullaby" - but it digs a lot deeper because, after a few minutes, it's showing the typical Green Carnation sounds, which feature conjuring guitar riffs and a humming warm Hammond organ. The second half of this song is the closest I felt to Light of Day.
"Writing on the Wall" The fatalistic nature continues here - "Kill me, Down by the shore / I can feel it, She's not here anymore / Hear my call, It's borne by the breeze / Tell me, to where do I go.
"Into Deep" progressively moves up along a perfected bass line and transforms into some excellent guitar work.
"The Boy In The Attic", The piano lets us hear a sweet sadness containing just the aspect of despair for which music can be so healing. Vague elements of the powerful epic Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness can be found in this piece.
"Two Seconds In Life" gives us a fragile, dark voice which like a searching tendril of a vine, searching for light, the proverbial fight of an individual between good and evil, the need to evolve in darkness into the light. Written by singer Kjetil.
"Myron & Cole" similar in tempo and sound to the first track, through which at times of the unfolding of the grunge becomes noticeable again.
"As Life Flows By" has a rocking take off and a very catchy melody in a medium paced rocking love song.
"Rain". A string band opens a rich scale of sadness with whiney roots, ala Alice in Chains it's pure beauty with lots of skill translated in words and music. Halfway through, some elements of the previous CD come floating to the surface, which gives an exciting turn to the song.
"Lullaby in Winter" cont.
"I know you're sad because it's winter
But I can promise you a spring
I know you're cold, I see you shiver
But I can promise you a spring"
"Tomorrow's new
Tomorrow's warm
Remember, when you're all alone"
"I know you're hurt, I feel it in my heart
But I can promise you a spring
I see you're down, I see it in your eyes
But I can promise you a spring"
The band managed to pen ever more classic lines, continuing to solidify their place among the great lyricists in the todays metal scene. I say the band because, as I mentioned, unlike their previous album, which was written entirely by Tchort, both Kjetil Nordus(vocals) and Stein Roger Sordal(bass) contributed to this album as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic follow up to LODDOD 25 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After Light of Day, Day of Darkness, Green Carnation ups the ante, making a CD where one can access all that made LODDOD fantastic. Crushed to Dust harkens back to the heavy riffs of the past CD, but at the same type creating a different sound. Lullaby is a ballad, but I cannot find another ballad that even comes close to the structure of this fantastic highlight. The next two songs are classic Green Carnation, one with a crazy opening riff, while the other with a more subtle, more brood beginning. The Boy in the Attic has some amazing vocal melodies and layering, showing off the various different parts of the band. Great variation. Two Seconds in the Life has a memorable slow start that builds to an emotional guitar solo, much like the second half of LODDOD. Myron and Cole is a unique rocker with a different Mid-Eastern vibe. Multiple memorable melodies. As Life Flows By has the best lyrics on the album, avoiding much of the early more somber tone, and the intro is a hook laden guitar opening with some nice keyboardwork. Its still a sad song, yet easier to relate to, as the emotion feels more genuine here. Overall one of my favorites. Rain is different compared to almost every metal song I have ever heard. Haven't closely listened to the song yet, but it definitely takes the cake as their most progressive short song.
My only minor complaints are the drastic change in cover design, and some of the more depressed lyrics in the thrird and fourth track, which are hard for me to relate to. The inside of the booklet still has the amazing landscapes though, so it maintains a tradition set by the band.
Clean Vocals by the way, fantastic performance, for all who like edgy, somber metal.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Blessing indeed.... 3 Mar 2006
By Sunshine the Werewolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
GREEN CARNATION - A Blessing in Disguise


The general consensus with Green Carnation is that every album is different from its predecessor yet still as appealing as the last. Tchort had come off his masterpiece `Light of Day, Day of Darkness' a 60:00 minute, one track album and then released this amazing Prog Rock album with 9 well crafted tracks many of which have generous helpings of Metal. (Songs like, Crushed to Dust have such a nice heavy edged guitar and pounding rhythms.)

Being relatively new to Green Carnation I would best describe them as being similar to Amorphis, for they also started as a Metal band and changed direction to a more commercial progressive rock sound. Like Amorphis though this was the farthest thing from selling out, it was just simply a change of direction if anything the music only improved over the years... Personally I'd much rather see a band go prog then pull a `metallica'.

The musicianship is outstanding Vocals, Bass, Guitars and Drumming are all done very well... I especially enjoy much of the guitar work and harmonizing between Tchort and Harstad. It sounds great when 2 guitarist utilize different parts but play them in complete cohesion. Also I should point out Kjetil Nordus vocal work is also extra impressive... Truthfully, based on his vocals alone, I'm surprised these guys haven't been more exploited by the mainstream.

As far as the music / song writing goes it really does vary song to song... All the tracks have a great drive and there is not a bad song on the album.

Favorite Songs: As Life Flows By, Lullaby in the Winter, and Two Seconds to Life,

-4.5 Stars


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