One for the brave,
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This review is from: Light of Day, Day of Darkness (MP3 Download)
Green Carnation are a smashing band composed of an interesting variety of musicians and this song (read: album) reflects that diversity and quality pretty well. What it doesn't do though - and which Green Carnation have learned on subsequent albums - is make it easy for the listener. An hour long album can be difficult to sit through at the best of times, but an hour long song does make your bottom a bit itchy after a while.
That said, the musicianship is of the highest quality and ideas mostly transfer well between sections, using a variety of heavy and acoustic passages, as one would expect from this kind of progressive metal. The lyrics aren't a huge surprise (slightly vague conceptual stuff) and the vocals are strong and melodic, but the biggest shock is the lack of self-indulgence of display. If one considers progressive metal, one might expect long instrumental sections with a lot of solos: not so, because the longest solo section comes in after about 40 minutes and hangs around for about 3 minutes. Instead, everything is tight and necessary, apart from a couple of misplaced sections like the woman singing strange worlds with a minimal backing. We don't need that.
In summary, a very long song which works as a very long song and is a very worthwhile listen for those with patience. Also, if Amazon still sells this for 89p, it's definitely worth a try.