on 10 September 2014
Green Carnation have changed a LOT since their first album in 2000, so it needs to be stated firstly that this is NOT the same band who released 'Journey to the End of the Night'. Tchort is the only member who remained constant through those 5 years and the sound has evolved from a very heavy gothic metal to more progressive metal/rock, similar to that of 2003's 'A Blessing in Disguise' but a bit lighter on the guitars and a little more compact (by this point, they could have considered releasing singles).
The songs are mostly well-written but some are frustrating for a metal fan such as myself. For every wistful, riff-based, tune like 'The Everlasting Moment', there is a maudlin, piano-led, song like 'A Place for Me' or 'Child's Play', which disrupts the flow of the album and gets boring in its minimalism. I mean, did 'Child's Play' seriously need two parts? They sound almost identical. 'When I Was You' takes a very long time to reward the listener's patience as well.
On the other hand, the title track manages to be catchy, subtle, and heavy in 4 minutes, 'Purple Door, Pitch Black' has a terrific set of hard rock riffs and great instrumental break, and 'Pile of Doubt' goes off on its own heartfelt journey and drag you along with it. The best of the lot is probably 'Just When You Think You're Safe', which rattles off on a speeding surge of guitars and keyboards and climaxes on the sort of ascending chorus that will stay with you for days.
So, a good album, but one that doesn't know exactly what sort of listener it is targeting. Unless you have eclectic tastes, approach cautiously.
on 18 February 2005
well this album is a fine example of speed metal working with clean vocals nd rich melodies,previous albums have all had a hint of swedish metal influence,this one isnt that different either but they now seem to have developed their own sound and vision of where they want to be in the grand scale of pure metal.if you are a fan of opeth,in flames and at the gates then give this a go,go on