is a progressive rock or "art rock" band from Kristiansand, Norway. Formed in 1990 by former Emperor
bass player Terje Vik Schei (a.k.a. Tchort), before Tchort joined Emperor. Green Carnation
didn't record their first album, Journey to the End of the Night
, a folk-inspired doom metal album, until 1999. Their music became less and less heavy as time went on, starting out as plain doom metal and death metal, and gradually becoming lighter and more like progressive rock. In 2006, they released Acoustic Verses
, an entirely acoustic album.
Their song "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" is known as one of the longest songs in metal history.
As of 2007, the band is no longer touring, due to a poorly organised tour which lost the band a substantial amount of money, and Tchort claims the band will probably never tour again. Tchort is now the only member of the band.
- Terje Vik Schei (a.k.a. Tchort) − Guitar, Lyrics
- Stein Roger Sordal − Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Lyrics
- Kjetil Nordhus − Vocals, Lyrics
- Kenneth Silden − Piano, Keyboards
- Michael Krumins − Guitar , Theremin
- Tommy Jackson − Drums
- Bjørn Harstad − Guitar
- Bernt A. Moen − Piano, Keyboards
- Christian "X" Botteri − Guitar
- Christofer "CM" Botteri − Bass
- Anders Kobro − Drums
- Alf Torre Rassmussen − Drums
Studio albums to date:
- Journey to the End of the Night - 2000
- Light of Day, Day of Darkness - 2001
- A Blessing in Disguise - 2003
- The Quiet Offspring - 2005
- The Burden Is Mine... Alone [EP] - 2005
- Acoustic Verses - 2006
They are currently working on a new album, The Rise and Fall of Mankind
, which does not have an official release date yet. They have also produced a demo album in 1991 called Hallucinations of Despair
, a box set The Trilogy
in 2004, and two live DVDs, Alive and Well... In Krakow
in 2004 and A Night Under the Dam
(live in the Norwegian mountains) in 2007.This band may exhibit the following tropes:
- Bilingual Bonus: "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" begins with a child speaking in Norwegian.
- Book Ends: Light of Day, Day of Darkness begins and ends with a child talking.
- Epic Rocking: Their song "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" is one of the best examples of this trope, clocking in at an impressive 60:06. Yes, it's a single track, and it makes up the entirety of the album from which it comes. What's even more impressive is that they sometimes perform the song in its entirety during live shows.
- I Am the Band: Tchort is the only current member of the band.
- Shout-Out: "Light of Day, Day of Darkness," a 60 minute long progressive opus, contains a reference to "the edge of sanity." Edge of Sanity had previously released their own 40 minute long prog opus, "Crimson."
- Soprano and Gravel: There are both deep, growly voices and high, female soprano voices in "Light of Day, Day of Darkness", though they don't actually duet with each other.