Green Carnation - _A Blessing in Disguise_
(Season of Mist, 2003)
by: Brian Meloon (2 out of 10)
Green Carnation's third effort is the aptly-named _A Blessing in Disguise_. Why is this album a blessing in disguise, you ask? Well, first we have my misfortune of purchasing and listening to this horribly vapid album. And from that misfortune comes the blessing that I'll be more careful in the future not to purchase another album based upon the strength of a band or label's back catalogue. Oh, who am I kidding? There's simply no silver lining to my purchase of this insipid waste of time.

I can only imagine what the band were thinking when they wrote and recorded this album. To me, it sounds like they were just sitting down to start writing a new album, but decided that putting together another epic atmospheric doom metal album like _Light of Day, Day of Darkness_ [CoC #57] was too much effort. Instead, they opted for the simpler task of writing a '70s rock album. So they took the few pieces of music that they'd already written, hastily wrote some generic filler and some lyrics, threw in some cheesy Moog synths for a real "vintage" sound, and called it good. The end result is the type of non-threatening, middle-of-the-road, radio-friendly fare that I'd more expect from the likes of the Little River Band than from former members of In the Woods. This is a decidedly half-assed offering that taints their good names with the stench of banality.

Contact: http://www.green-carnation.tk

(article published 5/27/2004)


ALBUMS
1/27/2010 Q Kalis Green Carnation - Alive and Well... in Krakow
1/30/2006 A McKay 9 Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring
1/2/2006 A McKay 8 Green Carnation - The Acoustic Verses
4/12/2002 A McKay 9.5 Green Carnation - Light of Day, Day of Darkness
3/13/2001 P Azevedo 7 Green Carnation - Journey to the End of the Night
GIGS
3/15/2006 A McKay Green Carnation / Beyond the Embrace / Deimos The Quiet, Acoustic Light of Darkness
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