Green Carnation

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This article is about the band. For the book, see The Green Carnation.
Green Carnation
Green Carnation Quart Festival 2006.jpg
Green Carnation playing live at the 2006 Quart Festival in Norway. From the left: Terje Vik Schei, Kjetil Nordhus, Kenneth Silden, Stein Roger Sordal, Michael Krumins and Tommy Jackson
Background information
Origin Kristiansand, Norway
Genres Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Art rock, Avant-garde metal,[1] Gothic rock, Gothic metal (early), Doom metal (early), Death metal (early)
Years active 1990–1991, 1999−present
Labels Sublife Records, Prophecy Productions, Season Of Mist, The End
Associated acts In The Woods...
Website www.green-carnation.com
Members Terje Vik Schei, Kjetil Nordhus, Stein Roger Sordal, Michael Krumins, Tommy Jacksonville, Kenneth Silden
Past members (See: full-listing)

Green Carnation is a band from Kristiansand, Norway formed in 1990 that has created songs from both the progressive rock and progressive metal genres. Some also describe their music as art rock. Green Carnation's trend of music has continuously become less and less heavy after every release; from straight forward death metal, to a gothic metal/doom metal/progressive metal sound, to a melancholic hard rock-sounding form of progressive rock and in 2006, went as far as to releasing an entirely acoustic album Acoustic Verses.

Biography[edit]

Formation and early years (1990-2001)[edit]

Green Carnation is the creation of former Emperor bass player Terje Vik Schei (a.k.a. Tchort), founded before Tchort joined Emperor in 1990. It eventually split, with the remaining members X-Botteri, Cm:Botteri and Anders Kobro creating avant-garde metal band In the Woods....

Green Carnation's first album, Journey to the End of the Night, wasn't recorded until 1998 and was released in October 2000 through German record company Prophecy Productions. The release was a folk inspired doom metal album. The Botteri brothers, Alf Tore Rasmussen and Geir Solli left the band after recording the debut album, and then Anders Kobro from In The Woods... joined up with Tchort and them two made the foundation and arrangements for the whole song that became Light of day, day of Darkness. (almost 2 years of working), they then did a pre-production in dub-studio with Endre Kirkesola helping out with the bassguitar, Tchort did the guitars and Anders Kobro the drums. This was enough to convince Bjørn Harstad (In The Woods... guitarist), Stein Roger Sordal (Soxpan ITW... live bassplayer), Kjetil Nordhus (vocals) and Bernt Andrè Moen (Shining) to join the band in time for the actual recording for the album Light of Day, Day of Darkness, a single track, 60-minute progressive metal epic again recorded in Dub-studio. The album was released in 2001 via Prophecy Productions in Europe, whereas the US release was handled by The End Records. The album is highly regarded, and is one of the longest single songs in metal.

Genre branching and new identity (2001-2006)[edit]

Following this release, the band released their 2003 full-length album A Blessing in Disguise through French record label Season Of Mist. The album consisted of a blend of progressive metal/rock elements, slightly gothic tinges, and hard rock elements and brought the band into another musical terrain. Bjørn Harstad left the band after the recording of A Blessing, a decision he made due to his other work commitments. Unfortunately Bernt Moen also decided to quit the band due to obligations with other artists and solo projects after the Blessing in Disguise tour of 2003.

Two years later the band followed up with the album The Quiet Offspring, introducing Kenneth Silden on keyboard and Michael Krumins on guitar. The album was released through Season Of Mist in Europe and The End Records in the US. This album brought the band into an even more hard-rock style of music and is seen by many to be their most commercial-sounding release. At this point, they made the decision to replace Anders Kobro with drummer Tommy Jackson. Jackson was a natural choice since he had been a long-time friend and partner of Stein Sordal's other projects, Soxpan, Sordal and Plutho ++). Later in 2005, the band released an EP entitled The Burden Is Mine... Alone. This EP marked the debut of bassist/guitarist Stein Roger Sordal as a lead vocalist in the band, with the song that shares the name of the EP and the song was written and performed entirely by him. This release also worked as a taste of what was to come with their following full-length album..

Early 2006 marked the release of their fifth full-length The Acoustic Verses. This album was yet another stylistic shift for the band. On the album, the band played all acoustic instruments, showing off a softer, warmer style for the band while retaining the progressive and darker feels they established since their debut.

The parting, present times, and the future (2007-Present)[edit]

According to Tchort's writings in the booklet to The Acoustic Verses, Green Carnation's next studio release is going to be the second part of the "The Chronicles of Doom" trilogy, which began with Light of Day, Day of Darkness, and is going to be titled The Rise and Fall of Mankind.

In February 2007 Green Carnation recorded their second live DVD, A Night Under the Dam, where they played the entire 'Acoustic Verses'-album as well as a few other songs. The DVD was recorded under a 30-meter-tall dam in the Norwegian mountains and was the last release to be seen by the bands current line-up.

On August 17, 2007, Terje Vik Schei announced that due to the poorly organized American tour and subsequent financial and motivational losses, the line up of Green Carnation had split up. ( [1], [2]). Tchort stated that he would

"continue writing music under the name Green Carnation, but probably will never play live again with the band."

The expected album, The Rise and Fall of Mankind, has been postponed with no current release date, but Tchort has said that the album will be released sometime in the future.[citation needed]

Reunion (2014-)[edit]

On February 20, 2014, the band members announced that they would reunite for a second version of A Night Under the Dam on July 31, 2014 [3]). In the same press release, they further announced their availability for festivals and shows.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Title
2000 Journey to the End of the Night
2001 Light of Day, Day of Darkness
2003 A Blessing in Disguise
2005 The Quiet Offspring
2005 The Burden Is Mine... Alone [EP]
2006 The Acoustic Verses
TBA The Rise and Fall of Mankind

Other Releases[edit]

Year Title Format
1991 Hallucinations of Despair Demo
2004 The Trilogy Box Set
2004 Alive and Well... In Krakow Live DVD
2007 A Night Under the Dam Live DVD

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Bjørn Harstad − Guitar 2002-2003
  • Bernt A. Moen − Piano, Keyboards 2002-2004
  • Christian "X" Botteri − Guitar 1989-1998
  • Christofer "CM" Botteri − Bass 1989-1998
  • Anders Kobro − Drums 1989-2005
  • Alf Torre Rassmussen − Drums 1997-1998
  • Geir Solli Vocals 1997-1998

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