CD review GREEN CARNATION ‘Leaves of Yesteryear’

After Katatonia returned from their creative break with ‘City Burials’ it’s Norway’s prog metallers from Green Carnation who are also releasing a new album after having been away for quite a while.

Fans of the band had to wait 14 long years for a new album and here it is. Well, ‘Leaves of Yesteryear’ is not really new in its entirety. It includes ‘My Dark Reflections of Life ad Death’, a re-recording of the song of the same title, first released on the debut album many years ago. There is also a cover song on the album called ‘Solitude’. Green Carnation cover Black Sabbath with devotion and depth which leads to a version that is true to the original and lives by the intense vocals of Kjetil Nordhus.

But there is also new material penned by the six Norwegians. The title song, an eight minute epic, opens the album. What becomes immediately clear is the musical finesse and subtleties which give the song an emotional depth. Furthermore epic moments and rocking passages alternate, leading to the necessary variety. Together with a very successful melody line the song marks a successful start into this album.

‘Sentinels’ is the next song and shows the harder side of Green Carnation. The powerful track is a highlight on the album and the chorus is irresistible. Last but not least ‘Hounds’, another new song. With a running time of 10 minutes we are facing a song that features everything progressive rock music has in its toolkit.

‘Leaves From Yesteryear’ is the successful comeback of the Norwegian sound architects. The album, actually more of an EP ina wider sense, combines band history and present in an entertaining and impressive way. Welcome back.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Leaves of Yesteryear
  2. Sentinels
  3. My Dark Reflections of Life and Death (re-recorded)
  4. Hounds
  5. Solitude (Black Sabbath cover)

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: May 8th, 2020

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