Green Carnation

Green Carnation
STYLE: ORIGIN: NorwayFORMED: 1990LABEL: Season Of Mist
  • Kjetil Nordhus − Vocals
  • Tchort-Guitars
  • Michael Krumins − Guitar
  • Stein Roger Sordal − Bass
  • Tommy Jacksonville − Drums
  • Kenneth Silden − Piano, Keyboards

Green Carnation is a progressive metal band from Kristiansand, Norway formed in 1990. Green Carnation’s trend of music has continuously become less and less heavy after every release; from straight forward death metal, to a progressive doom metal sound, to an atmospheric gothic metal sound, to a melancholic hard rock sound and in 2006, went as far as to releasing an entirely acoustic album Acoustic Verses.

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.

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 In Disguise, 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 (Jacksonville). Jacksonville 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. Drummer Tommy Jacksonville also debuted as song writer and lyricist on the EP. He wrote the song Transparent Me for the album. 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.

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 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 band’s 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.  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. 

In February 2014, they announced they would be performing live again, starting with another “Night Under The Dam” on July 31st. In addition, they have been announced for ProgPower XVII 2016, performing on Saturday, September 10th.


The Acoustic Verses / 2006

Green Carnation-The Acoustic Verses
  • Album Info
  • 2006
  • Sublife

1. Sweet Leaf
2. The Burden Is Mine… Alone
3. Maybe?
4. Alone
5. 9-29-045
6. Child’s Play Part 3
7. High Tide Waves

The Acoustic Verses  is the 5th full-length album by Norwegian progressive metal band Green Carnation, released in 2006 on Sublife Records. 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 Quiet Offspring / 2005

Green Carnation-The Quiet Offspring
  • Album Info
  • 2005
  • Season Of Mist

1. The Quiet Offspring
2. Between the Gentle Small & the Standing Tall
3. Just When You Think It’s Safe
4. A Place for Me
5. The Everlasting Moment
6. Purple Door, Pitch Black
7. Child’s Play – Part I
8. Dead but Dreaming
9. Pile of Doubt
10. When I Was You
11. Child’s Play – Part II

The Quiet Offspring is the fourth full-length studio album by the Norwegian progressive metal band Green Carnation. It was released on February 22, 2005. In this recording, the band breaks away from their previous offerings. Although critically acclaimed and well accepted by fans, The Quiet Offspring has a more traditional rock sound and leaves behind much of the progressiveness and atmospheric feels of the band’s previous albums, Light of Day, Day of Darkness and A Blessing in Disguise. Some listeners have criticized this transition, while others claim it would have been inconceivable to repeat the feat of the sixty-minute album.

A Blessing in Disguise / 2003

Green Carnation-A Blessing In Disguise
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Season Of Mist

1. Crushed to Dust
2. Lullaby in Winter
3. Writings on the Wall
4. Into Deep
5. The Boy in the Attic
6. Two Seconds in Life
7. Myron & Cole
8. As Life Flows By
9. Rain

A Blessing in Disguise is the third full-length studio album of the Norwegian progressive metal band, Green Carnation. The album was released two years after their previous album, Light of Day, Day of Darkness. This album was a stylistic shift for the band, creating some more “live-friendly” rock songs as opposed to its sixty-minute-long predecessor.


Light of Day, Day of Darkness / 2001

Green Carnation-Light of Day, Day of Darkness
  • Album Info
  • 2001
  • Prophecy Productions
  1. Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness

Light of Day, Day of Darkness is the second (one-track) studio album by the Norwegian progressive metal band, Green Carnation. The album was composed, written and arranged by founding member Terje Vik Schei (a.k.a. Tchort). It was released by The End Records on January 8 2002. It is composed of a single 60-minute track on CD, but is split into 2 parts digitally. The album was largely inspired by the death of Tchort’s daughter and the birth of his son. It is said that 600 different samples were used in the editing of the song.

Musically, Light of Day, Day of Darkness is pure progressive metal. In this album, the band combines many different instruments, not commonly used in metal, to create an original soundscape. The album shows some death metal twinges from their roots with Roger Rasmussen / Nattefrost drafted in to perform death growls and Anders Kobro implementing occasional blast beats as well.


Journey To The End Of The Night / 2000

Green Carnation-Journey To The End Of The Night
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Prophecy Productions

1. Falling into Darkness
2. In the Realm of the Midnight Sun
3. My Dark Reflections of Life and Death
4. Under Eternal Stars
5. Journey to the End of the Night (Part I)
6. Echoes of Despair (Part II)
7. End of Journey? (Part III)
8. Shattered (Part IV)

Journey to the End of the Night is the debut studio album by the Norwegian progressive metal band Green Carnation, released by The End Records on May 28, 2000. This is also the last composition by Green Carnation featuring Christian “X” Botteri.

The title is a reference to Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s novel Journey to the End of the Night.


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