Band Photo: Green Carnation (?)
From: Kristiansand, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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Blastfest 2016 will be celebrating its national metal scene and will boast a lineup that will be 100% Norwegian.
Just hours after the final note rang out across the venue at Blastfest 2015, the organizers were brainstorming ideas for the third edition of the festival and here we are, a brand new concept: a one time only celebration of the Norwegian metal scene.
The 2016 editions will feature the triumphant return of the long-defunct Ancient, as well as other Norwegian luminaries such as Ihsahn and Tristania. The currently announced lineup (with more coming) is as follows:
In The Woods
Metal Mind Productions has issued the following announcement about releasing a remastered live CD by Green Carnation:
"Metal Mind Productions presents a remastered recording of the band’s great show in Kraków in January 2004. The tracklist of 'Alive And Well… In Kraków' features a great variety of songs, including the first part of the album 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness' and the highlights of the 'A Blessing in Disguise'! Digipak edition is limited to 1000 copies. Release date is scheduled for 19th October in Europe and 26st January 2010 in USA (via MVD)."
Metal Mind Productions presents a re-release of Green Carnation’s first ever DVD “Alive And Well… In Kraków” featuring the band’s show in Kraków in January 2004. The tracklist includes a great variety of songs, including the first part of "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" and the highlights of the "A Blessing in Disguise" album! Bonus video material features additional studio footage with Anders Kobro (where fans can watch him record drums for "Into Deep") plus 3 bootleg video tracks. Bonus audio includes 4 acoustic tracks, 2 cover tracks (A-HA, Chris Isaac) plus a demo track. DVD also includes: band bio, individual members' bio, discographies, a 35-minute interview with the band, studio diary from the "A Blessing in Disguise" recording session, photo and art galleries and more! New DVD+CD edition includes an additional CD with audio tracks recorded at the show. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Limited to 2000 copies. Metal Mind Productions will rerelease “Alive And Well… In Kraków” on 6th April in Europe and 16th June in USA (via MVD).
Here is the complete tracklisting for Green Carnation's limited edition of “Alive And Well… In Kraków”: More...
GREEN CARNATION mainman Tchort has announced that the current line up of the band has split up:
“Although releasing the amazing concert DVD ‘A Night Under The Dam‘ earlier this year, the band felt drained of energy after the miserable organized USA tour put together by The End Records and their booking agent. The End Records being one of the main supporters of the band the last years, bringing hope back to GREEN CARNATION’s view on the music business, left the band with broken promises, huge debts, theft of license money and a poor organized tour draining the band for energy. The band doesn’t blame The End Records for all of its problems, but they made a bad situation worse by first giving the tour a green light when the conditions for the tour were doomed from the beginning and then later withdraw license money, merchandise money, merchandise and not paying the band or its sound engineer, leaving the band in debts. All of which could have been avoided by cancelling the tour before it started. The End Records lost money on the tour as well, so why it wasn’t cancelled when the contracts for the tour were offered to the label, is a unanswered question. More...
Norwegian prog metal masters GREEN CARNATION have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Warming up on Wednesday at Kick, with an all-acoustic set, GREEN CARNATION for the first time introduced their new found cooperation with Anne Marie Amedal — as a surprise to the 100-150 people that were chilling out in the heat. She contributed both on 'Transparent Me' — as on the 'Burden' EP, and she also did harmonies for the last song on the track, Stein Roger Sordal's beautiful 'The Burden is Mine...Alone'.
The set list from the acoustic showcase:
02. Sweet Leaf
03. My Greater Cause
04. Transparent Me
05. The Burden is Mine...Alone
"The following day, GREEN CARNATION played in front of more than 2000 people in their own home town, Kristiansand, here representented with Michael. The show was the first GREEN CARNATION show in their hometown for more than one year, and the feedback from both the press and the crowd was extremely good."
Commented bassist Stein Roger Sordal: "There has been so much more attention around the band this time. Mind you — we did play the Quart Festival also in 2003, after the release of the 'Blessing' album, but this was a whole new experience for us."
Check out pictures at GreenCarnation.no.
Norway's prog masters GREEN CARNATION are bringing their "Acoustic Verses" to the U.K.
After a successful debut concert in London last year, GREEN CARNATION will be returning to The Underworld on Thursday, August 24, 2006 as a part of a mini-tour. The gig in London will be an exclusive one for England. The already confirmed show in Dublin, Ireland has been changed to Saturday, August 26, 2006. The rest of the mini-tour will be announced shortly as there are two more dates to be confirmed.
Says singer Kjetil Nordhus, "We had a great time in London last year and got a lot of amazing feedback after the gig. So it's a pleasure to come back. Also, the show in Dublin will become something special. There are still some details remaining before we can make that official, but it's going to be a great mini-tour for the band anyway."
This will be the second year running that the band visit England and the third year visiting Ireland. Many people have underlined the Celtic influence on the band's "Acoustic Verses". And the singer doesn't rule out that GREEN CARNATION's recent touring history has something to do with their trips to Ireland.
"That might well be," he said. "We get influenced by a lot of different stuff, all the time. And with Ireland's proud music culture, it's hard not to be inspired. So we're definitely looking forward to return, both to England and to Ireland."
Green Carnation have announced that they will be play in France for the first time ever with an appearance at the 9th annual prog/rock/metal festival, Raismes Festival, on September 9th. Green Carnation's drummer, Tommy Jackson had the following to say about the festival: "We have been waiting a long time to play in France, and we’re delighted to be invited to the festival. It will be a great start to what promises to be a good tour for the band."
Other bands featured are Freak Kitchen, Adagio, Andromeda, Watcha, and others. Raismes Fest will take place at Le Château de la Princesse d'Arenberg park on September 9 and 10. Following the show in France, the band will take part in the European Harvest Festival tour. Also appearing on the bill are headliners Tristania, Morgana Lefay, Machine Men, Deranged and one more as-yet-unannounced band. Dates are as follows:
September 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
September 11 - Essen, GER @ TBA
September 12 - Berlin, GER @ TBA
September13 - Hamburg, GER @ TBA
September 14 - Erfurt, GER @ TBA
September 15 - Leipzig, GER @ TBA
September 16 - Prague, CZR @ TBA
September 17 - Wien, AUT @ TBA
September 18 - Munich, GER @ TBA
September 19 - Pratteln, SWI @ TBA
September 20 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ TBA
September 21 - Frankfurt, GER @ TBA
September 22 - Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA
September 23 - Antwerpen, BEL @ TBA
September 24 - Hardenberg, NETH @ TBA
This will be Green Carnation's first European tour since 2003.
Green Carnation has a track entitled, "Pile of Doubt," from 2005's "The Quiet Offspring" which is featured on the recently released popular baseball game franchise, Major League Baseball 2K6.
Norwegian prog masters GREEN CARNATION have cancelled their April 1st live appearance at The Marquee in Toronto, ON. The final date on the band's tour will be tomorrow night's show at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. A statement from the band is as follows:
“We are very sorry both for the fans in and around Toronto, for ourselves and for Noel and Inertia Entertainment. This is a situation we hadn't planned, but because of several different reasons it's impossible for us to do it. Green Carnation hope to come back and play in Toronto next time. That's where our North American adventure started, and that means a lot to us all.”
Norwegian prog masters Green Carnation are headed back to North America for a full tour starting February 24 th, 2006.
The band, who was last in North America as headliner of the Day Of The Equinox festival held in October, will be touring in support of their upcoming album ‘Acoustic Verses' out on January 24th , 2006 (via The End Records in North America).
Confirmed tour dates (with Beyond the Embrace):
Feb. 24 Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joes
Feb. 25 Albany, NY - Valentines
Feb. 26 Chicaopee, MA - Cabot St.
Feb. 27 New York, NY - Knitting Factory
Feb. 28 Akron, OH - Voodoo Nightclub
Mar. 01 Clinton Township, MI - TNT's
Mar. 02 Cudahy, WI - Vnuks
Mar. 03 Kansas City, MO - El Torreon
Mar. 04 Des Moines, IA - Hairy Mary's
Mar. 06 Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas
Mar. 07 Boise, ID - The Core
Mar. 08 Spokane, WA - The Boulevard
Mar. 09 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Mar. 10 Portland, OR - Rock And Roll Pizza
Mar. 12 Sacramento, CA - The Roadhouse
Mar. 13 Los Angeles, CA - Zen Sushi
Mar. 15 El Paso, TX - House Of Rock And Roll
Mar. 16 San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
Mar. 23 Fayetteville, NC - Jesters
Mar. 24 Augusta, GA - Sector 7G
Mar. 25 Myrtle Beach, SC - The Social
Mar. 26 Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
Mar. 28 Baltimore, MD - The Sidebar
Apr. 01 Toronto, ON - The Marquee
Despite the festival organizers' announcement to the contrary, Norwegian black metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST will not perform at Poland's Metalmania 2006 festival. "The band never got any requests to play this festival, and I am scheduled to tour in the U.S. with GREEN CARNATION, starting 22nd of February and ending in early April. The touring activities with CARPATHIAN FOREST will start in the middle of April and last the rest of 2006", guitarist Tchort says.
The rest of the band's tour schedule and availability looks as follows: European campaign (April 14 - May 22), Australian campaign (end of May/early June), summer festival campaign (June-August), USA/South American/Mexican campaign (September), second European campaign, second (December).
As previously reported, Season of Mist has set a January 17, 2006 U.S. release date (one day earlier internationally) for CARPATHIAN FOREST's new album.
Canada’s UNRESTRAINED! Magazine has named Opeth’s "Ghost Reveries" as the #1 Album of 2005 in their year-end issue that will be on stands December15th, 2005.
The full Top 20 of 2005 (as chosen by the staff) is as follows:
UNRESTRAINED! TOP 20 OF 2005
1. Opeth - Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
2. Nevermore – This Godless Endeavour (Century Media)
3. Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (Metal Blade)
4. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus (DRT)
5. Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (Southern Lord/Total Holocaust)
6. Deathspell Omega – Kenose (N.E.D./Ajna Offensive)
7. Corrosion Of Conformity - In The Arms Of God (Sanctuary)
8. Hypocrisy – Virus (Nuclear Blast)
9. Strapping Young Lad – Alien (Century Media)
10. Between The Buried And Me – Alaska (Victory)
11. Dark Tranquillity - Character (Century Media)
12. Ulver – The Blood Inside (The End)
13. Napalm Death - The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code (Century Media)
14. Rammstein - Rosenrot (Universal)
15. Torche – Torche (Robotic Empire)
16. Green Carnation – The Quiet Offspring (The End Records)
17. Leaves’ Eyes – Vinland Saga (Napalm)
18. Jesu - Jesu (Hydra Head)
19. Slough Feg – Atavism (Cruz Del Sur)
20. Red Knife Lottery – So Much Drama (Uprising)
For more information, visit www.unrestrainedmag.com.
The line-up for Green Carnation's gig in Italy is now complete. Italian act Lifend will be replacing Thunderstorm, joining GC and Bleak Origin.
The Sunday gig on December 18th in Cordevilla, will be Green Carnation's very first in Italy. The gig in Italy will follow the one in Burgdorf, Switzerland on Saturday December 17th, another country Green Carnation never has played before.
Line-up for Burgdorfer Rocknight, Markthalle Burgdorf on December 16th:
Bleak Origin (CH)
Divine Temptation (A)
Line-up for Cordevilla, Italy on December 17th:
Bleak Origin (CH)
GREEN CARNATION's "The Acoustic Verses" will be one of the first albums to issued in North American via a brand new collaboration between The End Records and RED Distribution. A full-length MP3 of the track"Alone", taken from "The Acoustic Verses", has been made available for download at this location (3.4 MB). The CD is scheduled for release in North America on January 24, 2006.
In other news, GREEN CARNATION have confirmed two more gigs before the end of hte year, both in countries in which the band has never played before.
GREEN CARNATION will visit Switzerland and Italy for the first time ever, on December 17 and December 18. Says keyboardist Kenneth Silden, "It's important for us to present ourselves in as many countries as possible, and when the opportunity came for this mini-tour in December, we had to accept. I think both Switzerland and Italy is potential good countries for the band."
GREEN CARNATION will headline the Burgdorfer Rocknight (in Markthalle Burgdorf in Switzerland) on Saturday, December 17. Other bands scheduled to appear on the bill are BLEAK ORIGIN (Switzerland), DIVINE TEMPTATION (Austria) and RICHTASTE (Switzerland). The following day, GREEN CARNATION and BLEAK ORIGIN will join Italian band THUNDERSTORM for a gig at the Thunder Road Club in Codevilla outside Milano, organized through Nihil Productions.
Green Carnation have confirmed playing two more gigs before the New Year, both in countries in which the band has never played before.
GC will visit Switzerland and Italy for the first time ever, on December 17th and 18th, and keyboardist Kenneth Silden can say that the band is very happy with adding two new countries to their gig-list.
"It's important for us to present ourselves in as many countries as possible, and when the opportunity came for this mini-tour in December, we had to accept. I think both Switzerland and Italy is potential good countries for the band," the band writes on their website.
Green Carnation will headline the Burgdorfer Rocknight (in Markthalle Burgdorf) on Saturday December 17th. Other bands on the line-up are: Bleak Origin (CH), Divine Temptation (A) and Richtaste (CH).
The following day, GC will bring Bleak Origin, and join Italian band Thunderstorm for a gig at the Thunder Road Club (www.thunderroad.it) in Codevilla outside Milano, organized through Nihil Productions (www.nihilprod.it).
TRAIL OF TEARS, CARPATHIAN FOREST, BLOOD RED THRONE and GREEN CARNATION are among the artists featured on a free CD sampler that is currently being offered by Sublife Productions. You can download a free CD image, and print out the cover and tray spread at sublifeproductions.com.
Sublife Productions is the newly formed production company started by Kjetil Nordhus (GREEN CARNATION, TRAIL OF TEARS) and Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei; CARPATHIAN FOREST, EMPEROR, GREEN CARNATION, BLOOD RED THRONE). The company will serve as the record label for GREEN CARNATION, HARM, HATEPULSE (featuring Vrangsinn and Kulde from CARPATHIAN FOREST), ZYMBIOTIK and other acts that have yet to be announced. Sublife will also work as a booking agency/management company for the aforementioned acts as well as for CARPATHIAN FOREST, BLOOD RED THRONE, and TRAIL OF TEARS, among others. The first full-length release from Sublife Productions will be GREEN CARNATION's "The Acoustic Verses", which will be imade available worldwide in January 2006. Plans also exist for Sublife Productions to eventually offer beautiful landscape photos and designs based on Norwegian nature for album covers, booklets, etc.
Norway's prog metal masters Green Carnation return to the music scene in 2006 on a much softer note when "The Acoustic Verses" is released January 24 th , 2006 in North America via The End Records.
"The Acoustic Verses" finds the sextet successfully maneuvering through acoustic realms, peppered with passionate guitar riffs and eloquent melodies. It's a distant step from their prog metal/hard rock ways of previous material, but in many ways, it's what you'd expect from a band like Green Carnation. Never one to stand still.
Green Carnation have changed things up again and this might send some previous listeners askew, but for the real die-hard fans of the band, they'll come to understand that with the amount of work that went into the production, lyrics and music of "The Acoustic Verses" that the music here is just as potent and expressive as any of the heavier material they have released.
The first sound-clip from Green Carnation next album, "Acoustic Verses", is now available online. The short clip is the very first available for the public, after the band has been working hard in the studio this summer. The material is so fresh, it's not been mixed or mastered. "But you could see it as a teaser for those interested in the band", singer Kjetil Nordhus says.
"Acoustic Verses" is to be released late this year on new label, SubLife Productions.
The clip, together with clips of other future SubLife releases can be found at www.sublifeproductions.com.
In other Green Carnation news, photos from the band's appearance at The Day of the Equinox in Toronto has been posted online. Pictures include those from the gigs, soundcheck, backstage and more.
Check out the gallery at www.dayoftheequinox.com/galleries.html.
After a two-month adventure in Australia, bassist Stein Roger Sordal has rejoined Norway's GREEN CARNATION. Sordal will play all currently scheduled dates with the group following their trip to Finland in November.
"I had a great time in Australia, that's for sure. But it was a long time to stay away from the band and my wife," Stein Roger explained.
Australian band THE KARMA, whose demo Sordal had previously recorded and produced at his studio in Norway, were invited by an Australian management company to do a showcase for major labels, including Warner, Sony, EMI and Universal, at the end of September. And although Stein Roger admits the showcase went very well, he is not up to speculating about the future.
"Right now I'm just happy to be back home. Hopefully there will be a deal for THE KARMA, but probably it's going to take a while before we know anything.
Stein Roger underlines the importance for him to have a rock'n roll band to play in:
"I have a big desire to play rock music, something with balls. And for me no bands are like GREEN CARNATION when it comes to that, with the versatility, the songs and the friendships within the band. I have never even thought about leaving the band, and right now I am just looking forward to what promises to be a very exiting 2006 for GREEN CARNATION."
GREEN CARNATION will spend much of next year promoting their new album, "The Accoustic Verses", which is scheduled for release in Europe in mid-January.
Norway's GREEN CARNATION have decided to dedicate 2006 to promoting their new albums by playing more live gigs, which is good news for the fans.
"We haven't been the most active live-band of all times, and we see the need for ourselves to hit the road on a more regular basis," said singer Kjetil Nordhus. "Thinking back, it's a shame that we haven't had a full European tour to promote 'The Quiet Offspring' after the fantastic reception the record has had in the press and by our fans, and we are looking to do this in 2006."
GREEN CARNATION will spend much of next year promoting their new album, "The Accoustic Verses", which is scheduled for release in Europe in mid-January.
"I think the band is made for playing live, and we'd like to catch up with what we should have done in the past," Nordhus added. "And after releasing both 'The Acoustic Verses' and the EP, 'The Burden is Mine...Alone', we certainly have enough new or almost new material to present to the audience."
Kjetil Nordhus does not rule out a possible acoustic tour, but sees the combination of acoustic and non-acoustic parts within one live set as a more likely scenario.
In accordance with Norway's Green Carnation and Sublife Productions, Profound Lore Records will release an exclusive edition EP in accordance with the band's appearance at this year's Day Of The Equinox festival on Oct 14. Entitled "The Burden Is Mine… Alone," this EP will be an all-acoustic offering that will precede the band's full-length acoustic album that will surface sometime in 2006, and will be offered in a strictly limited edition. If all goes without delay, this exclusive EP will be sold at the Day Of The Equinox festival, and through Profound Lore's website (only in North America). European and overseas customers will be able to obtain their copy of the EP through the band's own production company Sublife Productions (www.sublifeproductions.com). "The Burden Is Mine" will contain four tracks. Two tracks will appear on the upcoming acoustic album and two tracks will be solely exclusive to this EP, said material retracing back to the sound that Green Carnation forged with their monumental Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness opus.
"The Burden Is Mine" tracklisting is as follows:
Burden Is Mine… Alone
Six Ribbons (Jon English cover)