In the 90s, when some of Norway's metal elite took time off from burning down churches or killing each other, they listened to prog-rock. Formed way back in 1990 as a death metal band by Tchort, Green Carnation eventually morphed into the progressive, experimental band they are today. They've released some pretty ambitious stuff, including the sprawling 60 minute mindfuck Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness, though on Offspring the band rein in their experimental side. Instead, they opt for more straightforward material to showcase Carnation's good sense of melody. Kind of like a more timid version of Opeth, but just as artsy.
Green Carnation tear through the Opera House Friday (October 14).