The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by The Grim Tower

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review

by  The Grim Tower

By Eric May

These Sweden doomsters don’t exactly sound like the kind of doom that you might be expecting. As a matter of fact, they might be more in line with their death metal counterparts and that’s certainly not a bad thing. But there are still certain moments of doom to round everything out, and you will still get your dull croons.

There are just six tracks on this 35:00 MCD, but the band certainly does offer some interesting material, particularly on their cover of Darkthrone’s “Transilvanian Hunger” (Does anyone care that they’ve spelled the name of that disc wrong for years?) which will make most black metal kvltists foam at the fucking mouth. But why is that exactly?

Well, because the cover is done with only an acoustic guitar and some haunting female vocals. Sure, there are some of you who might like it, and I have to say that it is unique and done quite well; but I’m sure that there will also be a few people screaming, “Blasphemy! What the fuck is this? Who shit in my peanut butter?” There’s no drums here, no scowls, no heavy riffs. It’s just a few acoustic guitars and a female singer who doesn’t appear on any of the other songs on this album.

Yet this song is not even a foreshadow for the rest of the disc, so let’s talk about the other five tracks. You’re definitely going to hear your doom with your deathy vocals “Melatonin 3:48”, “A Horrible Disease 7:50” but don’t cry when the band decides to pull out some classic rock melodies because they felt like it. This band also doesn’t mind playing a ton of prog riffs, and I sure as hell am not complaining, because they meld well with the doom and shake things up a bit. The disc has some great solos too, it doesn’t matter if they’re acoustic or classic style guitar jizzery, it all works for me.

However, I could care less for the guy screaming along with the vocalist in “It All Fades 4:48”, I personally think it’s amateurish. Other than that, I think the band showcased a good side of themselves on this EP, but I wish that they had waited and gave us a full hour of music with the Darkthrone cover tacked on as bonus.

I’d have to recommend this to fans of death/doom worldwide, because the band shows that they’ve got a handle on their instruments, they don’t care if they bend the rules a little; and they show an experimental prowess that we need more of in the metal genre today. That cover was unprecedented to me, and spoke volumes about the band’s willingness to shake up black metal elitists around the world by seemingly blaspheming one of the genre’s most prized bands.

While not the best death/doom I’ve heard, it’s certainly worth checking out. I think you’ll enjoy it if you give it a shot. Certainly unique and definitely bleak.

(6 Tracks, 35:00)

Rating: 8/10

Review link: www.thegrimtower.blogspot.com/2012/10/week-64.html

The Gardnerz links:

Official Website: www.thegardnerz.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/thegardnerz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegardnerz

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/thegardnerz

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/The+Gardnerz

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Other links:

To purchase The GARDNERZ “It All Fades” CD EP, “The System of Nature” DIGI CD  and other The GARDNERZ merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=the+gardnerz

To preview a song from “The System of Nature” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iXL-YXoWSk

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