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

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

by Metal Disciple

By George Washburn

Sweden’s The Gardnerz released their first album (“The System of Nature”) last year, and now they have released a follow up EP called “It All Fades.” These guys play a combination of death and doom metal. What is with the name? Are they trying to make having a green thumb cool? Who knows, but as long as the music is good I do not care.

“It All Fades” may be labeled an EP, but its six tracks clocks in at 36 minutes which is as long or longer than many full albums. I would not go so far as to say I have not heard anything like this before, but I will say I do not hear albums like this one very often. The way they combine the heavy and growling elements of death metal with the slower pace, ponderous riffing and cleaner vocals of doom is very refreshing and I am enjoying it immensely. Listening to just one track does not give you an accurate portrayal of what this band is about. I like that.

Like a box of Cracker Jacks with a prize in the middle, the third song on the EP is an interesting interpretation of Darkthrone’s “Transylvanian Hunger.” The Darkthrone version is of course a classic example of mid-90s Norwegian black metal. If someone asked me what black metal sounded like I could point them to “Transylvanian Hunger” and be sure they were getting the right idea. The Gardnerz version is about as far from black metal as you can get; it sounds acoustic, and the vocals, rather than gravelly black metal screams are the clean and beautiful guest vocals of Paulina Strikavka. Side by side one might not guess that these were the same song. Kudos to the band on having the guts for such a daring cover song.

Overall, “It All Fades” was a very nice surprise. When I have time I fully intend to look up their first album and give it a listen.

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