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

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


By Martin Harris

Death metal and Sweden go hand in hand like fish and chips or rhubarb and custard, until you hear The Gardnerz that is whose blend of eclectic and diverse progressive death metal owes more to mid era Death, proper Opeth and even early Paradise Lost. This is a cleverly written and well structured album with deep rumbling vocals alongside cleaner sections that will remind of Paradise Lost for many once you hear the opening tune “Don’t Look Back”. The riffing is harmoniously played and even though the riffs sound simple and catchy the variable tone and picking is obviously not with some parts bordering the emotion of someone like Orphaned Land in parts.

The opening triad of tunes clock around the seven minute mark as the myriad of guitar textures and semi acoustic passages sit comfortably with the straight technical death metal outbursts. The serenity of “A Horrible Disease” has definite Opeth traits sandwiched between the death metal exterior of the song. Now this album has decided to include a very unusual but rather special cover of Darkthrone’s “Transilvanian Hunger” presented here as an acoustic piece and beautifully done with the vocal talents of Paulina Strihavka whose depth and tone are really quite exquisite. I can’t overestimate how brilliant this version is right down to the lyrics which are hauntingly melodious and downright spine tingling.

The title track follows by returning the album to death metal where the heaviness seems to increase ten fold due to the previous songs tranquil nature. Again the riff is sublimely played and executed with enough potency to engrave onto your memory with ease as Paulina does some backing vocals here as well. The closing song “Erasing Bad Specimen” starts very humbly with a darkened greying edge of doom before the pummelling deathliness pervades. The guitar texturing is wondrous with subtle percussive elements perfectly balanced against the whispering vocal line; cue the shiver in your spine. I did detect the odd hint of Candlemass and even Memory Garden in the riffing and feel of the song and even say the mood shifts towards “Brave Murder Day” Katatonia possessing a sophisticated bleakness and ends this album superbly.

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