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The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “The System of Nature” DIGI CD review by www.queensofsteel.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 11, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “The System of Nature” DIGI CD review

by www.queensofsteel.com

By Tania Giménez

There are always new formations which, although not really contribute something original to the scene, deserve to be heard with attention, since they do not have a high degree of innovation does not mean that quality has not. And that is precisely the case of THE GARDNERZ, a little Swedish, but with some components of Chile and Uruguay, who now draw their debut work, “The System of Nature”. A difficult title to define its slow Death Metal means it can be easily seen Funeral Doom. The sound that reigns throughout this compact is fragile and powerful, brutal and beautiful but with a notable tunes, mostly provided by the guitars that can sometimes recall the work of Schuldiner in DEATH (just listen, for example, cutting open the round, “The Artof Suffering”) but, yes, with a much slower pace. The deep grunts of vocalist Niklas Ankarbranth fits perfectly with the dark sound of the combo and at the same time, in contrast to these weak (in sentiment, not quality) melodies that take the lead in the more atmospheric. Other songs like “Lady in the Grave” is pure Death Metal slow and rough and black with a touch metalhead, the truth is that their sound is always a walk in extreme genres, taking the best of each to, following thereby create the very sound of GARDNERZ. That said, the music, although not really original, is very varied, which always adds points to the disc, unfortunately, the voices could also have been more mixed, although its work adapting to what the music calls at all times is more than acceptable. On the other hand, production is a few moments ago that the compact does not sound like you really should, especially in the instrumental passages peculiar curious that includes the band in almost every one of its courts On other tracks we find more progressive touches that could perfectly remember the best time ATHEIST (relatively speaking, of course). THE GARDNERZ have interesting ideas (a mixture of styles that we’ve heard before but it is still welcome) who play through good compositions but, unfortunately, fail a little in the production and vocals that can ultimately lead to monotonous , the truth is that with a little more work the end result could have been really enjoyable. However, and despite being a record that still leaves plenty of room for progress, it is a very interesting debut work and anticipates a great future ahead.

Rating: 7/10

This review was originally written in Spanish and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in Spanish click the link below.

Review link: www.queensofsteel.com/2011/10/the-gardnerz-the-system-of-nature/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

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

To preview a song from “It All Fades” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz_S-ufxf-E

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “The System of Nature” DIGI CD review by From the Dust Returned

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 9, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “The System of Nature” DIGI CD review

by From the Dust Returned

By autothrall

Swedish initiates The Gardnerz took me quite by surprise, not due to their unusual moniker, but by their rather unique approach to the hybrid of doom and death metal which is a bit trickier to classify than the garden variety drudges who generally inhabit the genre. You can clearly hear the roots of My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise Lost or Officium Triste in this sound, but the stark melodic walls they superimpose seem more akin to fellow swedes like Memory Garden or Candlemass, if they implemented layers of growling and snarling more like a grind or death metal outfit. They are also fond of interjecting calm contrasts into a lot of their songs, with flows of thick bass and cleaner, slightly affected guitar tones.

It doesn’t always work that well, but the overall aesthetic is one of a some bone carved galleon on a sea of crushing and tranquil emotions that seem to shift on a normalized basis. Prime examples include opener “The Art of Suffering”, which transforms from an elfin eloquence to these massive dual melodies that twine beneath the guttural foreman; or “Flaw in the Axiom”, which has these epic, gliding guitar lines but builds into complexity to create a more exotic, hammering rhythm after the bridge. They definitely experiment with the riffing, striating cuts like “Incident” or “Born to Consume” with these eerie, scale based departures that one might expect of a more technical death metal act, and most importantly, they understand that doom metal must not be slow, boring and wholly soul-leeching to successfully shower its emotional void upon the listener, even if a few too many of the tunes use comparable techniques and suffer from sameness.

This is far from funeral doom, mind you, but a dynamic formula which never underplays the significance of the guitar riff. The production is giant, boxy and bright, even when converting a few of their obscure influences into covers. Vulcano’s “Bloody Vengeance” and Winter’s “Servants of the Warsmen” are both tackled here, and they both do a loyal and chunky service to the originals, even if some of the somber mood of the latter is lost with the brighter production. At any rate, I didn’t love all the material on the album, and the vocals, while abrasive, are your pretty standard variety growls like a harsher Nick Holmes (his death voice), but the Swedes are onto something here. If they can extract some of their mightier melodic conjurations into some better grooves, and perhaps clean up some of the transitions between loud and soft, then they could easily lurch alongside their countrymen Isole as modern death/doom titans.

Rating: 7/10

Review link: http://autothrall.blogspot.com/2011/10/gardnerz-system-of-nature-2011.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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

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

To preview a song from “It All Fades” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz_S-ufxf-E

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 1, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Blackened Horde Zine

By Kris

One of the many great aspects of reviewing music is often you get to hear how a band grows and improves. After the 2011 full-length album The System Of Nature by Swedish band The Gardnerz, I felt they didn’t have much to improve upon. Their album was a dynamic masterpiece of doom infused death metal that was a real pleasure to experience. The Gardnerz wasted no time getting to work and expanding on their already impeccable sound. The result is their 2012 EP titled It All Fades. This EP is every bit the equal of The System Of Nature in quality and creative songwriting. But this time around The Gardnerz show us that they are not content to simply copy the same formula that made The System of nature a success. They instead decide to expand on their sound and they have created one hell of an incredible EP. This time around they add melodic elements to the already solid musical blend. This combination of doom melodic death metal gives us an EP that is extreme at points but can also slow things down and deliver wispy somber moments of dread that pull you in as a listener. This EP wants to play you by giving you some anger and then swinging you into sadness, and it pulls this off immaculately. All of the brilliant musical performances featured are on The System of Nature are back and also expanded upon. Singer Niclas Ankarbranth still has his deep, dominating death metal voice but this time putts in some great bellowing and some great clean singing too. He is a phenomenal death metal singer that shows he is improving on his already near perfect voice and expanding on what he does best in artistic ways. Not to be out done, guitarist Wilhelm Lindh also expands on his playing keeping his blisteringly brutal death metal riffs but now at times can move to hauntingly beautiful delicate leads and arpeggios. He and bassist Francisco Martin once again weave a perfect tapestry together. This EP has the guts to take on a black metal classic and completely rework it. Transilvanian Hunger by the one and only Darkthrone has been covered here in an intensely fascinating way. They strip out the extreme metal and have a woman beautifully sing the song over soft melodies played gracefully on guitar. This works extremely well as a cover and as a creative spin on a black metal classic. This is one fantastic band and this is one fantastic EP. Constantly imaginative and evolving proving that even though it all fades, The Gardnerz continue to shine.

Rating: 9/10

Review link: http://blackenedhorde.com/the_gardnerz_review

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

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

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on August 19, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Brutiful Metal Radio

By Paul Jackson

A follow up to their full length album “The System of Nature”, “It All Fades EP” introduces a new drummer into the fold with the usual suspects from System.  It’s a solid effort from these South Norwegians second release on Abyss Records.  Really marketed as Doom but they really transcend all things heavy.  Doomy yes, but also haunting and their twin guitar attack is textbook Priest.  No frills balls to the wall Death Metal with a slow beat and forays into differing vocal styles.  Its different, it works and these guys should be all over the states touring.

At first opening The Gardnerz “Melatonin” harkens back to a straight up four piece sonata of ingenuity in metal making.  A clean guitar diddle opens the number with interpolating crisp tones, then a solid groove comes in with a heavy handed drumbeat.  Like Thor himself was beating the shit out of some skins Vedrans first foray with the Gardnerz is undisputed.  I would be remiss if i didn’t mention the underlying ping ponging bass.  We have all heard it before, but these dudes make the shit original.  They really take the time and interleave a masterpiece of original metal.  The dual vocals at the end on “Melatonin” sound like vintage Celtic, if not as masterful, at least more hauntingly.  No verse chorus verse here…just straight up DOOM!

“Don’t Look Back” is what was so great about 90’s death metal, equal parts Malevolent Creation and Morbid Angel with slightly slower time signatures and even sludgy-er breakdowns, this is what I miss about the scene.  Everyone got so fucking fast and learned how to sweep solo and do a blast beat that a black guy from New Year invented (a la Suffocation) but these dudes bring the shit back to the basics with, as the lyrics suggest, an eye for an eye approach to brutality.  You get as much out of this EP as you put in.   Clocking in at 35 minutes its damn near a full album.  Only difference you get more bang for your buck and their chops abound as much their songwriting.  “Don’t Look Back” is a seven plus minute opus of sheer doom with interludes of melody.

Review link: http://brutifulmetalradio.crazy4us.com/t398-the-gardnerz-sweden-it-all-fades-cd-ep-doom-death-metal

 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

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

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on August 7, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Pest Webzine

By Adrian

After a successful (in my opinion) debut album The Gardnerz are back this time with an EP that actually features 5 new tracks and a cover of Darkthrone’s Transylvanian Hunger (weird choice for a Doom Death band) totaling a bit more than 35 minutes. their music could be described as a combination of mid to late ’90’s Anathema and Paradise Lost plus some influences from the mid ’90’s European Death Metal scene on slow or mid-tempo rhythms with loads of melody thrown inthere all the time. I like this band very much and I believe their potential is huge, they only need to find and add more hooks in their tracks for the next Doom Death masterpiece to be unleashed. The Darkthrone cover is also awesome played on acoustic guitars only supported by calm, jazzy, enchanting female vocals, nothing you’d expect. Thumbs up, can’t wait for their next release!

Rating: 8.5/10

Review link: http://pestwebzine.com/index/july_2013_page_2/0-776

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by www.vs-webzine.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on July 10, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.vs-webzine.com

By Sheb

In such international group is one who is strong. Skåne County native, is the area in the extreme south of Sweden, the Swedish quartet has a single, Niclas Ankarbranth, the singer whose musical background VANDÖD boils down to a black metal band who released an album in 2007. The other three members of THE GARDNERZ we all come from other countries and have participated in all of the groups in their respective countries. Francisco Martin, bassist Sometimes we SUD America, probably in Chile or Uruguay, where he participates or has participated in three other combos. Vedran Bencic the drummer happens to Croatia where he was part of a shadowy group SAVAGE HARMONY heavy author of two demos in the mid-2000s and UZIEL a thrash death whose discography is limited to a demo. The line-up was finally completed by Wilhelm Lindh is Swedish but is also part of TOXODETH, cult group death-black Mexican scene. Do not ask me how those four met in a band together, I don ‘ not have a clue. Still, in 2008 the group was founded and an album was born in 2011, released by the American label Abyss Records. The band is back (which was rather late 2012 as date of this CD a few months) with a maximum of six titles for 35 minutes of music, what would be considered sufficient for any we flog as an album. The combo looks like a doom band but this description is really too simplistic to represent the music of four gardeners (those attending the garden, Athenian philosophical school created by Epicurus in IVth century BC). While there is no doubt that the music of THE GARDNERZ is mostly doom metal, melodic death must also be included in the table. With musicians from such backgrounds, do not of course expect a purely Swedish music all that Max has been mixed in Santiago, Chile. At the end we get a very original music but not especially successful, though heavy alternating rhythmic and melodic parts do well. The weak point of this cake probably lies in the song. If the parties purely death metal growls prove honest, it is quite different parts of the song especially clear where the singer tries to give the traditional doom to SOLITUDE Aeturnus. These are very ugly, sometimes sung and make no false emotion pass. To be honest it reminded me of their compatriots VOID MOON (especially on “A Horrible Disease”) I recently told you about in these columns. The third track of this cake is a cover of “Transylvanian Hunger” of DARKTHRONE. If the title of this piece was not so well known and had not put a flea in his ear, I probably would not be recognized as it was here transfigured. In place of the original black metal, we are left with an acoustic ballad with female vocals. The result is surprising but very successful. An honest cake doom-death does not bring anything new, but that still leaves listen.

Rating: 6.5/10

This review was originally written in French and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in French click the link below.

Review link: www.vs-webzine.com/METAL.php?page=KRONIK&id_news=14341

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by www.vs-webzine.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on June 19, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by www.vs-webzine.com

By Sheb

In such international group is one who is strong. Skåne County native, is the area in the extreme south of Sweden, the Swedish quartet has a single, Niclas Ankarbranth, the singer whose musical background VANDÖD boils down to a black metal band who released an album in 2007. The other three members of THE GARDNERZ we all come from other countries and have participated in all of the groups in their respective countries. Francisco Martin, bassist Sometimes we SUD America, probably in Chile or Uruguay, where he participates or has participated in three other combos. Vedran Bencic the drummer happens to Croatia where he was part of a shadowy group SAVAGE HARMONY heavy author of two demos in the mid-2000s and UZIEL a thrash death whose discography is limited to a demo. The line-up was finally completed by Wilhelm Lindh is Swedish but is also part of TOXODETH, cult group death-black Mexican scene. Do not ask me how those four met in a band together, I don ‘ not have a clue. Still, in 2008 the group was founded and an album was born in 2011, released by the American label Abyss Records. The band is back (which was rather late 2012 as date of this CD a few months) with a maximum of six titles for 35 minutes of music, what would be considered sufficient for any we flog as an album. The combo looks like a doom band but this description is really too simplistic to represent the music of four gardeners (those attending the garden, Athenian philosophical school created by Epicurus in IVth century BC). While there is no doubt that the music of THE GARDNERZ is mostly doom metal, melodic death must also be included in the table. With musicians from such backgrounds, do not of course expect a purely Swedish music all that Max has been mixed in Santiago, Chile. At the end we get a very original music but not especially successful, though heavy alternating rhythmic and melodic parts do well. The weak point of this cake probably lies in the song. If the parties purely death metal growls prove honest, it is quite different parts of the song especially clear where the singer tries to give the traditional doom to SOLITUDE Aeturnus. These are very ugly, sometimes sung and make no false emotion pass. To be honest it reminded me of their compatriots VOID MOON (especially on “A Horrible Disease”) I recently told you about in these columns. The third track of this cake is a cover of “Transylvanian Hunger” of DARKTHRONE. If the title of this piece was not so well known and had not put a flea in his ear, I probably would not be recognized as it was here transfigured. In place of the original black metal, we are left with an acoustic ballad with female vocals. The result is surprising but very successful. An honest cake doom-death does not bring anything new, but that still leaves listen.

Rating: 6.5/10

This review was originally written in French and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in French click the link below.

Review link: www.vs-webzine.com/chronique-THE_GARDNERZ-It_All_fades-14341.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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

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