Archive for death doom

The Gardnerz -It All Fades Out Now

Posted in Abyss Records Artists News with tags , , on October 14, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

The Gardnerz -It All Fades Out Now

It All Fades, the new mini-album from Swedish death/doom metal outfit THE GARDNERZ, is out now on Abyss Records.

The follow up to last year’s The System of Nature, It All Fades sees The Gardnerz venture into more melancholic territory while still retaining their trademark massive sound.

“This time around the songs are a bit slower and darker than on The System Of Nature (the band’s debut), we tried to continue on the path we have chosen,” said guitarist Wilhelm Linhd. “We have found our niche and have no reason to stray, so if you liked our first release you will like It All Fades as well. This time it was a bit more of a group effort and I think that made the songs stronger.”

To mark the release of It All Fades, AxisOfMetal.com, who gave the world its first taste of the new EP with the premier of the track “Don’t Look Back,” is now offering fans an exclusive stream of “A Horrible Disease.” Check out the track at this location: http://axisofmetal.com/2012/10/axis-of-metal-exclusive-song-stream-a-horrible-disease-from-the-gardnerz/

It All Fades can be purchased at the Abyss Records Webstore: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=the+gardnerz

“It All Fades is an amazing effort from The Gardnerz.” – Foul Feast Webzine

“This will not be removed from my player for quite a long time.” – This Is Not A Scene

THE GARDNERZ is a doomy death metal band from the south of Sweden, THE GARDNERZ was formed in the middle of 2008 by Wilhelm and in late 2008 Francisco joined the band and the debut album started to take shape. A longtime friend of Francisco, Juan Pablo was recruited to do the drums and after a long time of searching for a vocalist Niclas stepped in to the picture. THE GARDNERZ inked a deal with Abyss Records in late 2010 The band’s debut album, The System Of Nature, is now out on digipack CD through Abyss Records, on LP through Mechanix Records and digital download through Digmetalworld. Boosted by the tremendous response from the debut album the band started working on new material. In 2011a new drummer, Vedran Benčić, was recruited and after a few months of rehearsing the new songs the band decided to record a Ep. The recording started in early 2012 and yielded the It All Fades Mini Album containing six doom and death filed tracks.

The Gardnerz – A doom/death metal hybrid with allot of twists and turns that will keep you on your toes, not your garden variety band. Blending slow and heavy riffs with melodies distorted and clean.Taking influences from all over the musical spectra, but keeping a solid metal foundation. Mixing technicality with simplicity to get as varied music as possible.

 

THE GARDNERZ Recording Lineup:

Niclas Ankarbranth – Vocals

Wilhelm Lindh – Guitar

Franciso Martín – Bass

Vedran Benčić – Drums

 

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on October 4, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.thisisnotascene.com

By Myron Schmidt

The Gardnerz, a Swedish doom metal outfit presents their sophomore offering “It All Fades”. Once you get over the name which takes about 30 seconds into their opening track, these boys have captured a unique sound. Loyal to their doom label, yet not afraid to incorporate unique almost jazz style interludes at various points along the way. This lands somewhere between an EP and LP in terms of length and it a great journey down the doom metal lane. The cover art is some of the best I have seen this year and captures the dark atmosphere of the music admirably.

Lets deal quickly with the one low point on the album which is the Darkthrone cover ‘Transilvanian Hunger’. Covering a legend like Darkthrone is a tough nut to crack anyway but this cover just didn’t resonate with me. I personally didn’t care for the slowed down melodic approach taken. It didn’t match my expectations and no amount of spins of that song seemed to have altered my thinking, its a swing and a miss.

Now, as for the other five tracks on the release, they are all solid creative doom metal. ‘A Horrible Disease’ is a great example of the some of the creativity put forth by the Swedes. It combines some true guttural vocals over towering riffs and beats. Added in for good measure, is a great jazz influenced type interlude, that really meshes up nicely with the overall feel to track. The title track as well has some real marching riffs and beats right up front. Added into the desperate growls, were some brutally incorporated jazz flair its really adds up to a deep and dark song. Don’t misunderstand me, you will not hear any Wes Montgomery or Pat Metheny jazz but its rather the influence and groove feeling you are left with. It’s that hint that makes it work so well in the tracks.

All in all, these is a creative offering in the doom metal vein. The large heavy riffs and beats are all here with some very nice added interludes. The vocals are desperate dark and pure visceral in nature just as you want for a darker release such as this. It took a couple of spins for this to really sink in but from the point where it dropped it roots and hit the chord its been playing throughout my day. This will not be removed from my player for quite a long time. Give this one a chance, just fast forward over the Darkthrone cover, and enjoy the darkness created by The Gardnerz.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Review link: www.thisisnotascene.com/2012/the-gardnerz-it-all-fades/

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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by www.xtreemmusic.org

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on October 3, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.xtreemmusic.org

By Xavier Bergada

So glad, a scant year since he jumped into the ring with his acclaimed debut album, THE GARDNERZ Swedes seem not waste time. This time we get to “It All Fades” EP of five tracks DARKTHRONE own version included more we serve as a bridge for their next studio album.

Without losing the essence of his previous feature “The System Of Nature” the compositions of these Swedes they might break the mold. His proposal somewhere between Doom and Death more cavernous still dominates the highest tonnage of your balance, that if less overweight than before and with more variety added to the base style.

From the initial “Do not Look Back” these guys go to the strip, his is dizzy both genders as if to break the issues into two is involved and know it a long time. The hearth is cited linked with many new concerns, with nods to Death of a more technical / progressive pace out there overlook something melodic clean some records and rarely visited before, as in the cuator minutes covering “Melatonin” predominance dotted interludes (the end with “A Horrible Disease” this logradísma) any registration shy of the opposite sex and even epic choruses amid “Eracing Bad Specimen”.

The curious note comes with the version that is indecipherable Darkthrone Cascan man and VULCANO WINTER those of his previous work, at least respect the essence and sweeping it ran to home, but this, you do not know where to get it. The theme is none other than the “Transilvanian Hunger” but I assure you that not even recognize such daring Fenriz. One version (to call it somehow) that goes with half clean guitar / acoustic whose theme is only a female voice dye mortuary, not a very rare thing and innovative accordance with eyes that look, although you I say there is no connection anywhere.

It is clear that THE GARDNERZ not satisfied with business as usual and try to distance themselves from the common logic of gender patterns. No me some credit if passed by former Tristitia Wilhelm Lindh, although I will not deny that his colorful rhythmic different extra cedes more and more recognizable musical takeoff. The most commendable thing is that pulling something invented and are carving out a unique musical personality and even quite easy to associate THE GARDNERZ, because apparently not resemble anyone and that in this day and age is a real advantage.

So, if you strip the Doom / Death with his particular line perfectly divided and with a few extras that make the difference, THE GARDNERZ you served in tray.

Rating: 8 / 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.xtreemmusic.org/index_query.html?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.xtreemmusic.org%2Freviews%2Fcriticas%2Fphp%2Fcritica.php%3Fid%3D4503

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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by Doomed to Darkness Zine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 30, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Doomed to Darkness Zine

By OccultBlackMetal

The  Gardernz  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  I  would  describe  as  being  melodic  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  “It  All  Fades  Away”  which  was  released  by  Abyss  Records.

Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

Rhythm  guitars  range  from  to  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  death  with  doom  metal  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for the  acoustic  guitars  which  are  only  used  briefly  they  use  full  chords  and  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  darkness  that.

Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death/doom  metal  growls  with  some  clean  singing  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  black  metal  screams  in  addition  there  are  some  female  clean  vocals  on  the  cover  of  Darkthrone’s  “Transylvanian  Hunger”  which  sounds  nothing  like  the  original,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  anti  christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

In  my  opinion  this  is another  great  recording  from  The  Gardernz  and  if  you  where  a  fan  of  their  previous  efforts,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  “A  Horrible  Disease”  and  “It  All  Fades  Away”.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Review link: http://hatredmeanswar2.blogspot.com/

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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by From the Dust Returned

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 29, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by From the Dust Returned

By autothrall

While it wasn’t in of itself a highly impressive album, The Gardnerz’ 2011 debut The System of Nature brought a riffier breath of fresh air to the doom/death spectrum, one that needed only some mild refinement to push the band into a more memorable terrain. Enter It All Fades, the Swedes’ followup recording, a 36 minute EP which flavors its marginal brutality with a number of eclectic departures that work wonders for its overall presentation. Not only are the group’s heavier compositions all the better for the improved structure and guitar progressions, but this also contains one of the most beautiful cover songs I’ve heard in 30+ years of my conscious awareness of rock and metal music…

Where many of the bands who cross the streams of these two extreme genres depend heavily on slow, dull and bludgeoning rhythms to impart despair, The Gardnerz would rather keep themselves, and their listeners interested in what’s happening. Many of the guitars here are, if not complex, quite busy, almost a progressive death metal which recalls sources as wide as Death and Opeth. They’ll occasionally evoke some simpler doom harmonies or dense, thuggish chord patterns (as in opener “Don’t Look Back”), but it never once gets to the point where you feel tired or exhausted of arbitrary repetition. The vocals are your stock guttural that you’ll recognize from a lot of Swedish or Finnish death, but these are joined by more tormented barks and even the use of female guest vocals for an operatic fix. The EP has a clean, but fertile mix which allows you to easily comprehend the guitars, while the rhythm section provides a taut dichotomy of smooth bass and snappy drums. The clean guitars also sound eloquent, and the music they write with them is actually catchy, rather than just placed into the tunes for appearances.

However, what really drew me to this disc is the band’s lavish interpretation of Darkthrone’s “Transilvanian Hunger”, which has been converted into a gorgeous, glimmering and wistful folk track with the lyrics intact, performed by female vocalist Paulina Strihavka, who also adds the operatic lines to the title track. You’d think a transmutation like this would solely rely on its gimmick, but there’s nothing at all tasteless, ironic or patronizing about how The Gardnerz translate this beloved, bestial classic. The original chords are wrought out in solemn, river-floes of acoustics, and the contrast of Paulina’s voice with the lyrics is strangely effective. It’s possibly the best folksy incorporation to an extreme metal album I’ve heard in quite some time, and though it’s not really representative of the Swedes’ original compositions, I haven’t stopped listening to it since I first experienced it. Otherwise, this is all solid material, more fetching and interesting than on The System of Nature, and I look forward to the inevitable sophomore full-length, crossing my fingers actually that they’ll incorporate more of the folk, if you can believe that.

Verdict: Win [7.75/10] (we are not part of the plan)

Review link: http://autothrall.blogspot.se/2012/09/the-gardnerz-it-all-fades-ep-2012.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

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on February 26, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Diabolical Conquest

By Kunal

 

The Gardnerz (such a pain to spell it right) are a doom/death metal band from Sweden. I checked out a song or two and thought their music was interesting enough to write on it. These guys are playing something like a heavier, death metal version of stoner doom. I know that tag could apply to The Dead circa Ritual Executions which most of you are familiar with but in spite of that fact these guys sound quite different. For starters their music is rooted in doom than death and sounds mellower. You would have to think of European bands for reference such as Runemagick, mid-period Amorphis and a bit of stoner era Celestial Season. Yep, good enough indeed, especially the Runemagick comparison.

If you are familiar with the above bands, you know what to expect: groovy, plodding death/doom with emphasis on riffs (than atmosphere, for example). The riffs have a stoner quality to them which makes you drowsy but doesn’t put you off to sleep. Thanks to the Runemagick influence, you have middle east-tinted riffs and solos that you will find instantly appealing. Their hooks are very strong and you are likely to repeat them in your mind well after the album is over. Between their trippy riffing you will have melodic breaks which include well placed acoustic parts and faster and heavier death metal trudges. It all is very coherent and tastefully done, and proves that the band has remarkable poise. The songs progress ever so slowly and naturally, you never feel something is forced or doesn’t fit in despite them covering a wide range of subjects. It seems like every song has its own tale to tell, even with the story having common characters each time, which is quite a compliment. Not many bands can weave an engrossing tale this effortlessly. I particularly appreciate the moody, indulgent air of the musicians; it is of the kind that makes you deduce that they are creating music for themselves and not someone else and in all likelihood they will not bow down to external pressure.

The System of Nature is an absorbing album and makes for a very good listen. Given its mildness and generally easy pace, it is best to treat it as a doom metal album than a death metal one. Don’t expect to headbang wildly to it, though you will be given plenty of headbang-worthy parts. It is the kind of album that will put you through a state of silent but active enjoyment. The Gardnerz were unsigned when I got this promo from the band but I am glad to know that they have been picked up by Abyss Records. Hopefully soon you folks will be able to obtain this album soon. It sure is worthy of your attention.

Rating: 7.7/10

Review link: http://diabolicalconquest.com/reviews2011/the_gardnerz-the_system_of_nature.htm

The Gardnerz links:

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:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Records/164573050232055

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 “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 www.metalpsalter.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on February 15, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.metalpsalter.com

By Chris

The Gardnerz spouts a Swedish brand of death/doom metal that makes the most of its melodious meandering within a slow-paced offering of well-crafted tunes that are fully sanctioned by the morose fan boy in us all.

While not as technically sound or diverse as fellow countrymen Opeth, The System of Nature squeezes out very last drop of solemnity from its saturated satchel of dark tunes. The vocals are the typical growling in the lowest of registers, but the mixing of throaty gasps and occasional breathy yells over music that defies conventional doom metal really makes the album. “Lady in the Grace” is a terrific song that has one hell of a main riff that really sets a sorrowed tone through the entire song. The vocal keeps drawing me back by switching from a somewhat black metal feel to a textbook death metal moan, which is perfect for this very moody album. I can’t even call this straight-forward doom metal because its position jumps from time to time. “Your Final Solution” actually reminds me of Slayer slowed to a virtual crawl, and that alone makes for an interesting blueprint.

I like the crawling-through-barbed-wire feel in these tracks as it seems to really carry the band over the anticipated pigeon-hole many bands of the genre fall into by either lump comparison or personal influences. Very rarely does a band ‘get into’ this style for hope of financial windfalls or delusions of grandeur; it’s a labor of love all over and The Gardnerz seem to be very good at what they’re currently doing because they believe in the music whole-heartedly. I usually steer clear of the lower registered vocals simply because I enjoy hearing the words enunciated at all points, but Niclas Ankarbranth manages to encompass both discernable vocals and a death metal attack that finds the perfect medium and passes the muster.

It’s a good thing to see Sweden on the map for some music of this style; the black metal exporting has to be tiring for that country by now! One listen to “Shift in Thought” and the odd vocal in it makes you realize that The Gardnerz may not be perfect, but they are most definitely interesting and warrant inclusion in your thought banks. I don’t think you’d be disappointed by expected the expected, yet reveling in the surprises and subtle nuances that set The System of Nature apart from the mundane or generic bands regurgitating the same thing.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Review link: www.metalpsalter.com/review_the_gardnerz_the_system_of_nature.html

The Gardnerz links:

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:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Records/164573050232055

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 “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