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

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

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

by www.cmar-net.org

By Wildchild

Among the recent Swedish bands emerged a few years ago was an interesting band that contains a beautiful symbiosis of sounds death and doom metal, neatly packed and very well made. It is a four person band The Gardnerz that already has initially albumsko last edition of” The System of Nature”. That first album, like its genre description give a true picture of a mixture of pure death metal mixed with a bit of doom metal. As such, the album would be without much trouble could appeal to every devotee or a fan of this sound, and it seems that, as such, remained very well received by critics and audiences. With minor changes in the composition, of which she is most noted by our drummer Vedran Benčića from Osijek, The Gardnerz us this year, offering six new songs as a warm up for the upcoming album. What’s with this EP intereanatno several things. Out of the 6 songs worked out several musical elements, so we can speak here of the death / doom sound, but with additions and other influences such as typical for other genre preferences. As such, this half-hour EP titled” It All Fades” offers something for every music lover. The Gardnerz on it are not something particularly away from the core of their sound, but some of the songs get lighter Epilogue to be closer to its end. Usually there is a melodic acoustic guitar sounds, with a slow rhythm of drums that are karakteristčne for the first two songs Do not Look Back and A Horrible Disease. In addition both the songs offer a great deal of progressive sound with plenty of guitar riffs and melodies that do not sound jaded, izreciklirano. Deep rough vocal arrangements also seamlessly evoke musical atmosphere and quality make this release and, so to speak, strong. After the first two typical death / doom stuff comes to processing Transilvanian Hunger, a well-known fact of the cult Norwegian Darkthrone’s. Processing as such is actually totally unrecognizable, and that someone does not point out that listening to Darkthrone-processing and you would not figure it out. The song is quite slow, and that’s just a slight sequential melody on guitar and female vocals. A number of strange way to handle one of these songs is definitely a big plus, unlike most bands that literally just” playing the song” without extensive modification. The rest of the EP follows the continued progressive death / doom tone continues presenting the aforementioned musical elements with a few new features as a lightweight soprano female vocals in the background of things It All Fades or clean vocals combined with the rough on the last chorus Erasing Bad Specimen. This EP in its half-hour offering quality death / doom metal with a bit more melody than is typical for this kind of genre combination. Over six new songs The Gardnerz presented some novelties, and how will it all together to sound on the new album should wait a while. A solid release, especially for fans of the above genres.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

Review link: www.cmar-net.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=63747

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 Foul Feast

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Foul Feast

By combustion

The Gardnerz are back for their follow-up to The System of Nature. An album I reviewed with much praise. This time around the release is in EP format. Fortunately for all of you fans it still clocks in at a healthy 35 minutes. It is clear when listening to It All Fades that The Gardnerz are no “one trick pony”. These guys all have chops with both their instruments and writing abilities.

As mentioned in my previous review for the band’s full-length, for a melodic death metal band these guys sure know how to churn out some kick-ass riffs. It All Fades is no different. If anything this aspect of the band has grown. Every single riff on this release sticks with you immediately after hearing it. I also see some influence of Death possibly leaking through in some of the playing here. One of the best moments on this thing would have to be when the opening track “Don’t Look Back” slows down and goes into some clean vocals. This moment just builds and builds until eventually we break back into the fast paced riffing featured at the beginning of the track.

Each track on this release is really like a journey. The EP is almost impossible to not listen to as a whole. It all comes together very nicely and flows with a vast amount of perfection. Not one track here is skippable. It seems as though the clean moments heard on The System of Nature have been added a bit more often on this EP. That being said the heavy moments have gotten much more intense and I really believe the band has found the perfect balance of all of their elements on this release.

While I hate to dedicate an entire paragraph to a cover song I really think the cover on here deserves it. The Gardnerz rendition of the Darkthrone classic Transilvanian Hunger is simply astounding. The track features beautiful female vocals throughout, not a single harsh vocal is used. The instrumental has a very clean, full sound going for it. It is amazing how The Gardnerz completely changed the overall sound of the song, but even with that fact, this very clean, beautiful version of the song still manages to hold the same atmosphere of the Darkthrone track. It’s an amazing feat and a very mind-blowing listen. When I first saw the tracklist I was worried about how this would come out. Upon listening that worry is completely gone and this has become my favorite track on the album, and possibly my favorite cover song of all time.

Overall It All Fades is an amazing effort from The Gardnerz. I thought The System of Nature would be an extremely hard release to follow-up, but they really outdid themselves with this one. Needless to say if you are a fan of the previous album pick this up. Also highly recommended to fans of death/doom metal. This release is truly the definition of what I want out of a release of this nature and it is very good to see The Gardnerz always taking steps in the right direction.

Review link: http://foulfeast.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-gardnerz-are-back-for-their-follow.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

CORROSIVE CARCASS (Sweden) “Composition of Flesh” CD review by heavymetaltribune

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , on August 9, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

CORROSIVE CARCASS (Sweden) “Composition of Flesh” CD review

by heavymetaltribune

By Hong Rui

After facing numerous lineup changes over the course of their history, Swedish death metal band Corrosive Carcass finally releases their debut full length album, Composition of Flesh, 8 long years after their formation all the way back in 2004. The fear of yet another Entomed or Nihilist clone once again left me hesitant in listening to the album, yet fortunately there are surprises that Corrosive Carcass has put into Composition of Flesh that manage to make it stand out somewhat from the rest of their peers.

Being Swedish, by nature the gnarly guitar tone and the d-beat infused drumming styles are immediately noticeable right from the start of the album, and the influences from old school Swedish death metal bands like Entombed are immediately clear. Even the lead guitars that are present on the album also reek of these influences, such as the haunting solo on Butchershop, not particularly flamboyant but the heavy tone and the slow, melodic approach could easily fit on an Entombed track. But vocalist Jonathan takes a more savage approach in his vocal styles, often belting out the lyrics on the album in a tortured growl, going from high-pitched shrieks to low-pitched guttural growls, without any care for proper techniques whatsoever, and the main point being the aggression that is in the music.

While the music of Corrosive Carcass are fundamentally and undeniably old school Swedish death metal, the band has also included some influences from other death metal forefathers such as Death, such as on the opening moments of songs like Self Mutilation, with the somewhat thrashy feel of the riffing style, preventing the band from sounding like a complete clone of the old school Swedish death metal legends. There are even the doom-laden moments on tracks like Born in a Casket, that instantly sends an ominous feeling to the listener, and reeks heavily of death and gore, fitting to the themes that Corrosive Carcass has written on Composition of Flesh. Collector even includes an acoustic moment towards the end of the track to further up the already haunting atmosphere.

The band also takes a rather straightforward approach in their songwriting style, with most of the tracks on the album lasting less than 3 minutes, with Avatar barely meeting the 1 minute mark even, and this keeps the listener constantly on his feet, anticipating the next round of onslaught by the band. That said though, the band surprises the listener with the album closer The End of Us All, almost hitting 8 minutes, displaying that the band is more capable than just being able to write short songs.

Swedish death metal is far from being my favourite death metal subgenre, but Composition of Flesh has managed to keep me captivated throughout, with the violent and aggressive undertone that the band has taken, making it a rather enjoyable release from these Swedes.

Review link: http://heavymetaltribune.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/album-review-corrosive-carcass-composition-of-flesh/

Corrosive Carcass links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/recreation666

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Corrosive-Carcass/142603437551

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/corrosivecarcass

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Corrosive+Carcass

Abyss Records links:

Online 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

To purchase CORROSIVE CARCASS “Composition of Flesh” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12297

DISEIM (Latvia) “Holy Wrath” CD review by www.avenoctum.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on July 2, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

DISEIM (Latvia) “Holy Wrath” CD review

by www.avenoctum.com

By Andrew Doherty

Latvia is for me an unknown quantity musically apart from a melodic death metal band called Trendkill Method. This album comes from a far darker place. The short and concise track titles – “Black”, “Witch”, “Sinner” “Agony” etc – convey what this is: no nonsense, deep and purposefully heavy death metal with high dosages of black and doom-laden content.

What I particularly liked about “Holy Wrath” is its honesty. The continuous flow of rumbling death metal is oppressive but it is developing and hypnotic. There’s plenty of technical content and a faint hint of a groove in parts. At times I am reminded of Grave, at others of Entombed or Mayhem. There’s most definitely a rancid old school feel about this.

Anger and torture peer through the opener “Black” but while the guitar twists in its intriguing and anarchic way, the drum beat towers above it all, creating in total a creepy effect. For seconds, “Holy Wrath” slows down, not quite to the point of doom but enough to generate a sense of agony. The pace picks up and then leaves us behind. Another round of dark meanderings and an intense but controlled ending follow. They’ve made their point. Black metal in its rancid forcefulness can be found. It’s straightforward really, but then the patter changes with “Sinner” which grinds on remorselessly with its doomy death progression. “”Insanity” starts in similar funereal vein before cranking up to a pumping beat. The growls maintain a thread between the black and doom metal. It’s pretty dirty stuff. By contrast again “Son of the Winter” is pure death metal. It is cold, dark, sunless and most of all it is threatening. As if dragged back by mud, “Witch” progresses sludgily, occasionally breaking out but always returning to the land of grey struggle. There’s plenty going on instrumentally and what thee is adds to the pitiful painting. The uncompromising harshness of “Agony” which ends the album seems entirely appropriate.

It’s been done before but there’s good musicianship and a wealth of ideas here. Diseim don’t mess about. You can’t ask for more than that. This is a solid album.

Rating: 6.5/10

Review link: www.avenoctum.com/2012/06/diseim-holy-wrath-abyss-records/

Diseim Links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/diseim

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Diseim/160549820655600

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/diseim

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Diseim

Abyss Records links:

Online 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

To order DISEIM “Holy Wrath” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12213

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags on March 21, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Metal Provider

By Sacir

The Gardnerz is a Wilhelm (Swedish) Doomy Death Metal band, formed in 2008, and now featuring guest soli by Thomas Ahlgren (Deranged) and Heber Hammer (Inner Sanctvm). The System Of Nature is this Swedish quartet’ debut album, containing 10 ordinary and two bonus tracks, namely a Vulcano “Bloody Vengeance” and Winter “Servants Of The Warsmen” covers.

The band relentlessly delivers one after another heavy riff with melodic distortion. The overall pace is slower than what I expected, where an obvious focus is on the melody, a technicality mixed with simplicity. The vocals of Niclas Ankarbranth are monotonous and repetitive, yet again fitting perfectly together with an overall image of the band.

The album is very varied and diverse and it works just perfectly for the band. Lyrically they deal with philosophical ideas of different kinds, but also random rants about the strange ways of man. Main topics are; the fallacies of religion, the rat-race of over-consuming, and the hypocrisy found in the writing of history etc.

The album is mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö at Unsound Studio in Sweden (Edge Of Sanity, Katatonia, Marduk, Opeth, Dark Funeral…). Thus the overall sound is mesmerizing and just the way a piece of a modern Doom/Death Metal should sound.

There’s still space for growing and evolving as artists for The Gardnerz, and with the latest arrival of Vedran ‘The Croatian Sensation’ Benčić the future looks bright for this combo. The System Of Nature is an interesting album that keeps on unfolding itself. The music is dynamic, imaginative, absorbing and straight-up-your-face. Clearly a great debut for all fans of Doomy Death Metal.

Rating: 4/6

Review link: http://metalprovider.net/the-gardnerz-the-system-of-nature/

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

FETUS STENCH (Sweden) “Demo 2011” by www.globaldomination.se

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

FETUS STENCH (Sweden) Demo 2011

by www.globaldomination.se

By Lord K Philipson

 

Can you smell it? The fetus stench, bitches! You get a somewhat good picture about what these guys can possibly present on this demo just by looking at the moniker. Yep, it’s a shit name for a band, but it’s also perfect in the sense that it oozes death metal. Which, ofcourse, is what these kids are playing. Fuck did you think?

They are Swedes, which is almost always a promising thing, and they feature members from acts such as The Law, Slaughterous and Blood Red Throne. Drummer Emil is the only fucko/drummer who’s replaced Tobben “Golden T” Gustafsson for a Vomitory show (The Golden One had back surgery and they needed someone to fill the spot). That should say a few things about his skills, apart from the fact that he’s playing with Norwegian killer deathsters Blood Red Penis. The very same Tobben recommended Fetus Stench to me, so you know this is bound to be above decent. Tobben is one picky muthafucker.

And it fucken is. Despite the quite poor production job (biggest downside being the insanely annoying snare sound in the blast sections), Fetus Stench fire up 4 tracks of very catchy and groovy death metal, proving they demand attention in the scene. And they might very well deserve it too, that’s how good this demo is. Give these Fetus-fuckos a few years and a better budget (so you can hire Dan Swanö to do the sound, meaning your potential will really come through) and they might very well be able to enter the next level.

To hand out a debut demo of this caliber is a very good sign and I can only agree with my Torture Division/The Project Hate MCMXCIX colleague, Tobben: this is some good shit. With an ace production this would most likely have blown me the fuck away. Now it’s “just” better (alot better) than your average death metal band of today. Not to mention their logo looks neater than most of the logos out there. All this leads up to a score of: 7.5/10

Review link: www.globaldomination.se/demons/fetus-stench-demo-2011

Fetus Stench links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/fetusstench

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fetusstench

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/fetusstenchsweden

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Fetus+Stench

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

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