Archive for doom / death metal

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 6, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Pest Webzine

By Adrian

The gardnerz seems to be a South American band actually, two of is members being from Chile, one from Mexico and only one from Sweden, but I guess they have relocated to Sweden. The Mexican guy namely Wilhelm Lindh was (is?) also a member of the Death Metal legends Toxodeth, everyone should know who Toxodeth is. “The System of Nature” is The Gardnerz’ debut album, a 12 tracks effort lasting for exactly an hour, a melodic, heavy and dark Doom Death Metal a la’ ’90’s that honestly made me think of early Amorphis, and that’s because of the “oriental” approach on guitar leads. The guitar riffs unfortunately are getting too repetitive at times and that gets monotonous, and if you add the mono-tone raspy vocals of Niclas (good vocals, but not varied enough) this drags down the release, but still all in all I have enjoyed it, especially the guitar leads and bass lines. Recommended to old Amorphis followers. The Progressive Death Metal elements that are thrown in here and there only show that these guys have a lot more potential than they show on this release.

Rating: 7/10

Review link: http://pestwebzine.ucoz.com/index/september_2011_page_2/0-443

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 www.metalunderground.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on August 25, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.metalunderground.com

By sonictherapy

Every now and then, something oblique or left-of-center gets released that beckons a further listen. The Gardnerz’ new one, “The System of Nature,” is one such offering. Hailing from Stockholm, this quartet give us an interesting CD rich in a folkloric black metal sound that only a Northern European band could formulate. It was mixed and mastered by their drummer, Juan Pablo Donoso, down in Santiago. From the get go, “The System of Nature” has a slower, quiet solitude to its overall sound that also belies a good, latent undercurrent of black metal. The sound is both bleak and stark, making for evocative mood music. “Incident” has some good serpentine guitar leads that entwine themselves nicely around the song body, complemented by the sinister vocals of Niklas Ankarbranth. “Your Final Solution” takes plowed-into leads and layers the guitar into a sophisticated song. One thing that The Gardnerz know how to do is change up direction and actually write songs that have movement to them, a lot like the progressive style reminiscent of Atheist. “The System of Nature” is seeped in acoustic intros and song breaks as well. “The Art of Suffering” simmers with a graceful wrath, while “Shift in Thought” takes the acoustic riffage into a controlled nihilism of leads – transporting the listener into a desolate state of mind. Throughout the release, a dark theme of beauty prevails, evocative of an austere existence. This works very well for the bulk of the songs as a unifying theme. The body and songwriting of tracks such as “Flaw in the Axiom” are fluid with charming simplicity, and the bass line in “More or Less” adds nice structure, but sometimes the guitar leads tend to be the achilles heel of this release. You’ll see good leads by Wilhelm Lindh and another sessionist they brought in, but songs such as “Confusion” exemplify how that standard circular guitar lead employed over and over becomes redundant. That all-too-distinct guitar riff permeates many of the tracks and needs to be varied a lot more, as it sounds like they are running out of ideas. The Gardnerz do have a very interesting, distinct ambient folk sound that highlights them from other bands in the scene. They have provided a good ethereal backdrop of sound with “The System of Nature” and would be more evocative if they would just work on some of the elements that comprise the body of their songs.

Highs: Nice ambient folkloric black metal Lows: Some redundant elements and songwriting. Bottom line: “The System Of Nature” is decent evocative mood music

Rating: 3.5/5

Review link: www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=4640

 

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 Transcending Obscurity

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on July 17, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Transcending Obscurity

By Kunal Choksi

The Gardnerz returns after a successful debut with a brilliant EP titled ‘It All Fades’. This band has taken the mid-90s era of Death/Doom Metal and turned it on its head with its improvisations and innovations. It’s no longer the one-dimensional Death/Doom Metal – here you have the genre-bending scope with unconventional riffing, myriad vocal patterns including offbeat and unexpected female vocals such as for the Darkthrone cover, which is of the acoustic type.

A self-conscious band wouldn’t dare do something like that, which is why they’ll never reach the acclaim this band would get. They’ll remain in the underground, being all too aware of their “kvlt” image and languish there without ever seeing the light of the day, so to speak. The Gardnerz is confident of its bold steps, venturing into territories few bands would dare. The way it has mixed crushing Death Metal riffing with charming ‘90s Doom and even Traditional Doom elements is laudable.

The songs are long without seeming so and hardly repetitive – which is what makes The Gardnerz special. It all seems like an ever-interesting and engrossing journey laden with surprises and drama, which this band revels in. I prefer when the band indulges in playing more subtle melodies than in-your-face Death Metal parts as they are more touching and effective in their expression.

Littered with nature pictures, the album is presented very well, especially the cover artwork made by Daniel Johnsson. The production is immaculate with the right heaviness and tone and the vocals are diverse giving the emphasis on the right feeling – the backing vocals by Paulina Strihavka on the title track are breathtaking. That and the album on a whole are highly memorable and the tunes repeat themselves in your head well after the CD stops spinning. A seamless integration of both the genres would see this band expand on its noteworthy sound masterminded by Wilhelm Lindh and as such ‘It All Fades’ is one of the best releases to come out from this genre in recent memory.

Review link: http://transcendingobscurity.com/Webzine/AlbumInfo.aspx?alpha=A&R=1080

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.beowolfproductions.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , on May 2, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.beowolfproductions.com

By Beowolf Productions

THE GARDNERZ is a Death / Doom Metal band hailing from Sweden. These guys started back in 2008 and have released two albums to date. “IT ALL FADES” is the following up to their “THE SYSTEM OF NATURE” which came out back in 2011. These guys base their sound in the Death Metal genre, but they do have some heavy Doom Metal influences all through out their music. The music is really low ended and mid ranged paced Death Metal. I really dig the heavy grooved out sound they have that is heavily drowned in Doom Metal. The guitar work at times does have a bit of Thrash Metal styles, especially in the crisper and cleaner guitar arrangements. They have a thick Sludge Metal sound to the guitars as well. I am a big fan of Sludge Metal, especially when it is mixed with crushing Death Metal, so I was really digging these guys a lot. The vocals are done in a thick throaty and groggy Death Metal growl style, but in a slower more drawn out style, which is where the heavy Doom Metal comes in again. It’s as if you were to merge together CROWBAR with any Southern Death Metal band from the 90’s. This is only a short release, but it is a very powerful one at that. If you like your Death Metal infused with some Doom Metal, then your gonna love THE GARDNERZ! They do a killer cover of DARKTHRONE’s “Transilvanian Hunger” too!

Review link: www.beowolfproductions.com/Thegardnerz-ItAllFades.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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) Interview by Robex Lundgren

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on April 18, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) Interview

by Robex Lundgren

By Robex Lundgren

What is the name of your band?

The Gardnerz

Name of the band-members?

Niclas Ankarbranth (vocals) Wilhelm Lindh (guitar) Francisco Martín(Bass) Vedran Bencic (drums)

Where did you grow up?

Niclas is from Gislaved Sweden Wilhelm is from Jönköping Sweden Francisco is from Santiago Chile Vedran is from Osijek Croatia.

How old are you?

Together we are more or less 130 years old.

Who started the band?

Wilhelm started the band in 2008.

Where have you played 2012/2013?

We have not played live during these years.

Where can people see you?

Live currently nowhere.

Do you have a web-site?

Yes, www.thegardnerz.com

What is the name of your best song?

I (Wilhelm) thinks The art of suffering Vedran sais Erasing bad specimen

Who plays what?

See question above!

What kind of music are you into?

I like most kinds of music, guitar based stuff so, metal, blues country, rock.

Have you been on tour this summer?

Nop.

Do you have a planed tour anytime soon?

We are in some talks, but our luck has been very poor up to this point.

Who came up with the band name?

I did (Wilhelm)

Who writes the songs?

I do (Wilhelm)

Have you released a album or single?

One album “The system of nature”, one ep ” It all fades” and soon one single “Exiting reality”

Are you working on any new songs?

Yes we have more than an albums worth of new songs

Interview link: http://ghgumman.blogg.se/2013/april/interview-med-the-gardnerz.html#comment

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.crossfire-metal.de

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on December 20, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.crossfire-metal.de

By Daniel Müller

On the not very telling name The Gardnerz hears these Death-/Doom metal band from Sweden, founded in 2008 and in 2011 published a complete album. To shorten the waiting time for the next album a bit, they now an EP for a total of six songs contain. And the mixture offered here is really interesting. At first, everything looks like a modern death metal album, but this is not really true. The lead guitar reminiscent desöfteren the last Death album. The fun level is high, but never so overloaded that neglect the Swedes their songs. Quite the contrary! Everything blends in seamlessly and makes for good variety and much headbanger suitable rhythm. In the meantime interspersed passages of doomy dirge reminiscent of My Dying Bride, without copying them but dull. One thing I do not want to go into his head completely out of the ordinary is the fact Darkthrone cover song “Transylvanian Hunger”. And not only on paper! With Darkthrone neither the sound of the band, yet this version also has to do something only partially! “Transylvanian Hunger” was the räudigste stumpfsinnigste and their albums and made sure that in the years to quite a lot of bands have shit on good sound and all have recorded in the rehearsal room with the tape recorder. There are but a very nice acoustic ballad with the same elfin female vocals, which reminds me of the “Calling The Rain” EP of Atrocity with singer Yasmin Krull. Completely different from the rest of this EP, but by the successful surprise definitely a plus! The Gardnerz care in each of the songs included here for positive surprises. I think I need to really listen to the album once, to make me a proper picture of this interesting band.

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

Review link: www.crossfire-metal.de/3008-0-THE-GARDNERZ-IT-ALL-FADES.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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) Interview by www.damned-by-light.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on December 11, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) Interview

by www.damned-by-light.com

By John Wisniewski

Could you tell us about the new album – what were the recording sessions like?

Wilhelm > We recorded the album at three different places, the drums were done at studio Armageddon in Croatia.

Vedran > It’s recorded in Armageddon Studio Osijek, I had a great help from Eldar Ibrahimović-Piper, and I had a great help from Janos Toththe guy from a Artbeat drumstix for sending stix for recording, it’s recorded in 8 hours. It was easy to work with Piper. Everything went okay. And I wasn’t happy with my playing.

Wilhelm > The guitars and bass were done at my home studio, Funky cat studios. I prefer recording like that cause you have all the time you need, I often get very nervous when recording in a studio. The studio reassure isn’t very good for me, so instead of spending money on studio time, I invested in  recording equipment. The guitars were done in a few days, with me engineering myself, I used a Eleven rack guitar preamp hooked up to my sound board. My guitar session went well, the hardest songs were actually the simplest songs, A horrible disease, for some reason I was constantly messing up on that one. But after two days or a lot of swearing I nailed it. The Darkthrone cover was also a bit tricky, mainly because I was making it up as I was recording it. My idea was originally just to make a short cover snippet, but since I liked what I was recording I decided to cover the entire thing, and I’m glad I did. The bass was recorded in two sessions I believe, using a line 6 bass pod pro pre-amp. Not too much to say, things went smoothly and we got a great bass sound.

The vocal sessions were at Ninja studio in Malmö, we did two sessions with a week apart. My main memory is the confusion of using equipment new to me, and trying to get everything to work, since it was not set up the way we needed it to be. So we had to spend a few hours messing around with the equipment to get it to work. Kind of annoying, but the result speaks for itself.

Could you name some of your influences?

Wilhelm > The main idea when starting this band was to infuse doom and death metal, but in a bit more brutal way then what is commonly done. What I had in mind was to create the lovechild of Bolt thrower and Katatonia. But besides that I’m very inspired by Death, Broken hope, Cannibal corpse and Acheron. But I also get inspiration from my fav singer songwriters, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale and John Prine. For example the finger picking pattern in a horrible disease and the main part in Transilvanian hunger is inspired by John Prine, I guess it is a simplified Travis picking pattern. Simple to do but it sounds intricate. Both Bob Dylan and John Prine inspired me to write topical songs.

Could you tell us about the Doom metal scene currently in Sweden? Any bands that you support?

Wilhelm > To be honest I’m not that up to date with it, I do support and listen to my friend in Morito Ergo Sum.

From what I have understood is that the scene is growing, with a lot of bands playing more traditional doom and stoner music. I’m not that into that kind of stuff myself, I’m more into the death/doom and black/ doom smelling things. Here in the south of Sweden where I live, the scene isn’t as vibrant, for any kind of metal. I believe it is better farther north, around Stockholm. But since I’m a few hours away, I don’t keep tabs on it. I’m still listening to my old Katatonia records!

Do you listen to Swedish punk and metal – old school bands?

Wilhelm > Not so much punk, there is a band called Ebba grön, which is a old punk band that has been defunct for many years, but I think almost every Swede under the age of 60 listened to that band at least at some point in their life. And I would strongly recommend checking out the bands main man Joakim Thåström’s solo work. It is more mellow but totally fantastic in my opinion. When we are talking old-school metal I listen mainly to death metal, like Dismember. They are one of my favorite bands, today the retro wave is growing, but I’m sticking to Dismember. I have always listen to more bands from outside of Sweden. Sure we have a lot of really killer bands here, but my favorites for the most parts are none Swedish.

You have been influenced by Bob Dylan and john Prine in your writing – how to do you meld these influences into the framework of doom metal?

Wilhelm > Maybe in the way of the kind of mood I like to have the songs in. And also maybe it has influenced that I like to have a lot of clean parts in the music, but I guess that is nothing new in metal music. I guess that might be more a influence from let say Katatonia. But all music I listen to gets thrown in to the big melting pot that is The Gardnerz. I think out of those three that I mentioned in the earlier question I would say that JJ Cale has been the biggest influence on my song writing. I really like his mellow and laidback style of music.

Are you interested in the occult and in occult writings – do they influence your work?

Wilhelm > No not at all actually. I’m an atheist and materialist (in this sense), I don’t believe in anything like that. Our first album was inspired by the French writer Baron d’ Holbach, and his book the system of nature. Our debut album has the same name. The book is a dissection of religion and pointing out all it’s fallacies and the impossibility of a god.

Where does the name of the band come from?

Wilhelm > It is inspired by the greek pre-socratic philosopher Epicurus, he talked about that everything you need in life to be happy is a garden, good friends and simple food. And I really like the garden symbolism so I wanted to name the band “The Gardeners” but that was taken and a Google search yielded about 9 million hits so, I changed it around a bit and added the z for good measure. Now when you google The Gardnerz, you will almost exclusively get hits about us.

Any live shows planned for the band upcoming – maybe rock festivals?

Wilhelm > Not at this moment, we had a tour booked for September but it fell through, we really would like to do some shows, so if someone wants to book us we are game. We have been talking to a smaller festival in Sweden but I don’t know what happened to it.

Is the doom sound a longing for the rock of the 70’s – Black sabbath, Deep Purple sound etc.?

Wilhelm > Maybe for other people, since a lot of new bands try to emulate those bands. And a lot of fans picks up the new bands. But not for me, don’t get me wrong I love Black Sabbath, but I’m more in to creating slow death metal. I love a lot of the brutal death metal bands but I always wished that they would lay of the blast beats abit, and use slower drumming for the fast and technical riffs. So that is that I’m trying to do. Not always of course, still want to doomy it up a lot aswell. I guess I should have add Black Sabbath as a influence, since when you play doomy shit, they are the grand daddys. But i have no desire to get a ’70s sound. I just want to do dirty raw death doom metal, and what we end up with and what other people think it sounds like, well that is another question.

What lies in the future for you – any “Gardnerz” side projects that you wish to tell us about?

Wilhelm > The main thing I’m doing now besides working is studying Portuguese, that takes up a lot of my time.

Regarding The Gardnerz, we have some stuff up our sleeves , but nothing I wish to unveil just yet. The priority right now is to support then new album in any way we can. Besides that I play in a black metal band called Pandemonium, and we are working on new stuff right now. The other guys have different bands also, Niclas plays in Vandöd, Francisco in Sacramento, Inner Santvm and maybe more I can’t keep track. Our drummer Vedran isn’t playing in anything that I know of.

Interview link: www.damned-by-light.com/articles/102.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