Archive for doom metal bands

DISEIM (Latvia) “Holy Wrath” CD review by Rock Music Critic

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on March 16, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DISEIM (Latvia) “Holy Wrath” CD review

by Rock Music Critic

By George Washburn

“Holy Wrath” appears to be the first album from Latvian death metal band Diseim. I make a lot of (often bad) judgments about albums based on the album cover before ever listening to a note, and in this case I was expecting something mediocre and poorly produced. Well, you know with that kind of lead-in that when I gave the album a listen that is not what I heard.

The production on “Holy Wrath” is not really all that spectacular; it definitely sounds like they were on a budget. But they seem to have made the best of what they had available, because the music is fairly stripped down and tight sounding making this a diamond in the rough. The vocals are harsh but are seated above and a bit apart from the music, and while they are harsh, they also have a subdued quality that gels really well with the music. The album falls mostly under death metal, but there is a heavy, ponderous aspect that leaves the door open for appending them with the doom tag.

Chalk this one up as the surprise of the day. I really enjoyed this album.

Review link: http://rockmusiccritic.com/Musicity/Reviews/


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:

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

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

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

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

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

by www.lordsofmetal.nl

By Pim B.

Last year I reviewed the album ‘The System Of Nature’ by Sweden’s The Gardnerz. A few months after that self-financed released the album was reissued by Abyss Records. This edition also contained two extra covers. The band now returns with a six-song MCD that also has a cover on it. Musically this is doomy death metal by a band that sounds fairly original. You can’t compare The Gardnerz to any other band that easily and that’s quite an accomplishment. Especially the guitar parts are tasteful and the production is very good too. Highlight however is the cover of DarkThrone’s ‘Transilvanian Hunger’. The Gardnerz totally pulled this song apart. It basically turned in to a version with finger picked guitars and vocals by guest singer Paulina Stihavka, who you can also hear on the song ‘It All Fades’. Just this cover justifies listening to this release.

Rating: 78/100

Review link: www.lordsofmetal.nl/showreview.php?id=22851&lang=en

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 Music Stage

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

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

by Music Stage

By Christopher Holmstrom

The most exciting Gardnerz The new EP is to find out if they manage to keep the same high standard as the debut album, The System of Nature. After listening through It All Fades, I think you can not really come up to the high standard that it was in his debut, but it comes very close. It’s a good album and I think it cements their position as one of Sweden’s most exciting death / doom acts. The disc is straight through nicely made, heavy with a low, brutal pace and with a variation that makes it all the time is captivating.

The opening song, Dont Look Back, is in my opinion the best plate, it is wonderfully varied without ever losing the thread, they get really confused mixture of doom and death in a brilliant way. The song’s heavy riffs and beautiful melodies together with Niclas Ankarbranths awfully good and heavy growl makes it actually quite stunning, one of my favorite songs right now.

It is followed by the slower and heavier A Horrible Disease which is a good continuation of the successful stick with the same concept as the previous song without being too similar. It is also based on the really good riffs, good growl and tight drums of Vedran Benčić. What really strikes me is that The Gardnerz manages to do so very stylish transitions between the different parts of the song, even though it contains very large variations so drained never fluency when transported back and forth between heavy riffs, beautiful melodies, and the unadorned brutality.

Although I really am a bit allergic to cover songs, I have to say that the band manage to make a gruesomely good version of Dark Thrones Tran Silva Nian Hunger, the biggest reason for this is probably that the arrangement is so different from the original. Paulina Strihavkas voice is simply stunning and fits wonderfully together with the atmosphere and the slightly melancholic melodies. However, I think that the song feels a bit like filler, in such a short disc so I would rather hear The Gardnerz run full all the way. The song would probably be better suited to a full-length album, and then been a more welcome feature.

Then we again thrown into heavy death / doom, it’s time for the title track, It All Fades. I really can not help but enjoy the Wilhelm Lindh amazing riffs and Francisco Martín heavy basslines. This is an unbelievably good song that has a great balance between the instruments and the vocals, where everything has its place without any dominating. Growlen continues to be stable and the interactions that become with Paulina Strihavkas languorous voice is wonderful. The only thing I can feel is that I miss a bit more variety through the track.

After the title track, it feels like the listener get a decent dose of classic doom, flirting with death metal decreases and this is really low tempo, heavy and brutal. The interplay between the music and growlen feels crazy stable and they get it together in a nice way.

Conclusion on the plate, Erasing bad specimen, connects sac in an excellent manner, the brutal and heavy riffs continue to feed the listener while Ankarbranths singing is first-rate. The melodies keeps me on edge through the whole song and you can never relax. Here we also really great variety without becoming cluttered and hard.

In summary, one can say that it is a crazy good album, perhaps one of the year’s best, that keeps me on my toes throughout. It is an album full of variety that has a good mix of doom and death, it never gets boring but it is never too much, but the various bits and the tracks blend together incredibly well. I am impressed by how well they manage to combine the different elements of vocals, growls, heavy riffs and melodious tunes. The fantastic drums and the brilliant muffled base connects music and success is a fact. It is simply a really good album that should not be missed.

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

Review link: http://musicstage.se/recensioner/skivor/6698-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 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

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , on December 16, 2011 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Battle Helm

By Anders Ekdahl

You can always argue who was first. Was it Black Sabbath, Pentagram or any other band that defined what is now classic doom metal? In doing so you can not overlook the impact Candlemass’ debut album “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” had on what is now considered archetypal doom metal. Without that album we would not have seen so many great doom metal bands surface. Sweden’s The Gardenerz are doom metal a whole different way. They take more from the My Dying Bride school of doom. This is harsh, bleak and pitch black. This is stuff to enjoy the end of the world to. I’ve always liked the doom’n’gloom of My Dying Bride. Everything that even resembles MDB gets my undivided interest. And this is up there right at the top of great stuff. This is death’n’doom’n’gloom and everything in between that you can think of.

Review link: http://battlehelm.com/?p=2471

The Gardnerz links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/thegardnerz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegardnerz

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/thegardnerz

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