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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 starts recording new Ep

Posted in Abyss Records Artists News with tags , , on February 1, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

The Gardnerz starts recording new Ep.


Swedish deadly doomsters The Gardnerz have started recording their new Ep that follows up their debut album The System of Nature, that was released last year through Abyss Records and Mechanix Records.

Drummer Vedran Benčić recently entered Armageddon studio, Osijek Croatia to lay down his drum tracks for five new death/doom masterpieces. Soon guitarist Wilhelm and bassist Francisco will once again head over to Funky Cat Studio in Landskrona Sweden to lay down their epic tracks. And vocalist Niclas will do his thing at Ninja Studios in Malmö Sweden.

“This time around the songs are a bit slower and darker then on the system of nature, we tried to continue on the path we have chosen. We have found our niche and have no reason to stray , so if you liked our first release you will like this.
This time it was a bit more of a group effort and I think that made the songs stronger.”
-Commented guitarist Wilhelm Lindh.

Here is a clip of Vedran doing his dirty deeds:

The Ep is to be released by Abyss records and have a predicted release of mid 2012.

The line up for the Ep is:

Niclas Ankarbranth – Vocals

Wilhelm Lindh – Guitar

Franciso Martín – Bass

Vedran Benčić – Drums

Head over to www.thegardnerz.com  where you can stream The Gardnerz debut album in its entirety.
or visit http://www.officialabyssrecords.com  for more cracking metal.

For more info on The GARDNERZ and Abyss Records check the links below.

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 (Sweden) “The System of Nature” DIGI CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=11199

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on January 17, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.mariosmetalmania.com

By Dennis van Dommelen

The Gardnerz are a relativealy new band to the scene. “The System of Nature” is their debut album on the American label Abyss records. As time goes by, the quest for the unique in music exponentially grows in futility, and one question is asked: “maybe instead of looking for originality in music we should just appreciate those all they do is the same-old, yet do it awesomely? Or is it me, blabbering again, having absolutely no idea how to open this darn review?”

Anyway, The Gardnerz is just that kind of a band – just as the homophone suggests, “routine” would be the name of the game and an immediate association that rises in all things concerning the album in question – tempo and feel-wise, the premise “The System of Nature” mostly dwells in is a moderate, quasi-gracious and self-important stride (the almost-exclusive use of major scales significantly contributes to that “majestic” feel), with a cue emphasis on basic, melodic musical approach and rather rudimentary thematic resolutions with catchy hooks and harmonies to please your ear, but without grabbing your attention all too much really.

As far as the music goes, though, the most suitable way to describe is that it that the doomy death metal delivers. I’d like to deviate from the common procedure by addressing the sound and production of the album first, since it would be the first thing to captivate your attention upon hearing this album as well – not only it’s highly crisp and clear, you’d be overwhelmed by the ferocity it comes at you from the very get go. Imagine having an enormous frying pan swung at your face, hitting it in several different places simultaneously as it lands – same goes with this album. That it says mastered at the legendary Unisound studio by Dan Swano will clearify this. So in the end The Garnerz aren’t inventing the wheel again but do present an interesting various doom/death metal album.

Rating: 79/100

Review link: www.mariosmetalmania.com/CDDVDreviews.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

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “The System of Nature” DIGI CD review by Teeth of the Divine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on January 16, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.teethofthedivine.com

By E. Thomas

Listen, I’ll readily admit to being one of those shallow, close minded types that judges a book by its cover, or a band by its moniker. And quite frankly a band with the name The Gardenerz wasn’t something I was ready to dive into. It’s the same reason I’ve never listened to Weekend Nachos and only recently discovered Lemming Project. However, as is customary in this business, the start of 2012 sees me revisiting late 2011 releases that impressed me, and despite the name, Sweden’s The Gardenerz have released a pretty interesting debut of doom/death metal.

My initial, gut reaction comparison was mid-era Paradise Lost (Shades of God, Icon, Draconian Times), except The Gardenerz have traditional death/doom growls. The guitar work of Wilhelm Lindh has the somber, but melodic, rending hues akin to Gregor Mackintosh’s work as Paradise Lost transitioned from doom/death to more gothic tones. But with the vocals of Niclas Ankarbranth being far more extreme, The Gardenerz, even with a few more introspective moments, are a much more heavy hitting doom/death act.

Even though the band moniker doesn’t scream death/doom, (unless I’m missing something), the song titles are a little more indicative of the genre as the likes of “The Art of Suffering”, “Your Final Solution”, “The Lady in the Grave” and “Maybe its Time” display, even though the songs never delve into 8-10 minute dirges. Each of the songs are between 4-6 minutes and typically get right to it with plodding riffs, the occasional more up tempo rumble and lots of layers of melancholy, though not completely despondent tones. The Gardenerz aren’t going to open your wrists with dirges of woe or crush you with riffs, and that might be the only slight drawback to The System of Nature. It’s that it never fully commits to either doom or death and with a few injections of acoustics, the band’s overall direction is a bit indecisive. The somber doom element, when done is indeed solid, as heard on “Born to Consume”, the start of “Incident” or elegantly doomy start of “Flaw in the Axiom”, but the band’s slightly herky jerky shifts to more up-beat, almost jazzy or prog moments (“Shift in Thought”, “Confusion”), breaks some of the fluidity of the album.

But on the whole, the album is pretty well done.

The only other slight negative is the slightly tinny production which lessens the impact of some of the more rending, loping moments. It’s a production more suited to power metal or heavy metal, but it certainly gives The Gardenerz a bit of character, which, when mixed with two covers (Vulcano‘s “Bloody Vengeance” and Winter‘s “Servants of the Warsmen”) show The Gardenerz to indeed be more than a run of the mill doom/death band.

Review link: www.teethofthedivine.com/site/reviews/gardnerz-the-the-system-of-nature/

The Gardnerz links:

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thegardnerz

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegardnerz

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/thegardnerz

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/The+Gardnerz

Abyss Records links:

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

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

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

Reverbnation: http://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 Metal Chroniques

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , on December 30, 2011 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Metal Chroniques

By Hamster

The Gardnerz, from Sweden, play Doom Metal, you who come to read this column abandon all hope then. Its founder is not a novice in the genre, Wilhelm has been bassist for the band Tristitia. The System Of Nature was recorded in 2010 in Stockholm and Santiago (Chile including Juan Pablo Donoso was originally the first drummer, and which has done from the boot).

First positive, the sound mastered and mixed by Dan Swanö is spot on. While the Doom heavy and slow, at times bordering on funeral march (as crushing More Or Less), there are, but not only. The melodic guitar arrangements to borrow Heavy metal of yesteryear, the rhythms can be made faster (Your Final Solution). The group also ventured in the field of progressive death metal (Born To Consume), which is reminiscent of Cynic. The Gardnerz explores the atmospheric metal (Confusion), but the coating of a healthy dose of Doom.
As for the singing, the vocals are from beyond the grave and are confined mainly in the register, with some incursions into the Black Metal (Lady In The Grave) and we find the clear vocals on the track “Maybe it’s time”. Some may find not only their account, it says Doom fans should not be affected by these choices. What can be more troublesome, however, is that sometimes it seems that the group wants to cram all its ideas and does not want to choose. This aspect may confuse a bit disjointed, but beyond that, all is well worth the road and throws in ones ear. This is certainly a very successful first attempt.

Note: The GARDNERZ “The System of Nature” was only mastered by Dan Swano, not mixed and mastered.

Rating: 08/10

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

Review link: http://metalchroniques.fr/wp3/2011/chroniques/the-gardnerz-the-system-of-nature/

The Gardnerz links:

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thegardnerz

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegardnerz

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/thegardnerz

Abyss Records links:

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

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

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

Reverbnation: http://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” review by Nocturnal Hall

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , on December 20, 2011 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Nocturnal Hall

By Goddess Sioux

The genre of doomed death metal has seemed to pick up speed over the last few years. Sweden of course shall give to us a supreme band in the form of THE GARDNERZ. You may dismiss the name upon first hearing it, but don’t let it fool you. THE GARDNERZ will amaze you with their gloomy mix of death metal and doom metal on The System Of Nature.

As the album begins with The Art Of Suffering you may think of Katatonia with its slow and somber guitar tones, but then the song cracks open to reveal growling death metal vocals and heavy Swedish leads. All while keeping a mid pace beat, if you can imagine that. The layers of the guitars are a dreamy sound scape of infinite melancholy. As the next song Lady In The Grave comes in we are treated to more elaborate vocals of both growling and black metal type screams, almost like a duel. Backed by intricate guitar leads that seem to mesmerize. As we go on to Shift In Thought the black metal vocals are back and the guitars are howling. Flaw In The Axiom will draw you in within the first few bars of the song, with its sorrowful and distant leads, as the song progresses into an abyss of dwelling, the ambient solo repeats throughout the song like a chorus. You aren’t going to find any fast paced songs or blast beats on this album. However, you aren’t going to find anything lame about it either. THE GARDNERZ know how to keep it heavy and they do it quite well. Think Runemagick, Amorphis and Hypocrisy if you will. There is definitely a Swedish old school sound to the guitars, and they dominate the album to their fullest potential. So many different sounds to them from acoustic to fast and heavy leads, and technically beautiful solos. Having just signed to Abyss records with Dan Swano at the controls, that should tell you right away that THE GARDNERZ are quite worthy, after only having been in existence for two years.

Review link: http://nocturnalhall.com/reviews/T/thegardenerz_nature_e.htm

The Gardnerz links:

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thegardnerz

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegardnerz

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/thegardnerz

Abyss Records links:

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

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

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

Reverbnation: http://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

Abyss Records artists to appear in upcoming issue of Aquelarre magazine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , on December 18, 2011 by Michael McCoy II

Abyss Records artists to appear in upcoming issue of Aquelarre magazine

ENTRENCH (Sweden) “Inevitable Decay” CD

After six years of demos, Entrench released their debut album, “Inevitable Decay”, Pure old school thrash metal to the vein the trio does a great job with killer riffs, hard and fast sound, you won’t be dissapointed with this maniacs, i can notice some influences of destruction and sodom, with a little bit of progressive sound as well, definitely this cd is one of my favorites, it is convincing in all aspects and more important it is a solid proof that Thrash metal is still going strong. A powerful release, Thrash ’til death!!

Entrench links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/entrench

Revebnation: www.reverbnation.com/entrench

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

This release has a lot of potential, great doomy sound with
brutal melodies i have to say, it’s a very original band most of the riffs are quiet nice with death metal vocals, “Confusion” and “Maybe it’s Time” are the best songs of the album along with the cover of the brazilian band Vulcano “Bloody vengeance”, if you like the old my dying bride, katatonia and paradise lost you must have this cd. The only bad thing about this cd is the monotony of the songs, I hope the next release will be more diverse.

The Gardnerz links:

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thegardnerz

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegardnerz

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/thegardnerz

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THOUSAND YEAR WAR (U.S.) “Tyrants and Men” DIGI CD

What a great debut and killer sound, ” Tyrants and Men” sound good from beginning to end. In these days it’s hard to find death metal bands with a lot of melody, well, this release is the true proof of a very professional and insanely technical band. I’ll say nothing bad about Thousand year war, i enjoy every song of it, “Open casket “, “One final breath”, “No gods ,no masters ” are the high points of the album, you’ll find a similar sound to a couple of notorious death metal bands, but you need to find out by yourself. i’ll keep listening this band for a long time, one of the best releases of abyss records no doubt about it. Bright future for this band.

Thousand Year War links:

Official Website: http://thousandyearwar.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tyrantsandmen

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/thousandyearwar

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