MetalBite Review by Tobias on 2/19/2001
is the album that introduced me to Gardenian
. I have to say that is a rare moment that I hear a band for the first time and the first 20 seconds has me bouncing my head to the beat; Gardenian
managed to achieve exactly that. In fact, I had to listen to the album about 5 times in two days before writing the review because I think the music is that damn good!
Some might compare these guys to Fear Factory
(without all the techno remix stuff), but Iíd say these guys are a good head and shoulders above Fear Factory
, formed by ex-In Flames
guitarist Niclas Engelin, has all the inclinations of a masterpiece metalwork wrought by experience and well-honed talent.
Jim Kjellís roar is fantastically ballsy, shoving a monster-wall of testosterone in your face. The adversely clean vocals take an amazing powerhouse anthem-like tone, especially on tracks like Heartless
(that oneís a jean creamer!).
One of my favís on the album is Sonic Death Monkey
. Granted, Iím biased toward anything that has the word ďmonkeyĒ in the title, but this is just a bad-ass teeth gnashing war-horse, reminiscent of Killing Joke
ís sci-fi muscle sound.
Bottom Line: Gardenian
has sharpened a new edge on the blade of melodic death metal and it is freakiní kung-fu! Címon, be MANLY and buy this album!
(I almost put my head through a wall not giving this a 9
, but I reserve those for Pure-Genious-Works like Vulgar Display of Power
, and I think Gardenian
has one of those coming up next)