Memory Garden
Style: Doom Metal
Release date: February 2nd 2009

This record originally released in 1996 and it is HEAVILY underevalued. The record has been sold out for many years so it is a good thing that Vic Records has decided to re-issue it. The entire album has been remastered by Mike Wead and the record company added 3 bonus tracks. Although it is more than 12 years ago, this release would not have be unbecoming today.

The dramatic doom inspired by Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus is still a pleasure to listen to. You can't really compare this record with their latest 'Carnage Carnival'. That record is much faster, more leaning towards power metal. No, this music is much slower and sad. Singer Stefan Berglund has the perfect voice for this style of music, singing sometimes high, then low, sometimes towards wining (I mean this in a positive way) and often very dramatic and melodic. The howling and sad drooling guitars give the songs the drama and melancholy real doom should have.

All songs are good, but "Trapped at the Pharaoh", "Judgement Day" and "The Innocent Sleep" make the most impressions to me. Especially the last one is a real sad, doomy melancholy, yet melodic song, just listen to Stefan's vocals and the tears are flowing. In some songs the tempo goes up, but still the songs keep that rather sad and doomy atmosphere.

All doom fans who think that only Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus have something to offer, should also buy this record. Memory Garden on the same level!

01. Genesis
02. Dream Horizons
03. The Rhyme of the Elder
04. Trapped at the Pharaoes
05. Judgement Day
06. The Innocent Sleep
07. A New Dawn
08. Blissfull
09. Rhyme of the Elder (demo version)
10. Genesis (rehearsal recording)
11. A Dark Embrace (demo version)
Label: Vic Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: May 19th 2009
Website: Memory Garden @ MySpace