Garden Of
Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: November 20th 2009

Garden Of from Norway is a fairly new band, and it shows. You have to learn how to crawl before you can walk, and they have only just started - in 2008 - so I wasn't expecting a flawless debut album from them. And it's not...

There is nothing wrong with the technical aspect of things, and the execution is adequate, where they really are lacking is in the song writing, production and singing departments. More work is needed in all those areas. Biggest setback in my opinion is Řyvind Hokstad's vocals, which is very uneven and he lacks range and stamina, but it can all be corrected. And I hope they use this beginning as a learning process because their 70's influenced progressive rock shows promise.

A decent start, and the band does surely possess potential, now they need to go back in the rehearsing room and work on their material, grow stronger and tighter.


01.The Return
02. Equals
03. Up & Out
04. The Searcher
 I. Rebel
 II. Reflections & Judgement
 III. No Hope

Label: Sidehorn Records
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: January 5th 2010
Website: Garden of @ MySpace