Power of Metal.dk Review

Memory Garden
Style: Power(doom) Metal
Release date: 15 April, 2013
Playing time: 44:07

Their last album 'Carnage Carnival' was written to pieces on this site by my ex-colleague Schjönning. I never doubt someone's view or personal taste, but that album didn't deserve such a bad rating. Actually, I like the album and if you are into old school heavy (power) metal with doom influences it is a very good album!"

This new album 'Doomain' is in the same style and indeed it is too fast to be called doom, but Candlemass has faster songs too. The band has two new members; a bass player and a rhythm guitarist, but the other members are the key players. The powerful voice of Stefan Berglund takes the band to a higher level. Add the very tight and steady drums of Tom Björn and the melodic guitars of Simon Johansson to it and a good album is born. If you have to describe the music you can say that Memory Garden are a faster version of Candlemass or Solitude Aeturnus. The songs vary enough in tempo not to become boring and the doomy riffs give it the right crunch. On the track "Barrens Lands" we hear some raw singing of producer Dan Swano, while a child choir passes by in "Violate & Create".

This their fifth album has the same positive influence on me like their 'Mirage' album, fans of their earlier work can buy this without hesitating.

01. The Evangelist
02. Latent Lunacy
03. Daughters of the Sea
04. Barren Lands
05. Violate & Create
06. Doomain
07. The King of the Dead
08. A Diabolical Mind
09. Misfortune
Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 12 April, 2013
Website: www.memorygarden.net