Sunday, May 5, 2013

THE GARDNERZ: “It All Fades” Full Album Stream

After the release of the debut the response of the metal community was very positive and the followers of the band started to grow. This of course was an extra boost to keep the band in the right direction and the THE GARDNERZ started working on new material to unleash their tremendous metal.

In 2011 a new drummer, Vedran Benčić, was recruited, and just after a few months of rehearsing the new songs the band decided to record a mini album. . The recording started in early 2012 and yielded the "It All Fades" mini album containing six doom and death filed tracks. Drums were recorded at Armageddon StudioOsijek, Croatia. Guitars and bass at Funky Cat Studio in Landskrona, Sweden. Vocals at Ninja Studios in Malmö, Sweden. Mixed and Mastered by Cristian Rodríguez Lunecke at 15Hz Studio Santiago, Chile.

The sound of the band hasn´t suffered many alterations with the mini album and somehow the idea of constructing a 36 minutes EP was clever because it brought a simple and small but amazing work with superb songs and in particular one of my favorite covers of Darkthrone´s “Transsilvanian Hunger” to which they gave a special and unique touch, turning this song into a folky, beautiful and melancholic ballad with the orgasmic voice of Paulina Strihavka. Definitely I cannot think of any better tribute to Norwegian black metal than this spectacular cover and THE GARDNERZ really nailed it.

They remained in the dommy death metal scene reminding sometimes of My Dying Bride but with their own sound and with compositions that evolved with a stronger character with catchier and heavier songs and a much savory progression with all the instruments in harmony. This time around the atmosphere was much more intense and being easier to capture the feelings that “It All Fades” transpires. At technical level they have shown that simplicity can also become complex with the use of simple doom phrases intercalated with clean melodies and a more technical death metal that not even once during the mini album gets boring. This was due primarily due to the maturation of the strings compositions that were outstanding with really dommy lines changing to catchy death metal lines especially in the song “Don´t look back”.

The vocals are also a strong reference in this album, they didn´t stick with huge and intense growls, instead they use a vast spectrum of styles singing with roaring intensity, clean vocals, and a more thrash type of singing (loud and clear with harshness) and as I said before there is also a strong guest vocalist, the inspiring voice of Paulina that gives a beautiful texture to the cover.

It All Fades” has shown that after all there was still plenty to hear and to headbang to…

THE GARDNERZ cultivated their sound with brilliance and I just really hope they continue to do works like this or even better. Hail to THE GARDNERZ!

Cover by Daniel "Devilish" Johnsson  

Don't Look Back
A Horrible Disease
Transilvanian Hunger (Darkthrone Cover)
It All Fades      
Erasing Bad Specimen

The band recorded two new songs, Exiting Reality prt 1 and prt 2 for a single with the same name.  This single will be released by Abyss Records in the 2013 summer as a 7 inch single. Guitars and bass was recorded at: Funky Cat studios. Drums were recorded at: Armageddon studio. Vocals were recorded at: Natas sinep. The single was mixed and mastered by Cristian Rodríguez Lunecke at 15Hz Studio.

Cover art done by Maggot master 

Summary of a review about the band, full review can be read here by Pedro Ribeiro.

The Gardnerz` Wilhelm Lindh Interviewed; Exiting Reality Cover Art Revealed can be read here.

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