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Memory Garden - Mirage (8,5/10) - Sweden - 2000

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 43:00
Band homepage: Memory Garden

Tracklist:

  1. Prologue
  2. A Long Grey Day
  3. Hallowed Soil
  4. Shade
  5. Navigate
  6. Revelation
  7. Yearning
  8. River Of Sludge
  9. My Pain
  10. The Search
Memory Garden - Mirage
After the quite complex "Verdict Of Posterity" the Swedish quintet of MEMORY GARDEN has gone back into the direction of their debut "Tides", sounding more accessible again, but without repeating that album. They rather offer a mixture between the doomy catchiness of the first and the complexity of the second album, as showcased in the opening "A Long Grey Day". "Hallowed Soil" is a representative of the newly-found Power Doom, just like "Navigate", while the riff-monster "Revelation" could just as well have stood on "Tides", heavy riffs with double-bass-underlaid double-bass and a doomy chorus, borne by Stefan Berglund's extraordinary voice, which once more shows him in the fore-front of his guild. So who is searching for the missing link between the oft-cited CANDLEMASS and SOLITUDE AETURNUS on the one side and more demanding and complex song-structures in combination with an extraordinarily good voice, is completely right with MEMORY GARDEN, because the Doom is enriched with faster passages, thus eliminating the stamp of pure melancholy. And additionally the cover is crowned by an awesome cover of Master Whlin, which alone almost would be worth the money for the CD...

Alexander Melzer



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