GARDENIAN has been one of my favourite bands (quite often being my most favoured) for a long time, and only recently have I felt I have absorbed "Soulburner" enough to write an adequate review. GARDENIAN, to me, are one of those "rare gem" bands that have a sound of their own, a uniqueness, that raises them above the hordes of Metal-bands out there. "Soulburner" is an excellent example of this (their latest effort, "Sindustries", while good, does not possess the unique GARDENIAN-sound that I love), although, it seems to me people either worship them as I do or dislike them. This may be attributed to the fact that they have such a unique sound, which is most prominent on "Soulburner", but it is nice to hear something refreshing that does not conform nicely to the musical genres we have created. Granted, they are obviously Melodic Death Metal, but there is just a vibe about them that I do not receive from any other band.
Now, I am prone to exaggeration, but I just have to call this CD incredible work by brilliant songwriters. Unfortunately, this genius seems to only have really sparked once; their first album, "Two Feet Stand", contains some excellent stuff too, but just not to the extent that "Soulburner" does. Every song on the CD worth listening to, be it for an admirable riff (main riff of "Deserted"), an entrancing moment (chorus of "Black Days"), or skillful writing ("Small Electric Space"). I could write and rant forever about how much I love "Soulburner", but I do not feel I could do it justice. A needle of originality in a haystack of generic Metal this is; hard to believe how horribly underrated GARDENIAN are, especially after they have created such an opus of metallic merit. It is times like this I wish I was rich, so I could compensate such talented bands for the lack of recognition and money they receive. What I can do, is urge you to nab this superb offering of aural excellence if you have the chance; GARDENIAN surely deserve it.