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Gardenian - Two Feet Stand (7,5/10) - Sweden - 1997

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Listenable Records
Playing time: 37:44
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  1. Two Feet Stand
  2. Flipside Of Reality
  3. The Downfall
  4. Awake Of Abuse
  5. Netherworld (instr.)
  6. Do Me Now
  7. Murder
  8. Mindless Domination
  9. The Silent Fall (instr.)
Gardenian - Two Feet Stand
Not being at all impressed with GARDENIAN's current direction, I still think their first effort "Two Feet Stand" is one of the more infectious Melodic Death-albums I own. This is just great listening all the way through, with melodies that stick in your head for weeks!

The opening title track is, rhythmically, very AT THE GATES-y, with its fast tempo that switches to half-time and back again. It's much more mellifluous and, dare I say, "happy" sounding in the melody-department though. Both instrumentals are quite gay, but not GAY-gay, the other kind of gay, though some people might call them the homo-form of gay, and not without good reason, because "The Silent Fall" is a bit too gay, in BOTH ways, for my tastes. OK, enough...

Standouts are the title-track, "Flipside Of Reality", instrumental "Netherworld" (yeah, I like some slightly ga...uhhh I mean "happy"-sounding stuff, too), "Freedom", and especially "Mindless Domination", which is as memorable as it gets. I recommend this album only to the avid Melodic Death-ers of the globe. If you need to be saturated in darkness, search elsewhere. If you like stuff that's brutal, yet equally hummable, this has your name on it...

Gabriel Gose

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