|Review: Gardens Of Gehenna - Mechanism Masochism|
Label: Grau Records
Year released: 2003
Review online: February 20, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
This is apparently the third release from this band, a German bunch who have been mixing industrial sounds with more extreme metal since at least 1998. Now I am normally not a fan of Industrial, or of Doomdeath, which is why it is surprising that I like this album.
For one, the Industrial sounds here are pretty minimal. They use a drum machine and loops quite a bit, and some key sounds, but that's about it. And while GoG do play slow, they don't play insufferably slllllloooooowwwwww like some other bands I could name and wish would just die. "The Downfall Of Jezira" is a perfectly good example of what this band is about: sweeping arrangements, doomy but cool riffs, a drum machine, and decent growling vox courtesy of a chick (though you would never guess it). They do keep things interesting with some clean vocals here and there, as well as some more orchestrated bits. The whole comes off sounding a good bit like Runemagick, with a little bit of Godflesh thrown in – just a tiny bit.
So I wasn't too optimistic when this band was described to me, but as always, you have to actually hear a band before you judge. Gardens Of Gehenna (That's a cool name by the by) have taken elements from two subgenres I generally dislike and produced a very cool album of solidly written and well-played metal. Any fan of the doomier Death Metal bands out there will likely find this is just their sort of thing. Recommended.
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