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Review: Garden - Garden

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 27:25
Tracks: 3
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: February 2, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

Wow, I wasn't expecting this. When I see a band being billed as progressive/symphonic metal, one of the last things I expect to hear is basically jazz-influenced progressive rock/metal which is what I found here on the debut release from Scotland's Garden.

For those interested, expect all manner of saxophones, pianos, clarinets, violins, flutes and of course the usual guitars, drums and bass. I like the idea as the sound has a convincing 70s progressive rock feel built upon a more contemporary progressive metal backbone. All the musicians who recorded here are clearly talented as well, with some of the piano and saxophone work standing out as particularly good. Sadly the recording itself isn't great. I can understand that this is a young band and doubly understand how difficult it can be to get a good recording, but I've found this element to be what lets Garden down. The more tranquil moments sound very good, but when everything gels together things can get a little fuzzy and confusing.

On the whole I think this is enjoyable enough, and the band are definitely creative although I think the style is maybe a little too specialized and can't imagine those outside of the prog circles finding much to enjoy. Couple this with the aforementioned recording issues and it makes it harder to give this one a recommendation. Curious prog fans should definitely give this a look though.

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