|Review: Memory Garden - Doomain|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: June 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
So this is the fifth album from the Swedes Memory Garden who blend a style of heavy/power metal with doom metal, reminding me in places of acts such as Candlemass and particularly Memento Mori. Whilst this is my first taste of the band, I can certainly say I'm impressed with Doomain, particularly in the talents of vocalist Stefan Berglund as well as guitarists Simon Johansson and Ante Mäkelä. In saying that though, these talents wouldn't shine half as bright if it wasn't for the ace songwriting.
Whilst straightforward enough, each of the tracks here hit their mark, with solid riffing and enough variation in the rhythms to entice those outside of the doom circles. I will say that this is a little too melodic and up-tempo for pure doomsters, although what they might sacrifice in pure doom, they make up for in crossover appeal. Overall this is a release well worth your time and checking out.
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