Verdict of Posterity (Metal Blade Records)
By: Jeb Branin
MEMORY GARDEN take the finesse of the most contemporary progressive power metal and incorporate it into a sound that is heavily influenced by such classic doom bands as CANDLEMASS. Although the marriage is not as stunning as it could be, they make it work more times than not. Their heaviest tunes like "The Sum Of All Fear" and "Wastelands Foretold" work the best because the doom influences are the more dominant of the partners in this marriage of genres. When the band get more progressive or subdued they lose some of their effectiveness, unless it is an embellishment within a heavier tune. Both songs named above are evidence of that as well. It is also worthy of note that the slower the band plays the more devastating their sound becomes. Again it is their mastery of doom coming into play. Hailing from Sweden MEMORY GARDEN must have let some of the splendorous yet forsaken natural beauty of their homeland influence their music.
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