|Review: The Gardnerz - The System of Nature|
|The System of Nature|
Label: Abyss Records
Year released: 2010
Review online: August 13, 2011
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
for:The System of Nature
Early 90s Doom/Death Metal comes to life again through this Swedish band with the rather awkward name "The Gardnerz." This crew, which also has South American roots, presents Extreme Doom Metal like the style once played by early 90s bands Paradise Lost, Amorphis and Crematory. The Gardnerz did throw in some little twists in order to provide additional thrill to their material, with mixed results.
The structure of many of the songs on The System of Nature is repetitious almost as if some parts were simply "copy/pasted" from one to another. That is a drag as some of the riffs and melodies are quite nice. Overall the album is a bit boring. Doom Metal, whether with Death vocals or not, can be tired and non-energetic. The Gardnerz play some great melodies to pull themselves out of some those boring moments, but not nearly enough of them. The Vulcano cover is decent but the cover of Winter's "Servants of the Warsmen" is lame an uninteresting.
In contrast to the lows, The System of Nature has some high points. I like the diverse "Flaw in the Axiom" that shows the band creating some real excitement. "Maybe it's Time" is a nice official closer that shapes a new image for the band. The production suits the material well. Other solid recommendations include "More or Less," "The Art of Suffering," a track featuring fine Death-like passages and cool harmonies, "Shift in Thought, and "Lade in Grace."
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