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OOPS? I had stored the Hanging Garden sound as somewhat atmospheric-ambient-progressive in the back of my head - but here those guys from Mikkeli, Finland, start right away with a quite powerful Doom-drenched punch... It seems after half of the line up was replaced with Toni Toivonen Vocals, Antti Ruokola Drums and Jussi Kirves Bass, also the musical direction had had a re-adjustment, at least since the beginnings of the band in 2004 and the 2 previous releases. And they changed the label, too...
And I have to admit that I enjoy this re-adjustment in the band, those Doom-driven grooves with a lot of real heavy riffing. On one hand this 90s Gothic-Metal touch with this alternating growl and (male) clean vocals, those keyboard tunes, this massive powerful guitar section. And this melancholy it all fits the band quite well. Surely the more atmospheric, slightly psychedelic sounds are not forgotten, either woven into a net of tight riffing to form a totally catchy song (e.g. Wormwood), or standing on it΄s own as a moment to breathe and contemplate (the CD titletrack) before once again heavier paths are trodden; after a rather sinister song "The Cure". Evenfall features a warm Jon-Lord organ and sounds as if Fields of The Nephilim try out Gothenburg Death.... great, one of my faves.
Summing up: A great album I can only recommend.
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