Last Updated on 10:24 PM by Giorgos Tsekas
Memory Garden was back in the day Sweden’s best kept secret. In the mid 90’s the Scandinavian country was the land of innovation, the land of inspiration and all sub genres of extreme music had found their Garden of Eden. Memory Garden (named as you may assume right by a Trouble song) was a new band that continued the legacy of great Doom bands that Sweden had born; Candlemass, Sorcerer, Count Raven and Mercy just to name a few but wisely tried a different approach on their sound. Actually we are dealing with a mixture of Traditional Doom with elements of progressive/technical (structure/rhythm and Power (vocals).Probably “Tides” isn’t their most characteristic album as it is rough and raw. Later they will refine their songs without losing any energy or power. Still they will add more melody and power metal elements that they marry with the traditional guitars and sharp riffs they always had the privilege to provide us. Back on “Tides”, the voice of Stefan Berglund is dominating the album. A voice so talented, so warm, powerful, shining and clean. Musically speaking the Doom parts aren’t narrow minded strictly Sabbath and Candlemass oriented and while the guitars are heavy and sometimes epic they are also influenced by Morgana Lefay, another band that 30 years ago was also promising for big stuff. The guitars have equal parts of chugging and weeping ones as the melody helps in creating a mournful environment. The drumming by Tom Björn is another highlight as without exaggerating, he shows some excellent skills. Lyrically speaking the band is dark and doom as it should be a band from the underground in its early steps. The album starts with a kick off and as the “Genesis” song’s crushing riffs blow your speakers you know something great has been born here. Ok, some would claim that a few ideas are predictable or dated but the songs that “Tides” is featuring still sound fresh and vivid. So we should have in mind that more than 25 years since its original release the album sounds rather modern than nostalgic and despite the fact that we can’t name the album an ultra-classic (of course their fans have this right…) still it has its moments that make it interesting and a indivisible part of their glorious career. A nice effort that many have flourished it with nostalgia but damn songs like “The Rhyme of the Elder”, “Trapped at the Pharaoes” and “The Innocent Sleep” are definitely killers!!!