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Verdict of Posterity
Released: 1998, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
When it comes to doom metal, no one can top Solitude Aeturnus and Memory Garden! Dedicated Metal Rules web site visitors should have already heard of Memory Garden. If you haven’t, then get those damn fingers clicking on that mouse and browse through this site!!! Memory Garden hails from Sweden. They’ve so far released two very hard to find 7-inch’s (Blessed are the Dead and a Christmas EP), an EP entitled Forever, and their debut album Tides, the latter two of which were released by Heathendoom Records in Sweden. Their music is heavy as hell, melodic, progressive doom metal with heavenly vocals. And for a band that’s pretty unknown, their albums sound fucking unbelievable! Tides is a must-have for any person that claims to be Metal...it is just amazing!
Now on to more recent things: Verdict of Posterity, the second opus! Well Memory Garden have changed to Metal Blade Records, but have not changed their style! Hopefully Metal Blade promotes this album well because it totally shreds! Another doom masterpiece! All the elements that comprise a killer album are present: heavy guitars, beautiful melodies, majestic vocals, great lyrics, well written songs, great sound, and fantastic artwork and booklet. Once again artist Kristian Wahlin makes another contribution to the world of metal with a spectacular album cover. If you like Memory Garden’s previous material, do not hesitate to get this album, as you will not be disappointed. Although I must say this: for some reason the vocals didn’t come out as strong in the mix as they probably should have.
Do not overlook this album! Although they didn’t top Tides, it comes pretty close. This is one of the top ten albums of 1998/1999!
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