Gardenian – Sindustries

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Reviewed: March 2001
Released: 2000, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 3.7/5
Reviewer: El Cid

In their past release, Soulburner, Gardenian decided to throw in Eric Hawk’s vocals in some tracks… this was kind of a turn off for guttural vox fans like myself. Sindustries still surprises you with some clean vocals now and then, but the use has been reduced to sporadic choruses(Doom and gloom)and 2 tracks (heartless and Sindustries).

The album opens with an acoustic passage, Sindustries quickly throws the listener into a Gothenburg sound ambiance supported by great drumming and some nice riffs. The album features A LOT of catchy choruses that might get you under the impression you’re actually listening to some evolved form of Dark Tranquillity (since they feature both guttural and clean vocal work blended together) but the result comes out great. Even though the lyrics have some immensely smelly pieces of cheese thrown in here and there (IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam heeeeeeeeeeeeereeeeeeee for yooooouuuuuuuuuu) they are quite interesting and tight.

To sum it up, This album is a nice listen and will probably make it into your collection if you give it time to grow on you, but BEWARE of the Gothenburg cloning mishaps, not every band can be Dark Tranquillity or At the Gates. Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed by this CD.


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