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Garden of Eyes - Boomhammer

Garden of Eyes
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 14 July 2021, 12:54 PM

Today, there’s a new tendency happening: many consolidated bands are releasing singles of 3-4 tracks EPs, or just single videos. The main reason behind such thing can be the piracy of the illegal downloads and the lack of input of money on the bands, because as long as physical releases (CD or vinyl) aren’t selling as they used in the past, the bands have to play many more. An example: if a band as, let’s say, MAYHEM, had to play 20-30 gigs/year to earn enough money to make a living for the members, today they must play 100-150 gigs to it. So as they have to play more shows, they’ll spend less time on the studio. But singles are hard to be reviewed, as long as there aren’t enough songs to create a set of ideas. So if the words of this review of “Boomhammer” don’t make justice for what GARDEN OF EYES is up to, maybe on the next time it could be clear.

This English one man band shows a musical work that is based on an Old form of Death Metal similar in some points to Swedish Death Metal from the 90’s (due the jigsaw sound of the riffs and the evident Hardcore influences), but with elements from British Death Metal as well. Of course, two songs aren’t enough for a better canonization of what is shown, but Nattskog must sharp his songs in a better way next time, because it’s so raw and putrid that some ideas that could be used on a better way are lost. The main problem resides in the sound quality. Once again: to sound filthy and crude doesn’t mean to have a massive sound that’s fuzzy and can confound the listeners. The guitars are so low, the drums sounding higher than the right point. It’s hard to understand what is expressed.

On “Boomhammer” (a fast song with some slow moments, where the Thrash Metal and Hardcore influences of Death Metal are clearly heard, with the grunts contrasting with some shrieks) and “Saw Cleaver” (a slow approach guides the song with nasty guitar riffs, but where the sonority really prejudices the comprehension of what is being expressed) are show some good points, but that must be worked on a better way in the future. To be simple doesn’t mean to be gross. The band’s music really can become good in the future, but some evolution, a better work on the musical arrangements, and especially a good sonority can improve things for GARDEN OF EYES. But “Boomhammer” is just a good set of ideas that went wrong…

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 4
Production: 2

2 Star Rating

1. Boomhammer
2. Saw Cleaver
Nattskog - Vocals, All Instruments
Record Label: Ancient Entity Records


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