I received this tape in the mail, it was sent by Mary who happens to be the guitarist and vocalist of this great band. I was mesmerized by their music, a touch of doomish/atmospheric death metal. They have a hint of the musical style of the more famous Greek metal bands. The beautiful blue and black cover, I must admit, caught my attention. Instead of a review I will tell you a little about this band and follow up with an interview with Mary.
Their sound is brutal yet melodic, this is an interesting contrast they use the keyboards to create a harmonious atmosphere, excellent pulverizing drums, and the growling of a wild half-human vocals that is known to the death metal scene. Mary adds ethereal female vocals and all these elements make up this wonderful band. They are from Maryland (Gaithersburg) and have played live with MY DYING BRIDE.
The band formed in the beginning of 1995 after Funeral Opera broke up and they found Mary who was the ex- guitarist of a band named Biovore. The demo I speak of is called HEART OF THE CORONA.
"At a time when death metal bands have abandoned their style, GARDEN OF SHADOWS refuses to compromise.":
The members of GARDEN OF SHADOWS are:
Brian-guitar/bass, Mary-guitar/vocals, Scott-keyboards, Chad-vocals and Bret-drums.
And with this let us enter the mind of this emotional realm of darkness.