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Memory Garden - "1349" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Memory Garden "1349"
Δισκογραφική επιστροφή μετά από οκτώ (και πλέον) χρόνια για τους (θεούς) Memory Garden. Ο διάδοχος του album "Doomain" (Απρίλιος 2013) και έκτος συνολικά "ολοκληρωμένος" δίσκος των Σουηδών power doom metallers φέρει τον τίτλο "1349" κι έχει προγραμματισθεί να κυκλοφορήσει στα μέσα του τελευταίου μήνα του έτους...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Memory Garden's sixth studio album "1349" is set for release on December 17th, 2021. The album is mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö and the artwork is created once again by the mighty Hjules Illustration and Design (Destruction, Grave Digger, Annihilator, Stratovarius).

Guest artists such as Niklas Stålvind (Wolf), Josefin Bäck (the original voice of "Marion" from the first demo in 1993!) and Göran "Freddy" Fredrikson (medieval instruments) contribute to this album, that will offer a sufficient dose of Swedish powerdoom-metal.

"1349" is a conceptual album and the storyline covers both fact and fiction, taking place during the pandemic years of the black plague. "Stefan and I were talking about how the new songs were coming together nicely, and he told me he really wanted the album to carry a concept", states drummer Tom Björn.

"We started contemplating different themes that could fit our music, and we both got hooked on the black plague. A very dark and tragic period of history... We drew some guidelines, or a few key words for the concept, and after that I developed the story incorporating a few facts with the fictive elements. It's not a linear timeline throughout the album, but a few songs are connected by the same character and happen in the correct order. Some things have to be read between the lines though".

"Unrestrained was initially meant to be on the album as well, but somewhere during the process we felt it wouldn't fit in", says Tom Björn. "It ended up as a nice bonus instead, without any relevance to the album lyrics wise and the topic here is of a more philosophical nature". As for the previously unreleased demo tracks, Tom adds: "The demos were recorded in studio Bunker in Kumla 1993 sometime, with the original line-up. We don't know why none of these songs ever made it to an album, they were just forgotten about".

But they will definitely add a historical value for the fans of Memory Garden. Memory Garden were formed in 1992 in Sweden, recording demo and EP releases (including "Forever", one of the finest EPs in metal history) until 1996 where their debut full-length album "Tides" shocked the Doom Metal world.

A technical, crushing and powerful album that paved the way for the future, with Memory Garden joining Metal Blade Records releasing the albums "Verdict of Posterity" (1998) and "Mirage" (2000). At that point, Memory Garden were already hailed as one of the leading forces of the Power/Doom Metal field.

And while time and tide wait for no man, they kept the course releasing "Carnage Carnival" (2008) and "Doomain" (2013). Eight years later, Swedish powerdoom-metal is ready to strike again with a new album that will shock the scene.»

Band: Memory Garden
Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Kumla, Örebro
Formed in: 1992
Genre: Power/Doom Metal
Lyrical themes: Death, Depression, Doom
Years active: 1992-present

Video: "1349"
Created by: Heavy Groove Media
Album: "1349"
Type: Full length
Release date: December 17th, 2021
Label: No Remorse Records
Format: CD, CD (Limited edition digipak), 2 vinyls, Digital

Track listing:
01. Shallow Waters
02. Pariah
03. Distrust
04. Rivers Run Black
05. The Flagellants
06. The Messenger
07. The Empiric
08. 1349
09. Blood Moon

Vinyl records and limited digipak include the bonus tracks:
10. Unrestrained
11. Heart Of The Dark (Demo 1993)
12. Legions Of The Lost (Demo 1993)
13. Up From The Ashes (Demo 1993)

Band members:
Stefan Berglund - Vocals, backing vocals
Tom Björn - Drums, piano, backing vocals
Simon Johansson - Lead guitar
Johan Wängdahl - Bass, backing vocals
Andreas Mäkelä - Guitars (rhythm, melodic and acoustic), Backing vocals

Guest/Session:
Josefin Bäck - Vocals
Niklas Stålvind - Unknown
Göran "Freddy" Fredriksson - Medieval instruments

Miscellaneous staff:
Gyula Havancsák - Artwork
Dan Swanö - Mixing, Mastering

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