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GARDEN OF SHADOWS are a progressive metal band hailing from Maryland, United States, originally formed in 1995 under the name Funeral Opera. The band cycled through a number of drummers and bassists before having a stable-enough lineup to record their debut demo Heart of the Corona, which was eventually fleshed out into a full-length album in 1998. They followed up with their sophomore effort Oracle Moon. The band is currently split up.

GARDEN OF SHADOWS play an interesting fusion of melodic death metal and ambient music that is very well integrated into a fusion style. While not overly flashy or technically showy, the band does do an excellent job building strong atmosphere over fairly traditional melodeath and doom metal. Influences can be heard from bands such as IN FLAMES, MY DYING BRIDE, MOONSPELL, and SAMAEL.

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Heart of the Corona
2.18 | 2 ratings
Oracle Moon

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 Oracle Moon by GARDEN OF SHADOWS album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.18 | 2 ratings

Oracle Moon
Garden of Shadows Experimental/Post Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars The second & final album by this death/doom band.

The same formula as from their debut ablum is followed also on this album. An album released by the big record label Earache. Something that guaranteed good distro.

It seems like the Finnish scene has held a fascination for this band. This album is pretty close to both Amorphis (pre 1996) and Swallow The Sun's brand of death doom. There are some Finnish folk music over their sound too.... But I guess this band is from USA.

The music is pretty OK here. I am not particular impressed. There is no real good songs here. But the sound is OK. But for those into twe two above mentioned bands, this is a good album. I am not bothered.

2 stars

 Heart of the Corona by GARDEN OF SHADOWS album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.00 | 1 ratings

Heart of the Corona
Garden of Shadows Experimental/Post Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

— First review of this album —
2 stars Atmospheric Death Metal is what this Mexican record label try to tell us Garden Of Shadows do. Well, Doom Metal is a more fitting label on Garden Of Shadows music. And they do damn good Doom Metal too. The vocals & guitars are brutal and the music is epic & melodic. The overall quality on the material on their album is very good. This is a CD well worth checking out if you are into brutal & epic Doom Metal. On reflection; maybe this album is an Atmospheric Death Metal album after all ? Sorry, guys? 3/6

So far my review from 1998. Thirteen years later, and after given this album (promo copy from their record label) some more spins, I was pretty much spot on. In 2011, I would add that this album sounds like Swallow The Sun's two first albums. That means doom metal with death/ black metal growls and not much progressive music at all. None, to be honest. Even the synths here sounds a bit forlorn. The music is decent, but nothing more. But it has some good melody lines here and there. This album most of all sounds dated and from another decade. Two decades to be more precise. Sorry.

2 stars

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