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Memory Garden

Memory Garden
Hometown: Kumla, Sweden Current Label: Metal Blade Records Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: Stefan Berglund - Vocals
Simon Johansson - Lead Guitar
Ante Mäkelä - Guitar
Johan Fredrikson - Bass
Tom Björn/Johansson - Drums

Memory Garden Bio:

Memory Garden is a Kumla based doom metal band formed in December 1992. They began their career with some demo and EP releases which gained the interest of the small Swedish label Heathendoom Music. They got the chance to release a MCD called "Forever" in 1995 and their first full-length album entitled "Tides" in 1996. Both were recorded at the Fredman Studios with Fredrik Norman

Both CD´s were very well received among the buying public and Memory Garden got excellent reviews in magazines all over Europe. Excellent guitar harmonies and the classic clean vocals of Stefan Berglund are the outstanding trademarks of this highly talented outfit.

In 1996 the band drafted Fifth Reason and Abstract Algebra guitarist Simon Johansson. Soon after the release of "Tides" Memory Garden were contacted & signed by Metal Blade Records.

Their next effort, the full-length album "Verdict of Posterity", was released in 1998.

Leaving the famous Studio Fredman behind Memory Garden decided to record "Verdict of Posterity" at XTC Studios together with producer Mike Wead (King Diamond / Mercyful Fate etc.) handling the production duties.

Memory Garden followed up their first Metal Blade release with shows around Scandinavia and summer festivals including the mighty "Wacken Open Air" in Germany during the summer of 1999. Having spent the fall of 1999 and the beginning of 2000 writing new material for their upcoming release, Memory Garden entered their own studio "Annoying Sound Factory" in February 2000 with Mike Wead once again in the producer chair. Some of the recording was also done in Mike’s own studio, Miseria Recording.

The result of their work was the ten song masterpiece called "Mirage". Memory Garden took their music back to their roots and made an even heavier and darker album than "Verdict of Posterity". Combining both bone crushing riffs with catchy melodies and beautiful harmonies, the guys have once again made the Memory Garden spirit comes to live.

The band supported the release of "Mirage" by playing shows and festivals all over Europe and by doing tons of interviews in magazines and radio shows all over the world. They also participated on tribute albums for bands like "Black Sabbath", "Mercyful Fate" & "Queensryche".

After the split with Metal Blade Records, Memory Garden have been working hard on writing new material for the upcoming release as well as doing shows in Sweden. They have also recorded two new songs for a 7” vinyl single called "Marion", released on their old label Heathendoom Music in May 2004. In the summer of 2004 they also did an awesome gig at the great “Sweden Rock Festival”.

Memory Garden has just finished of the recording of their next full-length album "Carnage Carnival" together with Mike Wead, using Mike & Simon’s studio “Solnasound Recording” and their own studio "Annoying Sound Factory" for the job. ‘Carnage Carnival’ will be released early 2007 through Vic Records. This album will surely take you even deeper into the dark paths of Memory Garden...

Cover art will be done by art master Hjules (Gravedigger, Sin of Kain, Annihilator).

The new album will have a multi media section which includes a video clip of the song ‘Carnage Carnival’. The video was made by Owe Lingvall (Nocturnal Rites drummer) of Village Road Film who were responsible for all Nocturnal Rites video’s and amongst others the Wolf and Morgana Lefay video clips.

Vic Records will also release re-issues of their since long sold out two first albums “Forever” & “Tides”. Adding tons of bonus material and re-mastering will make those two releases a must-have for every metal fan. The albums were originally recorded at Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, cover art will feature Kristian Wahlin and Peter Sallai (Bloodgut, Forest Silence, DSD). Both albums are remastered by Mike Wead (King Diamond / Mercyful Fate).

Memory Garden's next album will be out early 2013.

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  1. Memory Garden finish recording and announce title for new record, “Doomain” – Metal Riot1/28/2013 12:42 PM | Permalink

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