GARDEN WALL Forget the colours

by Mellow Records MMP425

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I think we need to get some "Tech / Extreme Prog Metal"
fans to start reviewing GARDEN WALL albums to get
the ratings up.

I would describe their sound as a blend of
IN THE WOODS..., ZERO HOUR & PSYCHOTIC WALTZ.

The vocals are an acquired taste and can be very theatrical.
Complex, experimental and aggressive is the order of
the day with a vocalist who likes to spit out the words.
Man this is good though.

I'm so impressed with the arrangements and the
instrumental work of this band.
They're very talented and seem to be blazing their
own unique path.
By the way they thank fellow Italian Metal band
PATHOSRAY in the liner notes.

"Lead" opens with sounds that you would probably
hear in a horror movie.
You know something is there in the dark but you
don't know what it is.
It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes.
Theatrical vocals a minute later.
This is chaotic and loud.
It settles before 4 1/2 minutes.
The guitar is fairly melodic, almost soaring after 5 minutes.
Vocals come in and change the mood quickly
as he spits out his venom.
It's almost dreamy before 7 1/2 minutes !
Sounds like mellotron.
Great sound with guitar after 8 1/2 minutes.
When it settles it reminds me of KAYO DOT.

"Hatred" opens with whispered vocals, violin and some
dark atmosphere.
The tempo picks up and check out the doom-like guitars
after 2 1/2 minutes.
It settles again before 4 1/2 minutes to an eerie calm.
Contrasts continue.
Violin is back.

"Anniversary" has a good drum intro as vocals and
an abrasive sound come in.
The tempo continues to change.
Nice deep bass before 2 minutes and the guitar joins in.
Vocals are back after 3 minutes and they become
theatrical a minute later.
A beautiful soundscape comes in before 6 minutes.
Guitar comes in grinding away with huge bass lines
a minute later.
Riffs follow with piano to end it.

"Bisturi (Including Coda : Withered Rose)" hits
the ground running.
This is heavy with vocals.
A psychedelic calm is brief.
The spoken words 3 minutes in are creepy.
It thunders back in at 3 1/2 minutes until it settles
with bass and piano after 5 minutes.
Contrasts continue.

"Deinococcus Radioduran" opens with
the vocalsist screaming.
Just an insane song that is all over the place.

"Obsession" opens with pounding drums
as vocals come in.
A spacey calm takes over. Heavy bass 2 1/2 minutes
in followed by intense vocals and sound.
Incredible !

"Christmas Eve" has such a good drum intro.
Crazy vocals with a dark heavy sound come in quickly.
Violin followed by riffs.
It settles again as contrasts continue.

"Negation Of Becoming" has lots of funky bass early
before vocals and ripping guitar come in.
An eerie calm 2 minutes in with piano and later at
5 minutes with creepy vocals.

"Dreams Slayer" is led by drums and violin early.
Huge bass with theatrical vocals follow.
This contrast continues.
Check out the guitar 4 minutes in !
The ending is out of control.

Challenging,
complex,
heavy and bizarre
is the order of the day on "Forget the Colours".

Amazing !

Review by Mellotron Storm
from progarchives.com

credits

released February 2, 2002

line-up

Alessandro Seravalle
vocals, 6 & 12 strings acoustic and electric guitars

Camillo Colleluori
drums

Raffaello Indri
lead electric guitar, 6 strings acoustic guitar

Pino "McKenna" Mechi
6 strings bass guitar

with

Simone D'Eusanio
classical and electric violin

Christian "Noochie" Rigano
aural intruder

Alessandro Stornello
electric guitar

All music and lyrics by Alessandro Seravalle
except "Negation of Becoming" words by Camillo Colleluori.

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