Gardenian

Gardenian
STYLE: ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 1996LABEL: Nuclear Blast
  • MEMBERS:
  • Jim Kjell – Vocals, Guitar
  • Niclas Engelin – Guitar
  • Thim Blom – Drums
  • Håkan Skoger – Bass
BIOGRAPHY

Gardenian is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg that formed in 1996 and disbanded in 2004 but reunited in 2012.

Gardenian was formed in April 1996 by drummer Thim Blom and vocalist/guitarist Jim Kjell. Eventually, guitarist Niklas Engelin and bassist Håkan Skoger joined the band. Later in 1996, the band recorded a demo and sent it to Listenable Records who gave the band a record deal and booked Studio Fredman that same year so that the band could record their debut studio album.

In 1997, Gardenian released their debut studio album, Two Feet Stand. After the album’s release, the band was pretty dormant due to lack of interest by their label Listenable Records. At this point Niklas Engelin decided to join In Flames for some tours. However, eventually the band decided they needed to break off their contract with Listenable Records and dedicate themselves fully to the band, something which bassist Håkan Skoger felt he could no longer do since he wanted to focus on his other band Headplate.

After breaking off their contract with Listenable Records, the band signed with Nuclear Blast. In 1999, Gardenian recorded and released their second studio album, Soulburner, which was also recorded in Studio Fredman. This album featured guest vocals by Eric Hawk(ex-Artch) and Sabrina Khilstrand (ex-Ice Age). After Soulburner’s release the band toured with bands such as In FlamesDark TranquillityChildren of BodomHypocrisyThe Kovenant, and Evereve.

In 2000, Gardenian recorded and released their third studio album, Sindustries. This album was recorded in Abyss Studio and produced by Peter Tägtgren. Shortly after the release of Sindustries, Gardenian felt disappointed with the way Nuclear Blast was treating them, so they broke off their contract. In 2003, Gardenian underwent major line-up changes and in 2004, the band eventually disbanded.

In 2012, it was announced that the band will reunite with the original lineup, only once for the 4-5 January, 2013 edition of The Gothenburg Sound festival, which took place in Trädgår’n, Gothenburg, Sweden, but then in March 2013 it was announced that they weren’t going to do the one-off reunion as planned and remain active.

DISCOGRAPHY

Sindustries / 2000

Gardenian-Sindustries
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Selfproclaimed Messiah
2. Doom & Gloom
3. Long Snap to Zero
4. Courageous
5. Heartless
6. The Suffering
7. Scissorfight
8. Sonic Death Monkey
9. Sindustries
10. Funeral

Sindustries is the third album by Swedish melodic death metal band Gardenian. For a time, this was considered Gardenian’s last release, as the band broke up in 2004. However, they reunited in 2012 and are working towards a new album. The band’s past album, Soulburner, featured Eric Hawk, who did clean vocals, but producer Peter Tägtgren believed that this album did not need a guest clean vocalist, and encouraged Jim Kjell to the clean vocals this time as he had never done so. This is the first and last release with Kriss Albertsson performing. This album also has the band’s longest song, “Selfproclaimed Messiah”.

Soulburner / 1999

Gardenian-Soulburner
  • Album Info
  • 1999
  • Nuclear Blast

1. As a True King
2. Powertool
3. Deserted
4. Soulburner
5. If Tomorrow’s Gone
6. Small Electric Space
7. Chaos in Flesh
8. Ecstasy of Life
9. Tell the World I’m Sorry
10. Loss
11. Black Days

Soulburner is the second album by Swedish melodic death metal band Gardenian. It would be their first album under the Nuclear Blast banner. This is the last Gardenian release with Håkan Skoger.

Two Feet Stand / 1997

Gardenian-Two Feet Stand
  • Album Info
  • 1997
  • Listenable Records

1. Two Feet Stand
2. Flipside of Reality
3. The Downfall
4. Awake of Abuse
5. Netherworld
6. Do Me Now
7. Murder…
8. Freedom
9. Mindless Domination
10. The Silent Fall

Two Feet Stand is the debut album by Swedish melodic death metal band Gardenian. It would be the only album they would record for Listenable Records before procuring a deal with Nuclear Blast.

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