PSYCHOTIC GARDENING – Hymnosis (CD)
This five unit band hailing from the frozen landscapes of Winnipeg, Canada specialize in nineties style of death metal with hints of heavy metal guitar rhythms and grooves. “Hymnosis” is a lesson in total ass kicking done the ancient way, with double bass rolls, depressive guitar harmonies, and growl vocals that’ll possess your helpless soul.
Psychotic Gardening give their music so much depth within the many layers found in their songs, as it feels like there is so much going on, yet it slaps you in the face and grinds you down to a bloody pulp. No, these guys do not play gore or blood splatter death metal. Their music is slow to mid-paced, but definitely creates an unforgettable experience of what it would feel like to drown in your own suffering. “Hymnosis” could not be any fitting for an album title as it clearly represents this quintet’s morbid direction on such tracks as “Origin of The Infection”, “Searing Cital” and “Garden Raiding”.
Imagine early Paradise Lost (“Lost Paradise” era) and My Dying Bride meets Morbid Angel, and you’ve a band that’ll totally demoralize your will to exist in this rotten world tainted by the ills of humanity.
And Death’s cover of “Open Casket” is brilliantly executed, something that would’ve surely made the late Chuck Schuldiner smile with utter happiness. Overall, Psychotic Gardening is not going to change the current climate of extreme metal, but they’re onto something really good, and with time, they could impact the potential North American death metal scene for the better. “Hymnosis” is a very solid release in all aspects and should not be overlooked. [Self Release]