Distributor/Label: Lifeforce Records
Buy Album: http://www.recordshopx.com/artist/hanging_garden/blackout_whiteout/#cd
Band Website: http://www.hanging-garden.ne
Nino Hynninen – Keyboard,
Mikko Kolari – Guitar,
Jussi Hämäläinen – Guitar & Vocals,
Antti Ruokola – Drums,
Toni Toivonen – Vocals,
Jussi Kirves – Bass.
1. Borrowed Eyes
7. Words That Bear No Meaning
8. My Rise Is Your Fall
One of music’s fundamental wonders is its ability to conjure emotions and images in the minds of the listener. You can play a game with the latter: listen to a piece of music, and then tell the story you conjured in your head. Play it with friends and see what the results are – it’s a guarantee that you’ll have some wonderful answers. Admittedly, it’s not the best game to play on a Saturday night but it’s something you can do with albums like “Blackout Whiteout”.
There’s something about this album that just invokes scenes of achingly beautiful landscapes, something of which HANGING GARDEN might know a thing-or-two about from their native Finland. The atmosphere is present from the get-go: “Borrowed Eyes” opens sparsely and builds, but lets everything breathe, and the gentle beauty of the atmosphere remains, tying everything together. “Eclipse” sprawls out before the listener, hinting at becoming truly heavy but never venturing further than that. Tease.
There’s something here for almost everyone – the heavier moments doff their caps to acclaimed post-metallers ISIS, whilst the sprawling soft passages echo the higher, near-spiritual beauty of EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY. “Words That Bear No Meaning” represents an almost perfect hybrid of the two: dark, haunting and heavy. Whilst this is noticeable on face-value, the emotive qualities to this album cannot be understated. Try not being sucked into each track and moving with it. Genuinely, try.
Post-metal is not for everyone. The lack of clear song structure and multi-faceted tracks can put many off. Yet to appreciate such an album, you just need to go back to basics of listening to music – just listen to it. This is not meant to start frenzied pits or massive sing-alongs. This is to be enjoyed, appreciated and remembered. HANGING GARDEN have put out an achingly beautiful and resplendent album here. Evocative, heavy, delicate and downright brilliant.