Hanging Garden
Into that Good Night

1. Of Love and Curses
2. Fear, Longing, Hope and the Night
3. Into That Good Night
4. Rain
5. Silent Sentinels
6. Anamnesis
7. Navigator
8. Signs of Affection

Toni Toivonen - Vocals
Mikko Kolari - Guitars
Jussi Hämäläinen - Guitars, Vocals
Nino Hynninen - Synths
Jussi Kirves - Bass
Sami Forsstén - Drums

Inherit The Eden (2007)
At Every Door (2013)
I Was a Soldier (EP 2013)
Blackout Whiteout (2015)
Hereafter (EP 2016)
I Am Become (2017)

Nik Stalvind - backing vocals

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Mynett at Mynetaur Studios
over artwork based on the digital image "Warping" - a collaboration between Chris Cold and Stefan Hürlemann

Released 2019-11-15
Reviewed 2019-11-13


Into that good night is where we are taken by the Finnish band Hanging Garden when they offer us their latest release. A band that was formed in 2004 and released the debut album in 2007, they have since changed members and evolved their musical identity and now I ready things like playful musically, open-minded and such positive connotations when reading about them. I wish that every band was musically playful, open-minded, creative and curious enough to think outside the box, but very few are and most albums are like meh, nothing that really make anything but the tiniest ripple in the every-flowing stream of music. Hanging Garden goes into the night of dark landscapes and starlit skies looking exciting, that vinyl edition certainly looks tempting. But is it worth having?

Dark and melancholic, atmospheric and progressive, gothic or doom metal with nice dark scapes painted in long strokes with some more aggressive short ones here and there. A musical landscape that is varied and creatively better than most albums I write about. With vocals ranging from growly stuff to female singing it offers a span of atmospheres and songs with lots of depth. The album’s eight tracks shows good variation and dynamics, it should offer longevity rivalled by few bands. The playing time is sensible with a length suitable for the vinyl formal and the production is quite excellent. It is a fresh sounding album, albeit not really an original one.

You are drawn into this great album by the captivating atmospheres, the moods and the progression of the album. It is like a walk where you end up somewhere completely different to where you began, and you get there listening to some great mood music. Like when you get into that night where the star shines brightly and just lay down in the snow looking up at the stars and how they traverse the sky above you, a place to stay for a long while. If you are a fan of the band’s earlier albums or albums like the similar bands there is a good bet that you will like this album as well, it is a really strong album. It is always fun with open-minded and playful band rather than those stuck inside a box, not that these guys really move far outside the box but they do at least make something that feels fresh.

The answer is yes, and it looks good to so that vinyl is very tempting. I can recommend this one, I don’t see any flaw worth mentioning, the small thing I have noticed aren’t very negative. You could argue about the originality but they are more original than many and you could claim the lack of a distinct hit song but most albums lacks strong hits and the whole of the album feels more important than the single track. I think that it is a great album and certainly in the top ten percent of the albums released this year. I recommend that you check it out, there is a great chance that you will like it.





Label: Lifeforce Records
Three similar bands:
Katatonia/Ghost Brigade/Draconian
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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