Review: Psychotic Gardening - Hymnosis (Out on May 13, 2014)

Psychotic Gardening are a metal band from Winnipeg, MB. This album has a Death cover on it (Open Casket), which is a bonus right off the bat. I like the rough sound to this album, it's not completely clean and polished but I don't think it would be quite the same if it were. The mix fits the music really well. I'd call this traditional/old school metal revival with a touch of black metal, if I had to pin a label on it. You can hear the old school death metal influence for sure, these guys kind of remind me of my old band Deadkind just a little bit in that respect. It's refreshing to hear a metal band going against the grain like that. I really like the vocal delivery in this band as well.

Hymnosis is the third album from Psychotic Gardening, follwed by 2011's Humanitorium and the 2007debut Hurdur. The more of this record I listen to, the more I dig it for sure. Hymnosis starts off well, don't get me wrong, but this record is a creeper for sure; it grows on you more and more the further in you listen. I like that, some of my favorite records kind of have the same effect. Very cool arrangement, and a unique overall sound as well. I can hear the influences in the music, but this band doesn't straight up remind me of any other bands on the first spin, which is pretty hard to find these days. If you're into that old school feel, you don't want to miss out on this release. Be sure to check out Psychotic Gardening ASAP!

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