With the release of HANGING GARDEN’s critically acclaimed 7th album Skeleton Lake only two weeks away we are thrilled to present the fantastic video for the title track of the album!
Guitarist Jussi Hämäläinen about the song: Skeleton Lake was different right from the start. Usually I have a clear vision of the song I’m writing but with Skeleton Lake it was all about trial and error.
The song had a working title ”Solemn” which pretty much sums up feeling I was aiming for… slow, huge wall of sound with beautiful harmonies. They are still all there but in a different way.
After trying out different arrangements the last thing I came up with was this beautiful guitar lead. I decided to leave out the heavy rhythm guitars and let the song breathe with only synths and some clean guitars accompanying the lead.”
Toni: ”Lyrics for Skeleton Lake’s title track were written by Riikka, upon her listening the music of the song, and doing an introspective journey through the feelings and landscapes the song invoked in her.
When it comes to the musicality of HANGING GARDEN, words are only second choice. At least the words that try to describe the songs of this Finnish band and their overall artistic aesthetic. The group’s approach to their art is based on emotion. Everything revolves around authenticity, honesty and unreserved openness. All this characterizes “Skeleton Lake”, whose progression is often implicit and whose direction of effect is sometimes suggestive. There is no right or wrong here.
The connection to the seventh album of the Finns presents itself inevitably. Although the playing of HANGING GARDEN tends to be gloomy and melancholic, from to time, the songs also seem optimistic or even euphoric. Since Riikka Hatakka joined the band as a permanent vocalist on “Into That Good Night” (2019), the musical picture has partially brightened and, additionally, the sound cosmos of the Finns has broadened noticeably. The resulting impressions seem manifold and even more emotional.
But “Skeleton Lake” is, of course, also a mirror of the circumstances of its creation, as HANGING GARDEN reveal: “This trying year has seemed like an endless winter, friends and strangers huddled within their abodes, near their hearths, waiting for spring to come. At the same time, the cold north has been colder than in many years, the lightless time of Kaamos relentlessly gnawing at our spirits. As spring begins to show, little by little, the winter sun reflecting its pale intensity through the vast fields of snow, HANGING GARDEN’s seventh album begins to emerge. Being forged in the searing cold and bleak isolation, „Skeleton Lake“ is at times somber and hopeless, a crushing pressure in the freezing depths, and at times fervorous, basking in the splendor of a late winter’s sun. In the darkness, we are cold and afraid. Still, not all is lost.“
All this musical excellence does not overshadow the poetic prowess and the musicality of the lyrics. One reason that there is such an irresistible appeal in vocals could be that the words of the lyrics not only constitute the message and meaning to be conveyed to the audience, but also contribute to the overall sound of the music. This is by far Finland’s best kept secret and if you like bands like SWALLOW THE SUN and INSOMNIUM, you will enjoy this fully.
9/10 – METAL TEMPLE
That said I’m not sure why I haven’t come across Hanging Garden before because they are the perfect blend of everything I adore about Paradise Lost and Katatonia while still remaining fresh and unique.
4/5 – METAL EPIDEMIC
Skeleton Lake wurde in sengender Kälte und trostloser Isolation geschmiedet und transportiert düster und hoffnungslos eine drückende Dunkelheit in die eiskalten Tiefen, manchmal inbrünstig und sich in der Pracht der Sonne eines späten Winters sonnend. In dieser Dunkelheit ist es kalt und man wird ängstlich. Trotzdem ist nicht alles verloren. Stark gemacht und gerade durch den Reichtum an Ideen und Tiefe in der Atmosphäre ein super Album.
9.2/10 – TIME FOR METAL
SKELETON LAKE out May 21st on Limited Vinyl LP, CD Digipak and Digital – PREORDER HERE
- Nowhere Haven
- Winter‘s Kiss
- When the Music Dies
- Road of Bones
- Field of Reeds
- Skeleton Lake
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