In 2004 Matti Reinola, bass player and keyboarder of the Finnish dark rock band ShamRain, and Ari Nieminen, singer of death
thrash band Dauntless, found a new band called HANGING GARDEN in order to combine the characteristics of ShamRain and
Dauntless. And it dawns on us that HANGING GARDEN is a platform for creative potential which cannot be integrated in the
music of these bands. "Exactly", says Matti who answers my questions thoroughly and thoughtfully.
"I have always been a huge metal fan but metallic approach does not fit ShamRain's concept. We want it
to be something different. So this has turned out to be a great way for me to express myself in more ways. I was in another
metal band, too, when we first formed HANGING GARDEN but we decided to end that band, and that gave more speed to get things
properly going with the new band. Ari has a history in a doom/gothic band called Caledonian in which he was before Dauntless.
So he has never been just a death/thrash guy. We founded HANGING GARDEN as we wanted to try something different along with
our main bands of that time. We shared a passion towards the early nineties doom-gothic-death bands like Paradise Lost,
Anathema and Tiamat - to name a few - so we agreed to do something in the vein of the old classics, adding something new to
the mix." With guitarist Mikko and drummer Janne two more ShamRain musicians join HANGING GARDEN, and they soon
start to write and record songs. "To get a more metallic aspect to the songs we later asked our
friend Saku from the death metal band Exit Wounds to join the band as a second guitarist. Saku has listened and played
death metal since he was in kindergarten or so. So he was the right dude for the job for sure. As we then felt like we
had found a perfect line-up we finished the recordings of our first promo. It led to a deal with Spikefarm and here we
are now, already preparing songs for the 2nd album as well as playing some gigs."
sadness in beauty and beauty in sadness. The music of HANGING GARDEN emphasizes this very well. It's simply to drift and
enjoy or also to reflect on who we are and where we're heading to. One direction where sadness loses its beauty is the
current state of this planet which we are continuously destroying. This is also an important issue for HANGING GARDEN.
"Well, I think it has become clear at this point. I'm probably fortunate to live in Finland, the
nature is incredible here. Southern Finland is becoming more and more a concrete hell, though. But I think we all know
that with the direction we are heading to, it won't last. What I'm concerned about the most is that people are very
willing to make babies and still they don't care about the earth and what we will leave behind to generations to come.
That's what the album title is about in a sarcastic way. Our inheritance to future generations will, instead of Eden,
be a polluted hell hole. Not that I would be any better person, I'm a part of the plague myself, too, but at least I'm
aware and try to do my best when I have the strength to care." Also the cover artwork is a part of the concept
and not the result of a coincidental choice. The paper doves rather have a sad background. "The
expression paper doves is taken from an episode name from one of my all time favourite tv-series, Millennium, which
actually deals more or less with the same issues as our album. Anyway, there was an episode called ´Paper Dove´ but
apart from the title the song has nothing to do with the episode. The title just got things going on inside my head
and I got a vision of a world gone to a stage where all the actual animals have already died in extinction and men try
to create artificial ones, such as flying paper doves in the sky, since real birds no longer exist. That's what the
lyrics are about. The front is just a scenery from the hanging garden, the world turned grey and dull. The colour theme
is another reference to old The Cure classics, namely "17 Seconds" and "Faith"."