Prepare to be Devoured by the latest single and lyric video from alt-rockers Gardenhead — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The thrashing metal anthem from the Finnish four-piece slams out your speakers with a mission: Keep the listener headbanging, playing air guitar and throwing devil horns in the air as the band — Jonne Nyberg (vocals and guitar), Antti “Andy” Silkelä (drums), Eero Silkelä (guitar) and Antti Lammi (bass) — pound your brain into submission. “We are at our best when the amps sound like they are on the verge of exploding and Jonne’s vocal cords are bleeding,” they claim.
“Devoured was initially a bunch of Eero’s riffs and a couple of Jonne’s melody ideas we played around with at the end of rehearsals,” explains Andy. “One night I walked out of the void that we call our practice space and thought of a quote from Stephen King that our late friend would’ve wanted to get a tattoo of: Monsters are real. Ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.’ At that moment it felt like an omen come true. Inspired by the quote, I wrote the lyrics during the walk home.”
The track is the followup single to The Ordeal, which is also slated to appear on Gardenhead’s forthcoming debut album due this year. “To me these songs are an amalgamation of the years spent grinding at rehearsals and dive bars, trying to make something larger than life from the little talent and resources we have,” says Jonne. “In this, I think we’ve succeeded.”
While the debut doesn’t have a specific theme, the tracks work together as a cohesive whole — and show how far they’ve come since morphing their lifelong friendship into a heavyweight band capable of delivering darkly powerful rock. “Many of the songs stem from some psychological trauma, like depression, substance abuse, or loss,” they say. “But these are often wrapped in surrealist or fantastical lyrics so there is room for interpretation.”