Fountain Of Tears

Fountain Of Tears

Fountain Of Tears - Fountain Of Tears ©1999 Mental Music
1. Survive
2. She Wants To Be
3. The Sleeper
4. Carousel
5. Real
6. Survive (instrumental)
7. She Wants To Be (instrumental)
8. The Sleeper (instrumental)
9. Carousel (instrumental)
10. Real (instrumental)

Despite the name, Fountain of Tears is not a gothic metal band, or at least not your average gothic metal band. They have the right elements, majestic music, wonderful female vocalist and depressing sounding song titles. They go beyond the stereotypes and create some really beautiful music on this debut disc. The band has roots in other bands Sacrament, Believer and Sardonyx, borrowing former members of each. The impression this disc made on me was quite profound.

There is a lot of piano work in these songs. If you've read my reviews of Shadow Gallery or any of the other progressive metal bands that utilize the piano a lot, you know I give high marks to bands that use it. I'm a sucker for a good piano melody. When that melody is as well written as these songs are, it makes the experience all the more enjoyable. These songs are almost intuitive in how they move and flow. The music is positively alive with vibrant color and depth. This is artsy progressive metal at its best. There are elements of metal, jazz, classical and a smattering of other influences to be heard within the complex patterns of these songs.

The third track, "The Sleeper", is based on the poem by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe's poetry holds a very special place in my heart and the narration of this poem against the intense musical backdrop is really nicely done. The sung vocals on the other tracks are simply beautiful. Anna DeRose's voice is rich and warm. She create a sound that is welcoming and to be greatly enjoyed. When she is added to the already impressive mix, the sound becomes absolutely enthralling.

The last half of the disc are instrumental versions of the first half. They add to one's enjoyment in that the songs are melodious enough to stand on their own. That is truly a testimony to the band's song writing talent. Not many other artists can remove the vocal tracks to their work and still have that work stand on its own merit. Fans of progressive metal and progressive rock will enjoy this disc.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 07/2001

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