Lake Of Tears

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Greater Art

Lake of Tears - Greater Art ©1994 Black Mark
1. Under the Crescent
2. Eyes of the Sky
3. Upon the Highest Mountain
4. As Daylight Yields
5. Greater Art
6. Evil Inside
7. Netherworld
8. Tears

Despite the lowered worldwide profile of heavy metal, the early to mid 90s were quite a fertile time in the development of the genre, particularly in the northern climate of Scandanavia. Granted, the stalwarts of metal were hitting new lows (one only needs to look at the futile endeavours of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica for evidence) but relatively unknown bands were already making headway in revitalizing heavy metal. Tiamat, among others, figured out some intriguing ways to blend atmospherics with a hybrid of death metal to create a remarkable new appraoch. Lake of Tears did not lead the charge one bit, but they were definitely a notable second tier contributor.

Lake of Tears' debut, Greater Art, firmly stands in the shadows of Tiamat's Clouds album. The somewhat doomish approach is tempered with atmospheric keyboards and gruff vocals that are quite reminiscient of one Johan Edlund. I am not sure if the band meant such flattery, but the Tiamat comparisons are strong throughout. Greater Art does get a demerit for the pretentious album title. It seemed fashionable for many heavy metal bands to elevate their output to the level of the statue of David, and Lake of Tears apparently went along for that ride. To be blunt, Greater Art was far from one the best albums of 1994. However, calling it A-OK Art most likely wouldn't have been as marketable. Title aside, this album actually does a fair job of filling the margins for fans of early Tiamat. Lake of Tears did have a reasonable amount of talent and do a solid job within this style. For a young band showcasing their debut, Greater Art is a fairly good beginning and something worth checking out for those deeply interested in mid 90s dark metal.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2009

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Headstones

Lake of Tears - Headstones ©1995 Black Mark
1. A Foreign Road
2. Raven Land
3. Dreamdemons
4. Sweetwater
5. Life's But a Dream
6. Headstones
7. Twilight
8. Burn Fire Burn
9. The Path of the Gods (Upon the Highest Mountain, Part 2)

Following a promising but somewhat underwhelming debut with an awfully pretentious title, Sweden's Lake of Tears opted to move their music into more of a moderately melodic, gothy-doomy style that fortunately did not include any of the most stereotypical cliches of goth metal. Rather, Headstones focused more on brooding songs and attempts to create a somber atmosphere. Sadly, for the most part, Lake of Tears falls short of their goals on Headstones. The album opens with a pretty good stoner-rock-ish track called "A Foreign Road", but the album fails to keep its head of steam going. It's as though main songwriter Daniel Brennare had a sound in his head that he wasn't quite able to translate to the actual execution of the songs. Lake of Tears does move away from the Tiamat influence, but this does not set the band apart from the pack.

As with many lesser known acts, Lake of Tears has quite a few good songs throughout their catalogue that can generate interest in their band, but as Headstones demonstrates, they simply weren't able to come up with complete albums of great material. They deserve a nod of respect for at least trying to work out the kinks of their debut but still require some "tsk tsking" for not delivering the goods.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/2010

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Lady Rosenred [Single]

Lake Of Tears - Lady Rosenred Single ©1997 Black Mark
1. Lady Rosenred
2. Devil's Diner
3. A Crimson Cosmos

I found this three song CD single at a used store and based on vague memories of good reviews of this band, I picked up this disc. AND WOW, this rocks! Nothing is more fulfilling than discovering a new band and this was one of those experiences.

Lake of Tears is one of those European metal bands that has foresaken their pure death/black/growl roots to incorporate new elements into their music and generally display great musical ability. "Lady Rosenred" brings in Jennie Tebler for lead vocals and dammit, they must know I'm a sucker for good female singers. "Devil's Dinner" has a rocking drum pattern. "A Crimson Cosmos" (the album these tracks are from) reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd and is very mellow.

Do yourself a favor if you're at all into the new wave of European modern metal (Tiamat, The Gathering, et al): check out Lake of Tears...you will not be disappointed.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1997

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A Crimson Cosmos

Lake Of Tears - A Crimson Cosmos ©1997 Black Mark
1. Boogie Bubble
2. Cosmic Weed
3. When My Sun Comes Down
4. Devil's Diner
5. The Four Strings Of Mourning
6. To Die Is To Wake
7. Lady Rosenred
8. Raistlin And The Rose
9. A Crimson Cosmos

After hearing the three song sampler Lady Rosenred, I went ahead and ordered the full length album. Overall, the three songs represented there are the the best of the lot. Lake of Tears has a good sound overall, being roughly in the same field as latter day Cemetary. Guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brennare displays good sense of melody and his rough but not brutal voice fits the music well. My favorite aspects to the album is when they do stray from the norm, as on "Lady Rosenred" (featuring a great female vocal). Recommended for anyone into recent Cemetary, The Gathering, Sentenced or other bands in that particular legion.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1997

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Forever Autumn

Lake Of Tears - Forever Autumn ©1999 Black Mark
1. So Fell Autumn Rain
2. Hold On Tight
3. Forever Autumn
4. Pagan Wish
5. The Homecoming
6. Come Night I Reign
7. Demon You/Lily Anne
8. To Blossom Blue

When I purchased Lake of Tears' Forever Autumn (available at Tower Records, to my surprise), I expected them to play generic gothic metal, la Theatre of Tragedy or Within Temptation. As it turns out, I was only partly correct.

Upon initial listens, Lake of Tears' sound bears a resemblance to that of Evereve and later Katatonia, but as I played Forever Autumn more and more, I began to recognize a Death in June vibe of all things. The resemblance is particularly noticeable in songs like "Forever Autumn," in which the acoustic guitars add a folk ambience to the oft-downcast atmosphere. However, in all likelihood the similarities are coincidental. For the record, Lake of Tears and Death in June appear to have nothing to do with each other lyrically or thematically. That being said, Forever Autumn is a blend of the aforementioned folk sound and heavier guitars, though the tone never becomes very heavy. Rather, the album is a pleasant, enjoyable listen, perfect for the quiet, mellow moments of our lives. Keyboards often accompany the heavier songs, notably in "So Fell Autumn Rain" and "Pagan Wish," and yet the music retains its beautiful simplicity. Daniel Brennare sings capably, his voice fitting nicely with the album's somber mood. The lyrics are vague and symbolic, poetic and profound; worth reading if you have the chance.

Sadly, Lake of Tears recently decided to break up, and after one last album, we may never hear new music from them again. At least they managed to produce this little gem for us to treasure.

Review by Jeffrey Shyu

Review date: 10/1999

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