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Lake Of Tears - A Crimson Cosmos CD (album) cover


Lake Of Tears


Progressive Metal

3.70 | 22 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars LAKE OF TEARS are down to a three-piece on this their third album. Although there are four guests who help out on keyboards, vocals and guitars. I should mention they thank THE GATHERING among others in the liner notes. Most list them under the Gothic genre, although i would say that's a bit of a stretch on this album. Mind you the lyrics gravitate in that direction. Some compare them to fellow Swedish greats KATATONIA, but KATATONIA are much better (more dynamic and darker).

"Boogie Bubble" opens with a bass line and spoken words before a full sound including organ comes in. Vocals follow. "Cosmic Weed" opens with this riff that builds as vocals join in. "Come let's try some cosmic weed". A nice heavy sound to this one. "When My Sun Comes Down" is slower paced but still powerful. Organ in this one as well. "Devil's Diner" has a chorus that the whole family can sing to (haha).This is fairly catchy and uptempo. Piano in this one too. "The Four Strings Of Mourning" has a nice heavy rhythm to it including chunky bass as the guitar then vocals come in. A good guitar solo before 3 1/2 minutes.

"To Die Is To Wake" is an instrumental and my favourite. Psychedelic organ to open as the wind blows. Guitar and drums join in. A fuller sound after 1 1/2 minutes then the tempo picks up a minute later with the guitar playing over top. "Lady Rosenred" has both male and guest female vocals. Good sound with drums and bass. "Raistlin And The Rose" has a good beat with vocals. Synths in this one too. A calm 4 minutes in to the end. "A Crimson Chaos" has this laid back sound with reserved vocals.Then a catchy melody comes in around a minute as the tempo picks up. Contrasts continue.

Good album but the best is yet to come with the follow up "Forever Autumn".

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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