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LAKE OF TEARS is a progressive metal band from Boras, Sweden formed in 1992 when Daniel Brennare (vocals, guitar), Jonas Eriksson (guitar) and Michael Larsson (bass) left the death metal band they were playing in and joined Johan Oudhuis (drums). They recorded a demo in early 1993, which caught the attention of Black Mark Productions who signed the band soon after.

In 1994, the band released their debut album "Greater Art" followed quickly by their second album "Headstones" the following year.

The band toured Europe and lost guitarist Jonas Eriksson in the summer of 1996. They released their third studio album "A Crimson Cosmos" in 1997 and hired a new guitarist Ulrik Lindblom.

They toured relentlessly until 1999, when they recorded their fourth studio album "Forever Autumn." This album was more progressive than their predecessors and they hired full time keyboardist Christian Saarinen.

The band broke up shortly after the release of their fourth album.

To honor their contract with Black Mark Productions, the band recorded and released their fifth studio album "The Neonai" in 2002 with Daniel Brennare ensuring the final production of the release by himself.

In 2003, band leader Daniel Brennare and his two long standing friends, Mikael Larsson and Johan Oudhuis decided to rekindle the band after a joint rehearsal in the summer of 2003.

With a new life into the band they carefully choose their new label Noise Records and released their sixth studio album "Black Brick Road" in 2004 with the help of guest musicians Magnus Sahlgren (lead guitar), Dan Helgeson (organ), Stina Rebelius (vocals), Ulrika Silver (vocals) and Jorgen Cremonese (guitar). Magnus Sahlgren (guitar) became a full time member.

In 2007, the band released their seventh studio album "Moons and Mushrooms" on Dockyard1.

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2.67 | 12 ratings
Greater Art
1994
4.03 | 17 ratings
Headstones
1995
3.69 | 17 ratings
A Crimson Cosmos
1997
3.89 | 29 ratings
Forever Autumn
1999
4.03 | 13 ratings
The Neonai
2002
3.60 | 14 ratings
Black Brick Road
2004
3.17 | 16 ratings
Moons And Mushrooms
2007
2.30 | 11 ratings
Illwill
2011

LAKE OF TEARS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 5 ratings
By the Black Sea
2014

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Tears Volume I
2004
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Greatest Tears Volume II
2004

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Lady Rosenred
1997

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 Forever Autumn by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.89 | 29 ratings

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Forever Autumn
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Gothic metal's Lake of Tears began to steer their sound in a more mellow direction here, setting the groundwork for the more progressive direction their work would take in future. The arrival of Christian Saarinen on keyboards allows them to expand their sound and go for a blend of gothic metal and neo-Floydian material of the sort Anathema like to play, though I find this a richer and more interesting prospect than Anathema themselves usually are. Pleasant stuff, though a few of the songs do tend to be a little anonymous and forgettable and a little more variation in the sound might have helped make the album more distinctive.

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 Illwill by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.30 | 11 ratings

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Illwill
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Illwill' - Lake Of Tears (3/10)

To be fair, this has been the first I have heard of the Swedish gothic metal band Lake of Tears, and as a result, I have not heard the best that they have to offer. By all accounts I have heard, they have done some great work with the album 'Forever Autumn', and some of their other earlier work is quite good. Unfortunately, I have had no such experience with Lake Of Tears' latest effort, entitled 'Illwill'. Here, the band falls into a sorry category of artists who sport excellent production values and pretty of polish with what they do, but at the sacrifice of inspired songwriting and performance. Perhaps it was different for Lake Of Tears at some point, but here, the impression I am getting is one of rhinestones painted gold; a fairly mediocre hard rock album that the studio engineers have done everything to save.

Although going for a more accessible and melodic take on metal is not necessarily a bad thing at all, there is a point where things get so streamlined that it almost feels like an insult to the listener; as if they cannot handle much more than one or two half-baked musical ideas coming at them at once. The first four tracks of 'Illwill' help best to illustrate this; each being driven by conventional song structures, James Hetfield-wannabe vocal delivery, and guitar riffs that would border on drone music if they were made any more simple. With the apparent intention of sounding edgy, Lake Of Tears dishes out the distortion with each riff, but it never changes the fact that at their core, these ideas are incredibly tired even from the first spin of the album. With the exception of a few guitar solos here and there (that are admittedly quite tastefully done), it does not feel like the musicianship invests any soul into playing; even the drums seem there only to keep a sense of rhythm to the tracks, and nothing more.

Of course, 'Illwill' is not without its greater moments, and these almost always come in the form of the more mellow moments, where it ironically feels like Lake Of Tears has put most of their efforts into arranging and developing into something nice. After four pianfully mediocre tracs to kick off the record, 'Illwill' presents its fifth track, 'House Of The Setting Sun'; a doomy ballad of sorts which even for its plodding tempo and very mellow approach, is the most musically interesting track on the album. Besides that, Lake Of Tears unfortunately reverts to their cheesy gothic hard rock, which- to their credit- does get progressively heavier and more intense as the album goes on, but never manages to hold my interest even by the last track.

Despite one pretty good song and some solid production courtesy of whoever recorded this album, Lake Of Tears has come up short with 'Illwill' in most respects. Expect mediocre songwriting, uneventful execution, and a couple of interesting ideas along the way, and you may not be disappointed.

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 Greater Art by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.67 | 12 ratings

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Greater Art
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars This is the debut album from the Swedish combo Lake Of Tears. A band that never got any commercial break. A band and an album I forgot until I rediscovered it again after gathering dust since I bought it back in the 1990s.

Lake Of Tears went down the doom metal path on this album. References is Candlemass, Pentagram,Solitude Aeturnus, Cathedral, Anathema + countless other male vocals doom metal bands. The music also have some Celtic Frost influences. The music is guitar based with some additional keyboards. The tempo is sludgy and sirupy. In other words, doomy.

Doomy also means lack of dynamics and variations. In the case of this album, lack of any real good melodies too. The vocals is pretty tiresome. The guitars and bass is pretty basic. So is the drums. With the benefit of seventeen years since the release of this album, I get the feeling of having heard this music before. The title track is very good. But the rest of the songs are pretty dire. Hence I am not that in awe of this album. Sorry.

2 stars

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 Black Brick Road by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.60 | 14 ratings

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Black Brick Road
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars You would think from the band's name, the gloomy cover art and song titles that this was a Gothic release. Most place this band under that genre too but like fellow Swedes NIGHTINGALE (Dan Swano) this has but a hint of that Gothic flavour in the music. Heck ANEKDOTEN is way darker and more melancholic than these guys. For the most part these tracks are upbeat and catchy. Go figure.

"The Greymen" kicks in before a minute with vocals. Some nice guitar before 3 minutes. A catchy,uptempo tune. "Making Evenings" has more bottom end to it but it's still a toe tapper. I like the instrumental section before 3 minutes to end it. "Black Brick Road" opens with a dark guitar line as the organ and drums join in. Vocals follow. Lazy guitar with organ before 3 minutes then it kicks back in. "Dystopia" is upbeat and uptempo like the first track. Catchy stuff. "The Organ" is melancholic with organ (surprise). Reserved vocals join in. The guitar before 3 1/2 minutes soars.

"A Trip With The Moon" is again upytempo and catchy with synths on the chorus this time. "Sister Sinister" has some guest female vocals trading off with the male vocals. A fun tune. Gothic is not supposed to be fun people ! "Rainy Day Away" and the last track are my two favourites. This one has a full rich sound to it as he sings "Let's take a ride in my green machine" over and over. And yes i've taken many trips in the green machine my friend. "Crazyman" is the best track i've heard from the band. Maybe that says a lot about how i feel about them because we have a guest vocalist and a much heavier and intense sound here. How about an album full of songs like this ? Ripping guitar 2 1/2 minutes in pretty much to the end.

3.5 stars. I like this quite a bit but I tire of the catchy tracks really fast.

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 Forever Autumn by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.89 | 29 ratings

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Forever Autumn
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Forth album in their catalogue from 1999 named Forever autum is a less intristing relese for me as it was the prior ones. The sound was changing , don't know if in better or worse for them and critics, but in worse for me as listner, why??. Because this album is much mellower than the early works , even to acustic in places, is like they are bored to play their old metal from the first two albums and try something new ( a la Tiamat same period), I don't know why they turned so drastic from Headstones sound, who was a real solid album to this floydian metalic aproach. The album as whole is not bad, some good moments I can trace here like So Fell Autumn Rain, To Blossom Blue or Hold on tight, the rest are only ok nothing soecial in my book. Maybe they change the manner of composing because after Headstones they lost the guitar player and was hired another one Ulrik Lindblom and even a keybordist was invited to do hid work on Crimson cosmos and aswell here. Here we have some cello passages among traditional instruments , some flute arrangemets that gives a special atmosphere to the album, but even with these addings the album is not fantastic to my ears.The album is definetly more progressive in musical terms, than previous works , but less intristing, to much mellow passages. So I will give 2.5 rounded to 3 just beacause I like Lake of Tears and because is not as bad as might be at first listing, is the type of album that needs some spins even if is mellower than the raw materials from the beggining. Good album but nothing special as many said, even the cover art is less intristing than on prior albums, that shows exactly what is on the album, lazyness and sadness, no more Headstones or Crimson cosmos anymore.

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 Headstones by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.03 | 17 ratings

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Headstones
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars The best Lake of Tears album without hesitation

Lake of Tears is a swedish band who has nearly 20 years in metal field. In the beggining they play a diifrent metal than today, they were mostly metal with doomy leanings here and there and a little prog influences on some pieces - like on this album named Headstones from 1995. I bought the album when was released nearly 15 years ago and was very pleasent surprise as I'm still today. They were in first line then going shoulder to shoulder with for ex Crematory. The music sometimes remind me in places of Metallica, specially on some vocal arrangements, but aswell on some musical lines. I never thought that this band will be here in PA at progressive metal, but after a release like Forever autum from 1999 ( an later album in their career) they are for good reason here. Abot Headstones, I consider to be the best Lake of Tears album by far, both in ideas and in manner of musical creativity. Great are the key and piano passages, who are only as background here and there but on some pieces take wings and we have even a smll solo, anyway great very catchy and interlude excellent with the rest of the instruments. Another thing that I like here is the rougher voice of the main man of the band Daniel Brennare who fits very well in this kind of music, much better than on later releases when he is a little mellow and because of that a little boring in places. The best pieces are all with a plus on Headstones, Dreamdemons and The Path Of The Gods (Upon The Highest Mountain, Part 2). As I said the progressive metal elements are diffrent here puted on portative, not an usual prog metal band with lots of twist and breaks and complicated chops, but an intristing band that knew (not today) to create someting great in this domain without being boring or too complex. I will give easy 4 stars for this album, maybe another half for the cover art , excellent.

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 Moons And Mushrooms by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.17 | 16 ratings

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Moons And Mushrooms
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
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3 stars Last studio offering by the excellent gothic rock band Lake of Tears! It's one of their weakest offerings, but it's still worth the listening.

The style of the album follows the way of the previous Lake of Tears albums since "Headstones"... Maybe the main difference in "Moons and Mushrooms", apart of its odd title, is that this album is has less 70's influences, and it's more focused in authentic gothic rock, in the style of other nordic bands like The Wounded and Sentenced. This is a pity, because the thing that make this band so special, is their mix between 70's psychedelic inflences, 80's souding keyboards, and modern gothic rock... And that it's a bit diminished in "Moons and Mushroom".

But curiously, this album has two of the best songs of the band's career... I'm talking about Last Purple Sky, a strong and riff oriented gothic track, with a wonderful Magnus Sahlgren guitar solo, and Like a Leaf... This ballad is one of the best slow track this band has made. It remembers me to To Blossom Blue from "Forever Autumn", and there we can finally hear the hammond organ that the band used so good in albums like "Black Brick Road". Just for this two wonderful tracks, the album worth the price.

The rest of the songs are not bad... But under the usual band's quality, and they are not really new. Sadly, "Moons and Mushrooms" was the first Lake fo Tears album that has not surprised me with new ideas and sounds... Maybe the depressive and mysterious Planet of the Penguins add some new textures for the band (apart from the Status Quo bonus track cover...), but the rest of the songs don't do the same for me. They are not bad, and they are clearly over most of the actual gothic bands, but far from jewels that we could find in albums like "A Crimson Cosmos", or even the electronic oriented "The Neonai".

Best tracks: Last Purple Sky and Life a Leaf.

Conclusion: the final (and awaited...) incorporation of Magnus Sahlgren to the band, after long years of collaborating in their albums, was a big notice for the Lake of Tears fans... The expectations with "Moons and Mushrooms" were high, helped with a wonderful cover art. But sadly, the songs are under the awesome level of the other Lake of Tears albums, and the 70's and 80's influences are diminished in favour of a more typical gothic rock. Nevertheless, here we can find two of the best Lake of Tears tracks: Last Purple Sky and Like a Leaf, wich make the album plenty worthy of a good listening! Specially recommended for good gothic rock fans.

My rating: ***

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 Black Brick Road by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.60 | 14 ratings

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Black Brick Road
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
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4 stars After breaking up in 2002, releasing an album made only by Danniel Brennare ("The Neonai"), Lake of Tears returned in 2004 in top form with "Black Brick Road"!

If I have to compare this album with another Lake of Tear release, it would be "A Crimson Cosmos"... The return of the band, was also a return to the style of one of their better works, although it has also a lot of things in common with the later masterpiece "Forever Autumn", and the also splendid "The Neonai".

The style of "Black Brick Road" is the typical Lake of Tears gothic metal mixed with a lot of 70's influences... But this time, maybe even darker than before, being the album not so depressive like "Forever Autumn", but with more sinister melodies (wiht the exception of Sister Sinister, a very animated rock track...) The using of keyboards and the dominance of hard riffs is what makes "Black Brick Road" similar to "A Crimson Cosmos". Nevertheless, the amazing track Dystopia could have been in "The Neonai", just like A Trip with the Moon... The dramatic and retro-gothic The Organ, has the style of "Forever Autumn". The rest of the tracks have the Lake of Tears typical that they have made since "A Crimson Cosmos"...

With two exceptions... The funny Sister Sinister, a rock flick with a "sinister" female voice (courtesy of Ulrika Silver...) and an odd guitar solo. And Crazyman, one of the hardest Lake of Tears tracks, full with greats riffs, closing the album wonderfully. And also wonderful is the Magnus Sahlgren playing... He has played on every Lake of Tears album since "A Crimson Cosmos", and in "Black Brick Road" he made his better contribution in my opinion, shining in every solo he plays, giving an extra of quality and melodic feeling. It's a luck he is a full member of the band now!

Best tracks: The Greymen (since this first track, we can hear that the band returned with full force!), Black Brick Road (a classic sounding Lake of Tears track... I love the guitar intro, and they keyboard melodies), Dystopia (very similar to "The Neonai" electronic style, but maybe even better...), A Trip With the Moon (another catchy track, with wonderfull keyboards melodies...), Sister Sinister is wonderful too... And very good is also Making Evenings, the great slow track The Organ, the auto-referential and very gothic Rainy Day Away, the very heavy Crazyman... Sorry, but I love every song of this album!

Conclusion: after their short break, Lake of Tears returned like a phoenix from their ashes, offering their fans one of their better albums... Maybe "Black Brick Road" is not so brilliant like the masterpiece "Forever Autumn", but it's a great gothic rock album. Every track is wonderful, perfectly planned and produced, and with a wide range of moods and ambients... It's maybe the most varieted Lake of Tears albums, but also one of their most coherent, cohesionated and catchy ones. Strongly recommended to everyone!

My rating: ****

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 The Neonai by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.03 | 13 ratings

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The Neonai
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a special album in the Lake of Tears's discography... Because it's not a Lake of Tears album!

"The Neonai" was composed, produced and recorded only by Daniel Brennare, the leader of the band, wich was disbanded at that time... The lack of interest of the discography, and some personal problems made the band to have a break in 2002. But to finish the contract with Black Market Records they had, Brennare released "The Neonai" under the name of Lake of Tears. It was recorded in a rush, only by Daniel with the help of Magnus Sahlgren and the female vocalist Jennie Tebler.

So the sound of the album is quite simle, revealing the fast recording sessions... The keyboards have more protagonism than any other Lake of Tears album, and the songs have a lot of samplers, and the drums are made by a drum machine. Some tracks are almost techno, and they sound very artificial... But the most surprisingly thing is that they sound quite good!

And it's because the songs have a lot of quality... "The Neonai" was supposed to be just a commitment album, but it has a lot of memorable tracks. The rytymic Returns of Ravens and The Shadowshires are strong and melodic gothic songs, Solitude and Sorceres are two great ballads, in the purest Lake of Tears melancholic style. Nathalie and the Fireflies has some folk influences, like Forever Autumn's The Homecoming... And the rest of the album is also great: the catchy Leave a Room, the great riff oriented Let Us Go as They Do, the odd and decadent Down the Nile... After two great albums like "A Crimson Cosmos" and "Forever Autumn", Brennare managed to make another fine recording, wich will delight any Lake of Tears's fan, and every techno-gothic metal fan!

Best tracks: The Shadowshires (a memorable chorus, in a heavier style than the pr evious band's records...), Solitude (curious ballad, with an odd chorus...), Can Die No More (very catchy like the rest of the album...), Natalie and the Fireflies (I love this acoustic Lake of Tears themes...) and Let Us Go ad They Do (one of most "classic" Lake of Tears sounding tracks... Great riffing!!!)

Conclusion: "The Neonai" was destined to be just an anecdotic album, made only by Brennare and a couple of collaborators the finish a contract, and without the rest of the band... But it's surprisingly good, with a lot of coomendable tracks, and some memorable ones. I miss the rest of the band (specially the drummer, because I don't like drums machines very much...), and some of the tracks sound more repetitive than it's usual in Lake of Tears, but it's a very recommended album, specially to every gothic rock lover, who don't care to hear a lot of techno and electronic influences!

My rating: ****

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 A Crimson Cosmos by LAKE OF TEARS album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.69 | 17 ratings

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A Crimson Cosmos
Lake Of Tears Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars With "A Crimson Cosmos", Lake of Tears became the band they are today!

Leaving behind their most hard and gothic years, after two worthy albums (specially the great "Headstones"...) the band came back like a trio, and renowing their musical style. The growls were gone, and they were replaced by the special Daniel Brennare's clean voice, wich fit perfect with the new dominace of keyboards, and 70's influences. Of course they have the usual collaborations of all their albums, being the Magnus Sahlgren (who is a full member of the band today...) a specially importantant contribution to the band's renewed sound.

The album has a lot of Lake of Tears classics, like the prodigious Boogie Bubble, the beautiful When My Sun Comes Down, and the frenetic Devil's Dinner. In this album can heard the style that we the fans of Lake of Tears like the most, being one of the most special gothic metal bands out there. Although their best moment was still yet to come with the masterpice "Forever Autumn".

Best tracks: Boogie Bubble (one of the most genuine tracks of the band...), When My Sun Comes Down (great gothic and melancholic song...), Devil's Diner (funny keyboards, and very ingenious lyrics...), Lady Rosenred (this theme could have been made in the 70's... I love the lyrics too, they are like a trip of acid) and A Crimson Cosmos (another marvellous, psychedelic song...)

Conclusion: although this band is not prog, I strongly recommend their music... This mixture of nordic gothic metal, pop keyboards, and a lot of 70's influences is fine and very very catchy. Once you start to hear this band, you will not be able to stop. And "A Crimson Cosmos" is one of the peaks of their career, only surpased by the impressive "Forever Autumn".

My rating: ****1/2

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