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   LAKE OF TEARS
The Neonai
2002
Black Mark
http://www.lakeoftears.net


rating: 5/5

1. Return of Ravens
2. The Shadowshires
3. Solitude
4. Leave A Room
5. Sorcerers
6. Can Die No More
7. Nathalie And The Fireflies
8. Let Us Go As They Do
9. Down The Nile
My excpectations towards this album were probably unrealistically high, as I considered its predecessor, "Forever Autumn", to be near perfection. With "The Neonai" Lake Of Tears are musically somewhere in between "Forever Autumn" and "A Crimson Cosmos". If there's a band that can describe sort of peaceful sadness and melancholy, it's definitely Lake Of Tears. The songs are, a bit oddly, happy and sad, dark and calm all at the same time although, on the lyrical side, the happiness definitely is nowhere to be seen. The songs are kept quite simple and therefore they are a bit predictable, but there's lots of emotion in them. The keyboards are creating nice overall sound, and the fact that the "brain" of the band, Daniel Brennare is heading for trance music, does shine through a bit.

The opener, "Return Of Ravens", is a nice rocking tune with a synth background and a drums that sound like they were taken from a disco album. "The Shadowshires" is a natural continuation to the album opener as it sounds slightly similar and seems like the same formula was used for both of the songs. "Solitude" is slower and simply reeks melancholy, in general sounds like taken from the "Forever Autumn" album. With #4, "Leave A Room" the band goes back to the atmosphere of the two first tracks. A nice, oppressive chorus on that one. The next one, "Sorcerers" is a ballad filled with ethereal sadness and mellow, peaceful atmosphere brought by Jenny Tebler's beautiful vocals. In all its simplicity this is amazingly beautiful, fragile song. "Can Die No More" starts with haunting keyboards and they remain in the background creating slightly dark atmosphere to the song. "Nathalie And The Fireflies" starts out with rocking guitars but the song mellows down a bit as it goes on. Jenny Tebler is again doing backup vocals. "Let Us Go As They Do" and "Down the Nile" offer probably the most "metal" sounding guitars on the album, but it doesn't mean that they wouldn't fit to the atmosphere. The album gets it's finishing touch with a collage of older Lake Of Tears songs gathered together and mist-like keyboards alternating, as a farewell.

If it is heavy, melancholic, melodic, slightly psychedelic mushroom flavored rock with a slightly gothic touch, you can't go wrong with Lake Of Tears. Highly recommended.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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