Lake of Tears - _Headstones_
(Black Mark, 1995)
by: Gino Filicetti (
Straight out of Sweden come Lake of Tears with their sophomore release, _Headstones_. After the success of their last studio album, _Greater Art_, Lake of Tears have decided to break away from the production of Mathias Lodmalm (Cemetary) and Thomas Skogsberg (Entombed) so as not to be compared with the likes of Paradise Lost once again. However, the boys haven't done a good job of ridding themselves of the comparison. This CD starts off with a heavy and pounding Sabbathesque riff that makes you want to hear more of what this band has to offer. The music is of the slow, melancholic, gothic metal type, a mix of Cemetary and Paradise Lost. Keyboards and acoustic guitars add to the atmosphere and flavor of the record. I also hear the use of many old style hard rock arrangements in the music, the most laughable being the cowbell smacking drum intro. The title track has many interesting elements in it, very atmospheric with a deep, low voice mumbling words of unknown origin. My favorite track by far is the final one, "The Path of the Gods". This song has that catchy, rhythmic heaviness with the wide epic sound to it that makes it irresistable. Definitely a good buy if poetic metal is your cup of tea.
(article published 1/10/1995)
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