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Lake Of Tears
Moons and Mushrooms
Released: 2007, Dockyard 1/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Lake of Tears is a Swedish act founded at the beginning of the 90’s and debuted in 1994 with the album GREATER ART. The band was put on ice after the release of THE NEONAI in 2002 and didn’t release an album until BLACK BRICK ROAD two years later. MOONS AND MUSHROOMS is the band’s 7th album and it’s an unholy mix of stoner metal and melancholic sad rock spiced with psyhadelic influences.
I love this musical style, and this could have been a great album, but it isn’t. For some reason the production and the music sounds like leftovers from the beginning of the 90’s and lead singer Brennare only screams or whisper his parts. Unfortunatley, the material suffers from the same disease as the production. The major part of the songs feels generic and pale and not many songs appeal to my taste to be honest. I can’t pick any song that fits into the killer tracks area and even though the music is neatly executed the album lacks heart and soul.
The band has things to work on before I even consider buying an album of theirs. Before you release the next album please work harder on the lead vocals, please produce it better and put some energy, heart and soul into the material; if you do that I think you have a shot with the big guys in this genre.
1. Last Purple Sky
2. Island Earth
3. You Better Breathe While There’s Still Time
4. Waiting Counting
5. Like A Leaf
6. Children Of The Grey
7. Head On Phantom
8. Planet Of The Penguins
Daniel Brennare – lead vocals
Mikael Larsson – bass
Johan Oudhuis – drums
Magnus Sahlgren – guitar
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