They Say :- The Swedish pioneers of dark music, LAKE OF TEARS, have been a constant magnitude in the scene for many years and it’s hard to imagine it without them. Their biggest advantage is an unprecedented originality that serves as the driving force for them to pursue new ideas and to self- actualize. One thing is for sure: each LAKE OF TEARS album will sound a little different than its predecessor, but will be in no way of inferior quality.
The same applies to the new record “Illwill”, which marks the band’s return 4 years after their last album.
We Say :- One of the most recent arrivals from the excellent German record label AFM was IllWill, the latest studio album from Scandinavian “dark rock” band Lake Of Tears, following on 4 years after their 2007 effort Moons and Mushrooms. Now Lake Of Tears are a band who have not been afraid to vary their sound between releases, and this ongoing development has continued through to this latest album.
Musically Lake Of Tears fit fairly well into what would once have been called “hard rock” in the days before it was necessary to have a million microscopic genres into which we feel the need to pigeonhole everything. They write proper songs, have a cracking guitar tone, clean vocals and quite a knack for producing a catchy riff.
The album has a reasonable variation in the music, it’s always recognisably Lake Of Tears but they seem to channel different influences and feels across the 10 tracks that make up this release. There are definite elements of classic bay area thrash in the opening track Floating In Darkness, whereas the title track has a slower, heavier, darker feel with a snarling, angry vocal delivery that suits the song nigh-on perfectly. Good stuff.
The biggest surprise, for me, comes half way through with House Of The Setting Sun. After the metal edged classic rock of the first 4 tracks you suddenly find yourself listening to something which is clearly tapping into Pink Floyd’s psychedelic 70s feel. It’s a brave thing to attempt but the band pull it off with a considerable degree of success.
The thing that lifts this release above the ordinary is just the overall impression of, well, quality. I really like Daniel Brennare’s vocals, he has a hard, snarling edge to his delivery when called for but can also do the soaring-clean thing which is the mark of a proper singer. The way the band walk the line between thrash, classic rock and metal is another thing that makes this release well worth your attention.
Add all of those elements to some really well written songs, neat arrangements and a mood that swings from dark and brooding to fast and angry and you have all the ingredients for a very good album.