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Review of the Album "A Crimson Cosmos" by Swedish Gothic Metal Band Lake of Tears

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Release date: 1997

Genre: Gothic metal/rock with a progressive flair

Members/Personnel:

  • Daniel Brennare: vocals, guitars, lyrics, and contributions to the songs
  • Mikael Larsson: bass guitars
  • Johan Oudhuis: drums

A Style Change for Lake of Tears?

Lake of Tears, the band from Sweden that began their career being mostly a doom metal band ventured into a different musical territory with their 3rd studio album called A Crimson Cosmos.

About the Musical Style of "A Crimson Cosmos"

Upon hearing the first song "Boogie Bubble" you might be confused into thinking that this may be something that they ripped off of Stone Temple Pilots because it does have that alternative rock feel to it but this is well produced Swedish metal here. Stylistically, A Crimson Cosmos actually resembles the progressive rock style of Amorphis when they came out with albums such as Tuonela and Am Universum so in 1997 it was about the time when both of these bands were changing and or expanding their musical style. In this first song, it is possible to detect a vocal similarity to Ville Laihiala formerly of the bands Sentenced and Poisonblack.

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About the Songs

To say that this album represents Swedish metal that flows and works properly would be stating some sort of obvious thing, knowing that Swedes and metal do in fact mix very well and even when it is not death metal or hard rock, Swedes still know how to put together a fine finished product. “Devil’s Diner” is one of those songs on this album that has that catchy mid-tempo rock kind of riff as the song lyrically is about what the devil does when the clock strikes 12. In terms of the musical quality this song does not match any of the songs on albums such as Don’t Break the Oath but the key difference is that the song doesn’t have an evil enough feel or quality to it to drive a music fan away. “To Die is to Wake” is an instrumental song that dominates with the sound of the wind blowing. This one aspect is so clear and obvious that you can hear it well. The song’s main riff repeats and this can be one weakness though it does not weaken the album that dramatically. Though there is a good secondary guitar riff that complements the main riff which can sort of cancel out the weaker part. “Lady Rosenred” features both male and female vocal parts as lyrically there is a reference to fairies and there is talk of dreaming under moonlit skies. “Raistlin and the Rose” starts off with that symphonic, progressive rock feel but again, these guys have some work to do to make their music get into that elite category and to do that, they would have to write slightly better songs.

Final Thoughts Regarding This Album and Lake of Tears as a Band

Is the third time the charm for this band? You could certainly make that claim or judgement and you wouldn’t be wrong. However there are better metal bands from Sweden to listen to before you check out the discography of Lake of Tears. Lake of Tears is one of those Swedish metal bands that have moments where they excel in certain songs and then in some moments they may be just average.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Ara Vahanian

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