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Headstones

Lake of Tears

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Album Review

Abandoning their doom and death metal affectations almost completely (and appropriately, for that matter), Lake of Tears take a more traditional metal approach on "Headstones." Released on Black Mark just a year after their debut for the label, this sophomore outing is a noticeable improvement upon Greater Art. The songwriting and recording is tighter, and in what would become a long-term trend for the group, the guttural chants of their prior release are refined, as more melodic vocals are used to create greater emphasis on repeating memorable choruses. This traditional, almost Metallica-like vocal delivery combined with more aggressive guitar work is an improvement for Lake of Tears. "Dreamdemons" is perhaps the best song on Headstones, but the material is pretty consistent throughout the recording. Far from being a must-have '90s metal offering, Headstones is a decent release from a group experiencing a much-needed musical evolution.

Customer Reviews

A great sophmore effort

With their second album Headstones, Lake of Tears showed that they had some great skill. Headstones was an improvement over Greater Art on every level--better playing, lyrics, and vocal style. Yes, the music is different and heavy, but it is a pleasure to listen to. Compared to their later albums, especially Forever Autumn, this is Lake of Tears' darkest work. I started listening to the band with their later albums and then came to this one. If I had started with this album, I might have written LoT off early; however, it's much more meaningfull if one has experienced their later work. It may be thirteen years old, but Headstones is a heck of a ride.

Biography

Formed: May, 1992 in Boras, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Lake of Tears first came together in 1992 when Daniel Brennare, Jonas Eriksson, and Michael Larsson left the death metal band they were playing in and hooked up with Johan Oudhuis. They recorded a demo in early 1993 which caught the attention of Black Mark Productions, who signed the band soon after. Their debut, Greater Art, was released in 1994, followed quickly by Headstones the next year. The band began to tour through Europe, losing guitarist Eriksson in the summer of 1996. They recorded a third...
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