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A Crimson Cosmos

Lake of Tears

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Album Review

Sometimes heavier, and generally more traditionally structured, Lake of Tears' third Black Mark release A Crimson Cosmos, turned out to be the band's breakout recording. In Europe (where the Lake of Tears brand of dour but traditional metal never fell completely out of favor), critics and fans finally began giving some respect to the group and their rapidly improving sound. Songs like "Raistlin and the Rose" and "Cosmic Weed" are some of the most musically satisfying efforts from the band. But strange numbers like the curious and hokey "Lady Rosenred" and other singalongs, like "Devil's Diner," almost go too far. After starting out with a debut marked by its aimlessness, the turnaround of Crimson Cosmos — released just four years later — is profound for sure, but not always comfortable. A continued improvement on the Lake of Tears sound, this 1997 release signified the beginning of a new musical chapter for the band that while imperfect, represented real improvement as well.

Customer Reviews

Instant Classic

This album is great. In fact, from this album on Lake of Tears is incredibly amazing. With Albums like "Forever Autumn" "The Neonai" and "Moons and Mushrooms" its hard to say the group did anything but improve, however, no matter how much i lisen to their new stuff i always find myself comming back this this one. It may be because this was my fisrt albumn of theirs. This albumn is not heavy metal at all. a few songs such as cosmic weed and when my sun comes down might be classified at metal but they are still good. I would suggest buying this one and every album they made after this one. However, i would not suggest buying the ones made before it, they are sloppy, heavier metal and not really the bands true talent. If your cheap and only want top buy a few songs of simply want to see how the CD is. I suggest Raistlin in the rose, my personal favortie, and boogie, this will give you a good idea of what this album is like. Enjoy

A Definitive Album

With a Crimson Cosmos, Lake of Tears took their musical style in a different direction that really defined them as a unique gothic metal band. This album is the heaviest of all their work in my opinion, with the lead almost growling on several songs. Of the tracks, some are heavy, such as Cosmic Weed and Raistlin and the Rose while other songs such as Devil's Diner and Lady Rosenred are lighter, maybe even whimsical. The vocals are, as always, a pleasure to listen to, and any fan of gothic metal should find something unique and incredible in Sweden's Lake of Tears. It's great to see iTunes adding more of their work.

Good album

not really all that heavy but still has some really awsome tracks usually I listen to other heavier bands but this is a nice change of pace it now. DO IT NOW!


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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