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Where it all began... - 75%

zhay777, January 13th, 2014

Well, well, well, what do we have here? The first full-length album by legendary Lake of Tears. Although it is their first album, they didn't fail to intrigue every listener with this release. This isn't as brilliant as their following releases, but Greater Art is definitely a great album for listeners to get acquainted with the band.

Well, here isn't the magical atmosphere of fairy-tales-worlds, which is present in their other albums. Here the music is mainly inspired by bands such as Manilla Road and early Tiamat. The guitar sound here is rough and the tempo is mainly fast, but in some places here are the slow riffs, typical for doom metal, for example: the track "Tears"'.

Vocalist kinda sounds like Johan Edlund in his 'Clouds era'. Daniel here sings with a voice typical for a traditional doom metal band, yet here are tracks, which gives us ability to think that this band will say something new in the music industry. Such tracks are "Upon the Highest Mountain" and "Tears." These are superb songs with great atmosphere and melodic riffs, which gives the impression that those songs are on very different level.

The whole album itself sounds as of it's inspired by bands such as Saint Vitus, Pentagram, Withfinder General, etc, yet here are some things that everyone will enjoy: emotional singing, heavily distorted guitars and beautiful riffs and solos... Greater Art definitely won't leave anyone disappointed.