|Review: Lake of Tears - Neonai|
Label: Black Mark Productions
Year released: 2002
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: March 12, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
I always looked at this band as something that I could listen to while in a relaxed mood or with people over at the house that are not fans of the more extreme metal I seem to listen to. Their albums always seemed to be relegated to a pile of CD’s that I have that I have to be in the right mood to listen to. With this album being their last I was kind of curious how they would end their run. After giving this album a few spins I can safely say that they ended with a whimper rather than a roar.
I am not saying the album is a total waste of time, far from it actually since it is rather good in some spots. It is just that somehow I was hoping for more when you consider this being the last album. You would think that the last album you record as a band you would really want to make it memorable. I will say however that I do like this album more than I did "Forever Autumn" which I thought was entirely to light. There aren’t as many slow acoustic parts on this album as the last, which I thought started to bore me at times. "Neonai" still has them but it doesn’t seem to be an overriding theme. This album has me really split right down the middle (hence the rating. Heh). The songs I like I like a lot and the songs that I dislike I end up skipping altogether. Just as with all of their albums the talent of the musicianship is undeniable and the vocals have that sorrowful and slightly depressed feel to them. This however isn’t enough to save the mediocrity of the songwriting.
Overall this album didn’t do a whole lot for me even with the occasional very good track. Fans of the Goth or atmospheric metal may find something of interest but I would suggest at least to give it a listen before spending the money.
Favorite Tracks- Return of Ravens, The Shadowshires, Sorcerers.
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