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Lake of Tears: Illwill

One word review time. Sound. Solid. Fine. Enjoyable. Decent. All these adjectives describe Illwill. It's a bit Gothic, it's quite rocky, and it's quite aggressive in places.

If I were to think deeply about this release I'd probably be worried about the band member who writes the lyrics as he could well be in the, "cold place," mentioned in the title track. It's not exactly a barrel of laughs in the world of Lake of Tears.

That said there's a great deal of quality on show, it sounds great especially the clean guitar sound and the odd unexpected twist as for instance when the band comes over all Pink Floyd on "House of the Setting Sun" that shows a degree of diversity which is always welcome.

Track Listing
01. Floating In Darkness
02. Illwill
03. The Hating
04. U.N.S.A.N.E.
05. House Of The Setting Sun
06. Behind The Green Door
07. Parasites
08. Out Of Control
09. Taste Of Hell
10. Midnight Madness

Added: November 1st 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Lake of Tears: Illwill
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-01 10:45:00
My Score:

Not sure what to make of the latest from Sweden's Lake of Tears. The gothic metal veterans have seemingly moved away from that sound here on Illwill, an album that has more in common with Motorhead, Iron Maiden, and thrash acts such as Slayer, Destruction, and Kreator than the gothic scene the band has toiled in for most of its existence. That's not to say that Illwill doesn't have its share of enjoyable tunes. "The Hating" is a speedy ripper that rampages along quite effortlessy with some tasty riffage, and "U.S.A.N.E." has an almost Grand Magus heaviness to it, but too much of Illwill just doesn't seem to go anywhere. Half the songs are around 3-minutes long or less, and just basically end as soon as they have started. "Behind the Green Door" though does offer up some wonderful gothic elements, and "House of the Setting Sun" sees the band dipping into some atmospheric prog, which is a nice change of pace. Otherwise, too much generic 'metal n roll' here to warrant more than a few curious listens.

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