Fans of the band have kept asking for it for many years… now their call is heard: Swedish dark rock/metal pioneers LAKE OF TEARS release their first ever LIVE album, titled “By The Black Sea”, on January 31st.
„By The Black Sea“ includes the recordings of a full concert with 16 songs (Bucharest 2013), and will be available as DVD/CD set. Bonus material on the DVD is a “Making Of”, an interview and the band’s latest video clips „Illwill“ and „House Of The Setting Sun“.
In 1994, LAKE OF TEARS appeared for the first time with “Greater Art”, a good start, despite not showing the band´s true potential. But only one year later "Headstones" was released, an album that was hailed by critics and fans. The way for the international breakthrough was paved and in 1997 the band made this step with the "A Crimson Cosmos" album. The demonstrated musical range established LAKE OF TEARS with its unique sound, which still makes the band an exception today.
The next album "Forever Autumn" (1999) could not tie with all this success and finally resulted in the breakup of LAKE OF TEARS.
Because of contractual obligations to their former label, mastermind Brennare presented another LAKE OF TEARS album under the title "The Neonai", completely done just by himself. This release should mark the ultimate end of the band. But - as things sometimes develop - it all came different ... the fire was back, too many good ideas not yet implemented and the belief that LAKE OF TEARS had not yet unfolded to their full potential.
Brennare’s longtime collaborators Mikael Larsson (bass) and Johan Oudhuis (drums) were quickly convinced to continue with LAKE OF TEARS. A new record deal was a formality and with "Black Brick Road" they released an impressive comeback album, recorded and released in 2004.
Not quite three years later the Swedes went on with "Moons and Mushrooms" and continued their success.
2010 saw LAKE OF TEARS release “Illwill”, a varied album that featured an even broader stylistic range than before but overall was a little heavier than previous releases. But still the band’s unique sound reaches a wide audience.
Now “By The Black Sea” finally captures the Lake Of Tears LIVE experience. Enjoy!
LAKE OF TEARS - By The Black Sea
Release Date: 2014-January-31
LAKE OF TEARS - Illwill
AFM LP 296-1
AFM CD 296-2
AFM CD 296-9
Release Date: 29.04.2011
Format: LP/ CD/ Ltd. Digipak