Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Featured Today! "Xerath, Lake Of Tears..."


Hello L&DR listeners!

This week been crazy! The listening rates been increasing rapidly so fast that L&DR is close to the top 10 at the Live365 Metal chart! keeping this brief here's today Featured bands!


"Xerath"
Xerath (UK) - Xerath is a modern cutting-edge orchestral metal band – combining crushing metal riffs and grooves with cinematic symphonic arrangements. 2011 will see the release of Xerath’s second album ‘II’ – A huge and fully refined slab of Xerath’s unique sound, from the production genius of Jacob Hansen at Hansen studios… Xerath have combined the most brutal and technical elements of mordern extreme metal to offer you something massive, cinematic, heavy, groovy and ultimately epic beyond compare. Originally formed in 2007 as an experiment to combine film score with extreme metal – Now a fully formed and live formation – Xerath aims to remain on the cutting edge of prog/extreme metal. 


"Lake Of Tears"
Lake Of Tears (SWE) - Lake of Tears is a Swedish band, generally considered to play gothic metal and doom metal. However, their sound has evolved considerably over the course of their career, expanding to include psychedelic rock and progressive metal. The band broke up in 2000 amid creative differences, but reunited in late 2003, releasing the acclaimed album Black Brick Road. They released their seventh studio album,Moons and Mushrooms, in April 2007. Lake of Tears was founded in the early 1990s by Daniel Brennare, Jonas Eriksson, Mikael Larsson and Johan Oudhuis. Their first album, entitled Greater Art, was released through the record label Black Mark in 1994 and seemed like a plain tribute to doom metal still lacking the final polish. Lake of Tears wowed critics and fans alike with their second recording, Headstones, released in 1995. The music suffered important changes, sublimating the heavier riff-laden clich├ęs of the doom metal genre to achieve a more melodic and melancholic sound. The lyrics also went through important changes, betraying Brennare's preoccupation for fantasy motifs, also to be found on future releases. Lake of Tears' 1999 album, Forever Autumn, did not follow the trend settled by Headstones and A Crimson Cosmos, resulting an intensely quiet and introspective album. By this time melody had effectively eclipsed all traces of their doom metal heritage, also due to the brief inclusion of keyboardist Christian Saarinen as an official band member. Fantasy imagery was rife and the album's overall effect was sedate and sorrowful. However, having a more atmospheric sound, this album widened the band's fan base resulting in songs like Forever Autumn or So Fell Autumn Rain being most popular to this day. Because of personal and creative differences, but also because of the lack of attention the band received from their label, they went separate ways shortly after the album's release, though they were still contractually bound to deliver one more album for Black Mark. This being the case, Brennare and Sahlgren retreated to the studio to record The Neonai, a vaguely electronic album featuring a drum machine and Lake of Tears' most classic rock oriented approach. The resulting album was released in 2002, and ironically featured some of the band's most inspired songwriting and memorable melodies, even though it was hastily released as Brennare focused only on the songs that could have been easily recorded, without much effort. In 2003 the band reunited out of boredom, participating in several jams. They were quick to realize that the brief hiatus had reinvigorated their collective spirits, and began to tentatively compose the material eventually released on their 2004 endeavor, Black Brick Road. Feeling that Black Mark had failed to market them appropriately, Lake of Tears began shopping for a new record label, and eventually settled on Noise Records. The subsequent release of Black Brick Road found the band exploring fresh concepts - the majority of the songs are highly abstract in nature, focusing on emotional states and dream-like imagery over specific nods to fantasy fiction and narrative structure. Following the album's release, Magnus Sahlgren was finally accepted as a member of the band, making his almost five years association official. Lake of Tears released their 7th studio album Moons and Mushrooms on April 26, 2007. The album featured an increasingly heavy approach to guitar-work, unlike Black Brick Road whose melodies were primarily conceived via keyboard experimentation. The more aggressive feeling of the album is mainly caused by its being created directly in the rehearsal room, unlike the previous releases which were firstly written on the computer. This being the fact, the new release had a heavier, darker sound, while Brennare's lyrics continued to be vaguely melancholic and conceptual. A new album titled Illwill was released on April 29, 2011. 


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