Searching for something as wonderful as TOT before the evil cd that is “Musique”, I found this album to be absolutely beautiful. I love the violin, and the sound is that of the old TOT. I say, let them be a rip off, if they do it good, and they do, so who cares. We can’t wait around for TOT to de-evolve back to the goth sound they used to have, and this is the logical step, we can move on. Keep the love for goth alive with TSOTB. There is only one problem with this cd, and it is the flow of female vocals (a little choppy, and almost forced), but I think that is just me being really picky.
Great sorrow from the Norwegian legends ULVER. Music driven to despair, all sad and solitary, written and produced under the threat of extinction. SHADOWS OF THE SUN, is ULVER’s 7th full-length album, the band’s most personal record to date. Low-key, dark, and tragic.
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I just received this album in the mail today. I put it in my cd player and I was instantly amazed when I heard the first couple of notes of the first song. Pete Johansen’s amazing viollin playing skills add depth and sensuality to the album. Anita Auglend’s voice is beautiful and angelic. Although this album is softer and gentler than Perpetual Desolation, it’s still an excellent album. I recomend it to veterans of the goth metal scene as well as people who are just now being introduced to this beautiful, dark and sensual genre of music.
I recieved in the mail both lake of sorrow and perpetual desolation at the same time and at first i enjoyed perpetual desolation more, but as i listened to lake of sorrow more and more i realized how awe inspiring it is, it is more piano and violin oriented than perpetual which makes it softer yet more beautiful. It is very comarable to Tristanias Widows Weeds, which is understandable considering they share a violinist. Overall, this disc is probably more played than perpetual desolation by me but id start with perpetual, then get this one.
I’m really quite astonished about how much negative feedback this band has received on Amazon. Their music is very beautiful, subtle and relaxing while at the same time maintaining a very dark edge a la Tristania and Lacrimosa. Their singer Anita Auglend has a very angelic voice and brings something different to the genre. I am surprised that Pete Johanssen, the violinist of this record, was never an official band member, considering he seemingly gets more time on the album than anyone else from the band. The growling complements the music well, if a bit unnecessary. My only problem is the guitars – TSOTB have two guitarists and they’re both drowned out for the most part. I wonder if that is due to the production, which comes off rather flat at times.
In terms of songwriting, the Sins of Thy Beloved write very long, epic-feeling numbers that really emphasize on atmosphere. Just after the opening growl on the delightfully chilling “My Love”, I already felt like I was dragged down beneath the surface of this lake – just ready to explore the secrets it possessed underneath. The title track is another great example of the quality musicianship these guys (and two girls) maintain. “All Alone” and personal pick “Until the Dark” both feature some great vocal sections, which are sporadically placed throughout the bulk of the songs, allowing enough time for the violins and synths to leave an impression.
Overall, I would highly recommend Lake of Sorrow to anyone who enjoys beautiful gothic music. I’m not exactly certain as to the whereabouts of this band – but I do believe they split a few years ago, as their website was removed shortly after the confirmed departure of Anita Auglend.
LAKE OF SORROW by The Sins of thy Beloved is a fantastic release by what, I think, is the best ‘beauty and the beast’ group around. Whats even more amazing is that this is their first major release. I’ve seen lots of ruminating by some reviewers that TSOTB, on one hand, was a poor imitation of the other T bands (Tristania, Theatre of Tragedy and Therion), although I can’t figure out how Therion fits into the equation, and, on the other hand, they’re not enough like the other T bands. I find it curious that different reviewers claim the opposite deficiencies. I think a review should be based, not upon what the reviewer would like to hear or read (in the case of books) but upon what they hear or read. This recording is a unit. It is either good , bad or in-between. I happen to think it is very good!I think you’ll agree the cover art work is also very good. It really sets the tone for the included music. Their are only seven songs but they average almost 8 minutes long. I rate no song below 4 stars and four at 5 stars. Clocking in @ 8:02 minutes ‘Silent Pain’ is for me the best track. Other 5 star tracks are ‘Worthy of You’, ‘Lake of Sorrow’, and ‘All Alone’.The music, which is Romatic,dark symphonic metal (beauty and the beast) style is well written and presented. The singing by Anita Auglend is effective, very pretty, subtle and haunting in keeping with the style of the music, which has a slow to medium pace. I get the feeling that Anita was holding back and is quite capable of more volumn. The instrumentation is gorgious and includes violin and piano playing both of which I’m partial to. The requisite growling is mild and not that offensive (I don’t like the growling) thereby, perhaps, expanding an accepting audience.I feel very comfortable recommending this to any person who has an affinity for any of the T bands (including Therion) and After Forever, Haggard, Penumbra, Within Temptation or any other so inclined band. A WINNER!