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.