MetalBite Review by Jack on 4/29/2003
Now that we have the bright colors out of the way, onto the review... Lake of Tears
were at one stage apparently a 'metal' band (you'll have to excuse me if you are a big fan of the band; I have absolutely no prior familiarity with them), but now have delved deep into an abyss of bright colors, and dare I say... pop commerciality. What does this mean in laymen's terms? "The Neonai"
is a non-metal record, from what really does appear to be a non-metal band.
However for the sake of this review, I am surely not going to dismiss these folks for being non-metal. Hell no. Heaps of crap around the Metalbite block gets reviewed if it ain't metal. Doesn't mean its good, but it still gets reviewed.
is frankly one of the most oddball records I have had the odd pleasure (or displeasure... still no idea yet) of listening to. The first time with Lake of Tears
I was simply dumbfounded by the flower-power cover of "The Neonai."
The second Lake of Tears
experience I summoned enough courage to pop open the CD tray and slide the CD in. I have to give credit where credit is due here, and say that the music on "The Neonai"
matches perfectly the sort of musical experience you would expect to receive from a cover that portrays magical birds, bright rainbows, smiling suns, green gnomes, blue rabbits and mushroom houses.
As much as I am opposed to the cover, I can't really fault the music too much. The production is crisp, the guitars are full, and the vocals powerful. A lazy attempt to describe Lake of Tears
would place them in a moody 70s rock café with a lot of psychedelia happening. "The Neonai"
has hints of a gothic undercurrent, so perhaps it may be a record that gothic folk could get into.
To buy or just fly on by? In most occasions I would recommend the latter option, but there is an aura about Lake of Tears
(albeit a shiny and happy halo) that begs a listen at least. Lake of Tears
have a knack of writing some material that is actually addictive as it is sadistic. On your own head be it...
If hippies and bright colors are your thing, then you could really do with a blown up copy of "The Neonai"
cover. It would look ace (seriously, this record just demands to be pulled out a peace party protest over the illegal logging of a protected rainforest: it just has 'pacifist' written all over it). However, if trees, weed, birds, rainbows, and the 'environment' aren't your cup of eco-friendly tea then "The Neonai"
should be approached with a bit of caution. There are some nice moments, but possibly a wee few and far between to promote any real emphasis on a possible purchase.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10