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Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers : Swansongs

I guess the band name, coming straight from the "almighty automatic doom/gothic band name generator" should be enough warning. FT&WF. edge so strongly towards gothic-metal that I won't call them doom-metal. Mellow, slow and sorrow filled music makes - but also breaks - this album.

The album starts off great with the track 'Flowers in the Rain', which despite the heavy German accent, is one hell of a sad song filled with slow epic sounding guitar solo's (think Saturnus's 'Martyre') and sad spoken vocals. It does ends rather strangely with what seem to be samples of people talking about an election campaign. Did somebody accidentally leave the TV on during the recording session? From there on it quickly goes down hill.

The following 7 songs are a general repeat of the first song. The entire album lasts too long and has the tendency to put the listener to sleep. Lasting a massive 74 sleep-inducing minutes, 'Swansongs' is one of those albums that simply overstays its welcome. Where bands like Saturnus, The 3rd and the Mortal or Avrigus manage to create sad emotional music, FT&WF. misses this target completely. I would vote to create a new genre for bands like this called "yawn-metal". Which is a shame, as this band sounds like it has a lot of potential.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Flowers in the Rain
2. Waterbride
3. Fallen Leaves
4. Arion
5. Crystal Dance
6. Flowing tears & Withered flowers
7. Along a Dreamin Ocean
8. And I Drown

Duration : Approx. 74 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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