Interview with Johan Oudhuis for our site…

"A woman who is under 1,40 meters, a man who is under 1,50 meter, are both dwarfs. At least by our standards."

- So, the first question, I think, is the standard one. How do you evaluate the past 2013 for Lake of Tears? What was this year best remembered for? What disappointed you?..

- Hmm…had to think for a while. Seems so distant all of a sudden. Not that much happened in 2013, really. Too slow progress with new material, and something of a lost year musically in some ways. Maybe. But there is a better feeling for 2014 I think. We did a couple of shows, in Germany, Romania and Dubai. I might have forgotten some? As the year it self wasn´t very satisfying it´s hard to point to any specifik disappointment…

- I know that you enjoyed your visit to Arab Emirates, namely Dubai. It must be like a journey from winter to summer:) Please, tell a little bit more about this trip.

- Yes, literally very much so… Arrived at the airport in the usual outfit with boots, jeans and leather jacket. Was very hot indeed. The show was at a club in a Holiday inn hotel. The audience wasn´t very great in numbers, but they were great. People had travelled from both Syria and Kuwait to attend the show. It´s interesting how music seems to be able to really cross borders and speak to people, regardless of cultural background. The day after the show we had some time on our hands, so Daniel and me went with some of the nice people on a trip to the desert. A good feeling, almost like being by the sea. But less wet.

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Premiere audio version “The Shadowshires”


Premiere audio version of the composition LAKE OF TEARS – "The Shadowshires" from the live album "By the Black Sea" on "Radio of Russia" in the "Sight" of February 24, 2014.

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Daniel for the Hungarian site…

Interview with Daniel for the Hungarian site… Enjoy!
„…we are not completely stuck within a certain way of musical expression” 
Sweden’s Lake Of Tears has started as a doom metal band back then. Nowadays they’ve been setting melancholy to music – sometimes sounding a bit heavier, sometimes a bit mellower. Most recently, they have brought out their very first live release in their more than twenty years of existence. One might think not that much has happened to the band since the last studio record Illwill (2011), and yet there’s quite a lot to recall from this time period of nearly three years. So that’s what the mastermind of the band, Daniel Brennare did. (Originally, this interview has been published on the Hungarian web site.)

- Your very first live material By The Black Sea (CD / DVD) is coming out on 31 January. Why did you decide to come up with such a release now? What made you feel the time was right for it?
- There is no grand master plan behind By the Black Sea, really. We were presented with the idea and opportunity to record the show and decided to go with it. So, the same thing goes for the timing. Although it was a while now since our last album, so I guess it fits good. But I think we could have chosen Bucharest if it was planned ahead anyway. We have a very good audience in Romania, and have done several shows there. This was our third one on that venue having previously done both headline and co-headline shows. This recording is of a co-show with Hypocrisy under the banner of Metal Head Meeting.
- Have you ever, in fact, been to the Black Sea (either on tour or as a private person on holiday? Or is Bucharest the closest you ever got to it?

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