Flowing Tears
Thy Kingdom Gone


3.5
great

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
January 31st, 2009 | 32 replies | 8,239 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chick fronted gothic doomish metal from Germany proving the style of music isn't as outdated or washed up as Joey Fatone.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Creative and gothic metal don’t really go hand in hand like they once did. Back when Tristania, Theatre Of Tragedy, and The Third And The Mortal were prime time for crime time in the mid to late nineties, gothic metal was a refreshing new sub genre to jam out too. The mixing of doom and black metal with classical piano, soaring synth runs, and operatic female vocals was a success story boasting several unique and powerful entities to the growing metal scene. Nowadays, the gothic metal scene has grown enamored with soulless musicianship, generic and predictable songwriting, and mimicry resulting in several bands, too many to name, getting record deals and magazine whoring. For every Draconian there are thirteen watered down Nightwish’s, Tristania, and Xandria’s running around town like Tropic Thunder‘s Special Jack. It’s quite amazing to think that in college or high school when you plagiarized something you would generally receive a detention, a referral, or in college something more serious. Well the music world is littered in dumb-asses who find it necessary to get famous from completely aping somebody’s sound. This is where Flowing Tears comes in. Are you ready to get your Goth on because I’m ready to get my Goth on.

Flowing Tears was brought into my attention not too long ago by our resident dweller of darkness Jrowa who recommended me give this band a try. The German based outfit sounded appealing to me but it wasn’t until I heard the 2008 release “Thy Kingdom” that I was sold. While not completely original in scope, Thy Kingdom provides the potential for the genre to expand upon past limitations and incorporate new ideas. Unlike most others of this ilk, Flowing Tears show a large focus towards songwriting. Everything from the guitar melodies and riffs to the vocals and tasteful piano/ambient keyboard effects sound like they were given enough time to strengthen the music instead of coming off as uninspired filler. Thy Kingdom Come features a rather impressive display of loud to soft dynamics which work out pretty well and leave a sense of the unexpected to the listener.

The structure of the music seems to take much of its influence from the second wave of doom. Most notably Gothic era Paradise Lost, Nightfall era Candlemass, and even a bit of Third And The Mortal thrown in for good measure. I’m assuming the brains behind this operation is Benjamin Buss who along with playing guitar is responsible for piano, keyboards, programming, backing clean/harsh vocals, and most likely writing all of the music. Starting with the guitars. The riffs hit hard which I found pleasant considering guitars are generally a low point in a gothic/symphonic metal bands, Nightwish, After Forever, etc. The Candlemass and Paradise Lost influence is quite apparent as many of the slow to mid paced chugging patterns resemble those of the doom giants. Harmonies are excellent and merge perfectly with subtle keyboard melodies that underline the music instead of overpowering it. Solos also boast considerable skill and pave way nicely to the vocal talents of Helen. As a vocalist, I’d say her voice is quite distinct even though I hear similarities to a few other singers. Picture somebody who blends elements of Sarah Jezebel Deva, Riina Rinkinen, and even a few Christina Scabbia vocal patterns in the mix with her own voice and you sir probably have no clue how she sounds. Hell, on the track “Colossal Shaped Despair” Helen feeds off an impressionable chick version of Messiah Marcolin. Overall her voice is pretty heavy and powerful, a far cry from your general run of the mill siren whos ethereal pitch ushers in feelings of depression and boredom.

The drumming and bass playing form a solid rhythm foundation despite trudging through doom metal formations on a constant basis. The tempos are generally slow to mid paced at best often sacrificing speedy blast beats and pulverizing double bass for feeling and clarity. The instrumentation and vocals are wrapped up in fresh, baby face production which essentially means spit-polished and glossy. This doesn’t detract from the aggression at all though because when the male growls play off with the crunching wall of METAL! The effect is heavier than hell. Standout tracks include “Souls Of The Neon Reign and the incredible piano driven semi ballad “Kismet“. I feel no need in recommending this album to people because if you already enjoy this style of music then you should be on this like a fat kid on a cupcake. Or if you’re just out drinking and driving with your bro’s and want to pick up some Gothic honeys aside the local renaissance fair/ Lacrimosa concert then by all means acquire this. I for one settle with both, option A. and B.



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Willie
Moderator
January 31st 2009



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If heard this but I don't remember liking it. I'll give it another chance

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BallsToTheWall
January 31st 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

??? I'm assuming you heard this before but didn't like it. It's basically a mix of Angtoria with Paradise Lost. How was the review, I feel good about the second paragraph which I generally never too antsy about.

rasputin
January 31st 2009



14520 Comments


Some of your sentences are a little awkward.

Well the music world is littered in dumb-asses who find it necessary to get famous from completely aping somebody’s sound.

which work out pretty well and leave a sense of the unexpected to the listener.

All of the instrumentation is swooned upon fresh, baby face production which essentially means polished and accessible.


You really need to be careful with your apostrophes as well, here's two that I noticed.
The structure of the music seems to take much of it’s influence

from your general run of the mill siren who’s ethereal pitch ushers in feelings of depression and boredom.


EndlessClockwork
January 31st 2009



53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard the Serpentine album by them, and remember it being pretty decent. Is their sound still somewhat the same?

I listened to Kismet on their myspace and liked it so I'll try to check this out.

Good review as usual.This Message Edited On 01.31.09

BallsToTheWall
January 31st 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd say i've gotten pretty lazy since 11/26, and I always felt I abused the apostrophe so thanks for clearing that out. I was stumped with your second quote but couldn't find a suitable replacement.

rasputin
January 31st 2009



14520 Comments


'a sense of the unexpected to the listener' just doesn't make any sense

Willie
Moderator
January 31st 2009



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

your assumption was right. When I'm typing through my iPhone I mess up sometimes. The review was ok, I think Rasputin hit on the main issues.

BallsToTheWall
January 31st 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I never really did well in English so I am not suprised i'm still haunted by simple mistakes and grammatical errors. I know what I was trying to say for that section but couldn't put it in words. I'll attempt to try and fix it.

jingledeath
February 1st 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yup this is pretty awesome, really digging Souls of the Neon Reign and Orchidfire.This Message Edited On 02.01.09

BallsToTheWall
February 1st 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a BIT HAPPIER NOW SOMEBODY GAVE IT A TRY.

AngelPhoenix
February 5th 2009



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A 3.5 is the exact right score for this. Some of it is really boring/useless, but some of it is genius.

jingledeath
February 6th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

holy crap the singer is really really hot!

BallsToTheWall
February 6th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed she is hot. I thought this would be a bit more receptive but it's good to see you guys like it.

jingledeath
February 6th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I guess Gothic metal isn't as appealing as it used to be. If only the album cover had a picture of the singer...

jrowa001
February 6th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah 3.5 is a good score for this. this album def breaks away from the cliche and stale gothic metal scene but some of it doesnt work. overall i love the vocals and the mood of this album

jrowa001
February 6th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah gay double postThis Message Edited On 02.06.09

Willie
Moderator
February 6th 2009



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok Balls, I checked their new album out even though I've never really been into this band. Her voice is too deep in places and it sounds kind of cheesy when it gets that way. The music is also a bit too... I don't know... "standard" for this style (IMO).

Edit: People into this would probably love Lullacry.This Message Edited On 02.06.09

BallsToTheWall
February 6th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Guitars are more than standard. Meh, to each his own. I like this and don't really like Daughter Darling, and you like Daughter Darling and don't like this. Constant cycle i'd say.

Willie
Moderator
February 6th 2009



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol, of course. We don't have to like everything the other one likes. It just seems to work out that way most of the time.

BallsToTheWall
February 6th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whats hilarious about this is we both listen to or like the similar music but like different bands more.



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