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Ebony Tears - Tortura Insomniae

8 | 13 votes |
Release date: 13 January 1998
Style: Melodic death metal, Thrash metal


15 have it
2 want it

01. Moonlight
02. Freak Jesus
03. Nectars Of Eden
04. With Tears In My Eyes
05. Involuntary Existence
06. Opacity
07. Spoonbender
08. Evergrey
09. Skunk Hour

Additional info
All music and lyrics by Conny Jonsson.
Recorded by Tomas Skogsberg with the assistance of Fred Estby in Studio Sunlight.
Cover painting by Kristian Wåhlin.
Band photos by Petter Wahlbom.


Comments: 4   Visited by: 54 users
08.01.2015 - 18:58
Rating: 8
Jason W.
I picked this up during a massive CD order back in 2000, and really enjoyed how different of an approach it took on a rather familiar sound. It's a hard one to listen to on repeat and the production sounds quite dated now, though perhaps a remaster would fix that. But the addition of session violins on several tracks (by Lennart Glenberg) keep the curiosity there long enough to get a diverse feel (and a healthy dose of clean vox). "Opacity" was in regular rotation during a metal radio show I did back then, and "With Tears In My Eyes," "Spoonbender," and "Nectars Of Eden" are quite good too. The lyrics are self-defeating, negative across the board, but the high angst in every track keeps it far from hopeless in themes.
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
10.01.2015 - 21:53
Rating: 8
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by deadone on 08.01.2015 at 23:59

I used to play it regularly in 1998/99 - it was one of the first melodic death albums I brought. But I was really depressed then so it made sense.

After a while it got tedious and once I got my shit together it just seemed whiny.

That's interesting to read, and I wonder if my enthusiasm for depressive music will vanish as I mature (and hopefully...really hopefully) outgrow/get a new perspective on my depression. As it stands, I have been completely obsessed with Ebony Tears since I found them about a year ago.
18.03.2023 - 15:13
Rating: 8

Fav track Involuntary Existence
19.03.2023 - 01:12
A Real Monkey

I would happily worship at the church of Freak Jesus. Sounds like the most dope religion ever.
"Change the world. My final message. Goodbye."

~Last words of Harambe, seconds before he was shot, according to child he shielded from gunfire

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