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zondag 23 mei 2010
LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE: The Grandiose Nowhere

Release: 2010-04
Style: Gothic/Dark
Country: Germany
Playing Time: 42:19
Cat. N°: NPR 332
Review by: Danny
Translated by: Danny
Rating: 8,5/10


Rock’n’Sad is what they call their music and that seems like a good definition to me. It’s a mix of doom and gothic but with the emphasis on the latter. What an evolution, this band went through since their start. From a doom metal band, with grunted vocals and some classical music to create dark soundscapes, spun out over tracks of ten minutes and longer to a band that wants to enter the charts with gothic metal tracks that never exceed four minutes.
I don’t have any problem with their evolution because I liked every step of it, but I can understand that the fans of the beginning will follow some other bands by now.
It’s the second album with vocalist Roberto Vitacca and he certainly made the big difference for the band. His voice makes you think of H.I.M (yes, they always appear in a Lacrimas Profundere review), The Sisters of Mercy and even a touch of the late Peter Steele from Type-O-Negative.
The variation is put in with some details like a recognizable piano tune in “The Letter” and “The Fear of Being Alone” or a Hammond organ in “Lips”. The highlights on the album are for me “A Plea” and “Not for Love”, two of the heaviest tracks with the best guitarrifs of the album.
“Dead Heart Serenade” is the closest they get to ballad, but it still has its heavier parts. The album ends with an anthem like song “No Matter where you shoot me down”, which contains the best vocals of the CD. What an emotional explosion near the end!!
All of this has been excellently produced by John Fryer (H.I.M., Depeche Mode,
Paradise Lost)
Lacrimas survived a lot of line-up changes during their 17 years and nine albums, but they are now ready for their greatest step. They want to give the more commercial world and possibly the charts a try, but I wonder if their music isn’t slightly too dark for that. They certainly did it in Germany with their previous album “Songs for the Last View”. Only time will tell.



01. Be Mine In Tears 3:25
02. The Letter 3:53
03. Lips 3:52
04. I Don't Care 4:06
05. Her Occasion Of Sin 2:40
06. A Plea 3:08
07. Not For Love 3:20
08. The Fear Of Being Alone 3:11
09. My Little Fear 3:29
10. Side 3:47
11. Dead Heart Serenade 3:24
12. No Matter Where You Shoot Me Down 4:04


Rob: Vocals
Oliver Nikolas: Lead & Acoustic Guitars
Korl: Drums
Tony: Guitars


2010 The Grandiose Nowhere
2008 Songs For The Last View
2006 Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts
2004 Ave End
2002 Fall I Will Follow
2001 Burning: A Wish
1999 Memorandum
1997 La Naissance D'un Rêve
1995 ...And The Wings Embraced Us

Geplaatst door danny op zondag 23 mei 2010 - 20:03:09
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