I've been digging into the archives and found my own review of Lacrimas Profundere's
2006 album 'Filthy Notes for Frozen Hearts' and Peter's review of their 2008
effort 'Songs for the Last View'. I rated 'Filthy Notes...' at a 72/100 and
Peter awarded the German goth rockers a measely 52/100.
When Peter says that he's heard it all before he's probably not far off the
truth. And the same can be said of 'The Grandiose Nowhere', the band's latest
silver platter. See, it's a difficult balance. We'd all like everything to be
highly original and raise the bar for the quality of metal. This is of course
not realistic. And there are bands out there that are guilty of
unashamedly using the work of others and still produce something that leaves a
strong impression on the listener. I mean, look at Airborne. What is that about?!
You also have some bands that endlessly copy their own success and perfect the
recipe. Who can call Bolt Thrower original these days? And who would dare say
that they aren't one of the best f*cking death metal bands in the world?
This leads us to a band like Lacrimas Profundere. They use the Sister of Mercy
and the Fields of the Nephilim, they lean against the 69 Eyes and HIM, and
there's no way you can conceal it. Yet, their appeal is indeniably there and
it's hard to call them just copy cats.
The expression is characteristic, the songs are dark and melancholy, and still
catchy and varied. John Fryer's production is right on the spot, leaving the
guitars right where I want them: in the predominant spot in the soundscape.