Lacrimas Profundere
The Grandiose Nowhere
Style: Goth Rock
Release date: April 30th 2010

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.

Thumbs up!


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)

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: May 1st 2010