LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE - Songs From The Last View

Lacrimas Profundere - Songs From The Last View

12 songs
44:12 minutes
***
Napalm

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Lacrimas Profundere from Bavaria have been around for more than a decade. Songs From The Last View is already their eights album. They started in 1995 as a growling doom metal band, but the more they changed band members, the more they drifted into the gothic rock genre. Apart from guitarist Nikolas Schmid, there is no original member left on the new CD. Even vocalist Christopher Schmid had to make room for the still unknown Roberto Vitacca.

Their predecessor Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts showed already their predilection for Sisters Of Mercy, something which they can’t deny on the new release either. The new vocalist doesn’t sound as dark and deep anymore, so that the songs this time sound more subdued and melancholic. Tracks like The Shadow I Once Kissed, We Shouldn’t Be Here and a few others thus appear like shameless tributes to Andrew Eldritch. This hardly original mix of wave, gothic, rock and accessible choruses makes for more than a third of the material on the CD. Had Lacrimas Profundere been the first band to combine these elements, it would have been welcome, but their lack of own impulses finally leaves me cold. There are many more songs filled with sadness that you get the impression that the band is carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Especially towards the end, this negativity gets on my nerves, making it really hard to finish listening to the record.

I have never been overly fond of Lacrimas Profundere in the past, and probably had my share of wave gothic sometime in the mid-Nineties. And still Songs From The Last View is so far one of the band’s weakest efforts, with the numerous member changes not always having a healthy effect on the music. Instead of getting locked in the wake of bands like HIM and 69 Eyes, Lacrimas Profundere had better work on some own ideas.

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