LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE - The Grandiose Nowhere

Lacrimas Profundere - The Grandiose Nowhere

12 songs
42:47 minutes
***** **


Not many bands can claim to have been around as long as German goth rockers Lacrimas Profundere. Founded in the early Nineties, my first contact with them was their album La Naissance d’un RÍve from 1997, whose six songs made it to nearly one hour. A lot has changed since then. First of all, they were signed to Napalm Records right after this doom death metal record, and their following CDs finally not only shed the extreme influences, but also most original band members, with guitarist Oliver Nikolas Schmid now being the one who was there from the beginning.

The Grandiose Nowhere is already the ninth longplayer by Lacrimas Profundere, and like on their preceding efforts, they once again play accessible goth rock which at times sounds melancholic, but just as often comes in an upbeat fashion. The latter can best be heard on the grandiose Lips which would be an ideal candidate for a single edit, and Not For Love, both tracks with strong parallels to Sisters Of Mercy. Otherwise one can’t deny similarities with H.I.M., apart that Finnish goth superstar is much more popular. Can this be because the Germans’ band name sounds still too forbidding for some?

I have never really been a fan of dark rock, but I concede that Lacrimas Profundere are really adept at what they are doing, finding a perfect balance between melancholic goth songs and so called sad’n’roll tracks. Of course they haven’t reinvented gothic rock, but you will have to look really hard before you find another band that plays this genre with such a natural and carefree attitude.

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