Rating:
8.2
Lacrimas Profundere - Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts
7 July 2006


01. My Velvet Little Darkness
02. Again It's Over
03. Not To Say
04. No Dear Hearts
05. Short Glance
06. Filthy Notes
07. Sweet Caroline
08. An Irresistable Fault
09. To Love Her On Knees
10. Sad Theme For A Marriage
11. Should
12. My Mescaline
13. Shiver


Lacrimas Profundere once were an utterly interesting romantic doom/death metal band with marvellous orchestral references in their sound, something that was quite obvious in their very strong debut album "...And The Wings Embraced Us", their beautifully melancholic mourning opus "La Naissance D'Un Reve" and the lachrymose and esoteric "Memorandum"! As years were starting passing by though, they started incorporating in their sound more and more gothic elements, something that became obvious in "Burning: A Wish", more intense on "Fall, I Will Follow" and reached completion on "Ave End".

2006 arrived and brothers Schmid had promised to release their best album up to date, something not exactly correct, at least in my opinion, since it was impossible for them as a band to surpass the grandeur of their first period, but surely they managed to release a strong album and a worthy successor of "Ave End". From what you might have noticed from the reference to "Ave End", "Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts" moves in emotional/melancholic goth n' roll soundscapes with heavier guitars. It's inspired and for sure more commercial, giving to the band a chance to become more well-known, something they deserve after all, don't you think? The album is very good as i said above, but Christofer Schmid, the singer of the band, managed to change his interpreting way, something not so positive, at least in my humble opinion. This time he tends to sound at some times like Jyrki (The 69 Eyes) or even Ville Valo (H.I.M.) at others. He managed to leave behind, up to an extent, his personal and easily recognisable vocals, at least he knows how to sound really well even he tends to sound like someone else, that's something very positive in the overall negative expression it gave me at first. After a few spins though you get to leave behind the fact that you no longer get the satisfaction of listening to his beautiful personal voice, after all the fanbase of Lacrimas Profundere, the way they sound today, definitely enjoys bands like The 69 Eyes so i don't see such a major problem in the end. Nevertheless, in sound terms, they managed to keep their personal approach in music, something they always had, something i always admired in this band.

"Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts" is an album that won't disappoint the fans of melancholic/romantic goth n' roll (doomsters could stay away unless they enjoy gothic rock and such, this is not a come back to the old days) since it incorporates all these catchy and inspired at the same time melodies on the piano/keyboards and the guitars, vocal lines that make the overall emotional charge way more intense, whereas some female vocals make their appearance from time to time to add another bittersweet sence to the soundscapes of Lacrimas Profundere. The guitar work is highly influenced from the gothic rock scene, with just a heavier distortion, the chords are pure gothic rock if you ask me, something i totally enjoyed since those elements are important to death so as to put the term "gothic" in front of the term "metal".

All in all, i think that Lacrimas Profundere's brand new album shows a more mature face in the sound they approach since "Ave End", it's more affected, definitely emotional and catchy at the same time. It flows pleasantly for 48 minutes, leaving a good impression that will haunt you for some time. Proceed and let one of the finest gothic rock/metal releases of 2006 (along with Zeraphine's "Still", Scream Silence's "Saviourine" and Secret Discovery's "Alternate") so far overrun you with intensity and beautiful emotions. "No Dear Hearts"...

Highlights: The beautiful ballad "Short Glance", the wonderful and "Ave End"-oriented "No Dear Hearts" and "Filthy Notes", the mourning "Sad Theme For A Funeral", the rolling "Sweet Caroline" and the sweet "My Mescaline".

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Lacrimas Profundere
Album: Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts


 



Written on 15.09.2006 by
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dancingdecember - 16.09.2006 at 13:43  
this album doesnt deserve that point at all.get real
Yova - 16.09.2006 at 13:56  
at least not in a metal website
DerRozzengarten - 16.09.2006 at 14:15  
Written by Yova on 16.09.2006 at 13:56

at least not in a metal website


I will give it the rank I THINK it deserves and i won't care if this is a metal website or not, OK? Please, get serious, if i had put the review in a non-metal website i would have given it another rating and now i should have given it a lower or something because it's a metal site? Get a life This is an album from a former metal band and it deserves to be here! Still, it's heavy enough! Then Anathema, Paradise Lost and many other bands shouldn't get reviewed on metalstorm anymore and they should get a lower rating because they are not metal! Oh come on!
DerRozzengarten - 16.09.2006 at 14:29  
Written by dancingdecember on 16.09.2006 at 13:43

this album doesnt deserve that point at all.get real


Every single person thinks of an album in a different way, every opinion is subjective, so... i am real in my world and i don't need or want to be real concerning your world. Reality varies from person to person, so... Everyone to his opinion.
dancingdecember - 18.09.2006 at 19:10  
Written by DerRozzengarten on 16.09.2006 at 14:29

Written by dancingdecember on 16.09.2006 at 13:43

this album doesnt deserve that point at all.get real


Every single person thinks of an album in a different way, every opinion is subjective, so... i am real in my world and i don't need or want to be real concerning your world. Reality varies from person to person, so... Everyone to his opinion.




well you are right my friend.i just want lacrimas not to be a him clone with that diskografi on their side so i think if we show our attitude its better.if this is 8.2 than burning a wish is what?i just wanted to say that,but then again its your review and i respect that peace everyone
DerRozzengarten - 18.09.2006 at 20:14  
Written by dancingdecember on 18.09.2006 at 19:10

Written by DerRozzengarten on 16.09.2006 at 14:29

Written by dancingdecember on 16.09.2006 at 13:43

this album doesnt deserve that point at all.get real


Every single person thinks of an album in a different way, every opinion is subjective, so... i am real in my world and i don't need or want to be real concerning your world. Reality varies from person to person, so... Everyone to his opinion.




well you are right my friend.i just want lacrimas not to be a him clone with that diskografi on their side so i think if we show our attitude its better.if this is 8.2 than burning a wish is what?i just wanted to say that,but then again its your review and i respect that peace everyone


I know what you mean with the comparisson with Burning: A Wish, but in my point of view i didn't want to compare them because although "Burning: A Wish" is the album where the gothic elements made their appearance it is something different from the sound of the band on "Ave end" and "Filthy...", those two albums are a new sound era for the band in my opinion, so i wouldn't compare them to "Burning: A Wish" or something with ratings, just in sound differences and such. But yes, as i sad in my review as well, the fact that Christofer started reminding Jyrki of The 69 Eyes and Ville of HIM on the vocals it wasn't something so positive, but he does it well!
ChristianMetaler - 26.12.2006 at 20:53  
Lacrimas Profundere=EMO

Good review though! Very true!

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