Lacrimas Profundere – “Bleeding The Stars” (Steamhammer / Oblivion)
‘..this new record is like a new beginning for us…I cast aside the shackles of the last years in search of my musical roots..this includes my brother Christopher..’. Well, it doesn’t get any more dramatic than this, with guitarist / keyboardist / founder Oliver Nikolas Schmid (re)starting Lacrimas Profundere over as a 3 piece, while former vocalist Christopher now collaborates as a song writer. Recruiting singer Julian Larre (Lessdmv) and Dominik Scholz (Antiadore) on drums, Schmid completed the making of this 12th album with producer Kristian Kohlmannslehner (Hämatom, Powerwolf, Aborted), who was given the challenge of bringing together the band’s past and present sounds from its 26 year history, be it in doom death, goth or dark metal. Meaning ‘to shed tears’ in Latin, Lacrimas Profundere still very much lives up to its name on the 10 tracks making up “Bleeding The Stars”, where a moving melancholia pervades as the deep music draws the aforementioned styles in taking up different forms, offering something of a variety while still keeping to the band’s signature sound. Larre for his behalf shows his versatility in being able to accommodate gothic baritone, deathly growls and melancholically tinged soul all to great effect while the composing skills of the Schmids maintains the high standard we’ve come to expect in material that is highly catchy but heartfelt throughout. With an upbeat goth tempo driven by synths, ‘Father Of Fate’ provides a slick backdrop over which Larre’s suave goth vocals mix impressively with his more beastly tones – very lycanthropic indeed – before the guitars and drums take this into slightly more metallic territory while not losing any of the song’s dance momentum. Slowing things down on ‘Like Screams In Empty Halls’ as a heavy bass accompanies Jarre’s sultry deep tones (a la Danzig), the guitars exude more new wave grooves with some industrial like background vocals until a slow headbanging passage with dark drawls provides an interesting contrast before returning to the original style. Closing with ‘A Sleeping Throne’ the uplift couldn’t be any higher with its rhythmic drum work from Scholz, illuminating guitar melodies from Schmid and the deep, but stirring vocals from Larre once again, tinged with sadness here and there but utterly moving in every aspect. If you want to take a stroll among the stars in the dark of night, then play this album.