When talking about the release of the new LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, it was only logical that the self-proclaimed goth in the Metal & High Heels team would take it on. And maybe it wouldn’t be so bad that I have never before heard the band’s music…?
Melancholic goth rock, with a positive outlook.
The 46-minute-long album is a good and easy listen, goes by very quickly – suddenly the opener plays again and just then you realise, it’s been almost an hour (and you’re still on the train). The album that took three years to create is the Munich-based band’s first concept album and also the first released with new partner SPV. Singer Rob Vitacca wrote the story of a boy named Aramis drifting through a dark forest alone – an outcast, because he’s different than other people. But remember the title? Yeah, the album is full of underlying hope.
Musically, the album is dark and melancholic, with at times Doom-ish elements, other times with pop-influences. It holds a lot of strength even in the slower moments, with precise guitar riffs and intense drums. The title track is catchy with a positive undertone, which could still be heard even if the words “hope is here” weren’t in the chorus. ‘A Million Miles’ is a more powerful song that makes me want to dance and head bang. But the peak of the release is ‘No Man’s Land’, my favourite song on the record. After that, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE leans more toward the ballad side of their music, including some symphonic touches on ‘Awake’ and making a kind of break in the story with the instrumental ‘The Path Of Broken Homes’, which works as an intro to ‘Timbre’.
Overall “Hope Is Here” feels punch-the-air energising! Those punches are sometimes angry and desolate and sometimes they’re of pure joy. I cannot compare this release to the band’s previous work, so I can’t say wether or not they “have gone mainstream”. But sure, with a bit of luck ‘Aramis’ or another one of these goth rock songs could get some airtime on the radio.
Here’s the first single, title track and also one of my favourites on this record ‘Hope Is Here’ – warning, it might get stuck in your head!
LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE – “Hope Is Here” Tracklist:
01. The Worship Of Counting Down
02. My Halo Ground
03. Hope Is Here
05. A Million Miles
06. No Man’s Land
08. You, My North
10. The Path Of Broken Homes
12. Black Moon
How do you like the album? Which song is your favourite? Tell us in the comments!