Lacrimas Profundere – Hope is Here (2016)


Slowly evolving into their current highly melancholic form, today we have Lacrimas Profundere and their 11th full-length release “Hope is Here”. As one of the marquee names of the Gothic Metal/Rock genre, this German band continues to improve with each release. The band does a great job in crafting twelve very bleak and gloomy pieces which are some of the most inspired songs the band has released in several years.

Opening with the mellow “The Worship of counting down”, the band is charismatically led by Rob Vitacca’s signature vocals and Oliver Nikolas Schmid’s guitar leads. This album instantly feels very dark and cold, drawing comparisons to the latest releases of bands ranging from Katatonia to To/Die/For. Keeping things interesting, the band always mixes up gloomy passages with hard rocking sections, allowing for tracks like “Hope is Here” and “Aramis” to keep things fresh and interesting.

Showing some more creativity that in their past few releases, tracks like “Awake” and “You, my North” feel a bit unconventional, but very well crafted to fit the unique flow of this release. In the Gothic-ballad territory, “Timbre” which delivers a very dramatic vocal performance with excellent guitar leads, and the more somber closer: “Black Moon”.

Overall, Lacrimas Profundere has come a long way since their ‘heavier’ days and has matured into a very versatile and engaging band. All tracks are quite well crafted and enjoyable for the listener, making “Hope is Here” an album with high replay value. If you like melancholic Gothic Metal/Rock in the same vein as current Katatonia, Antimatter, and even Tiamat, then you will definitely enjoy this release.

Band: Lacrimas Profundere Album: Hope is Here

Label: SPV / Oblivion

Release: August 12th, 2016

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Genre: Gothic Metal/Rock

Country: Germany

Rating: 90/100

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