So recently I was driving around and this guy pulls up beside me. I thought he had a pentagram painted on the hood of his car and figured that was stupid—how could you sell that later? Then I realized it was the H.I.M. penta-heart symbol (or whatever the hell it’s called). That struck me as much stupider, since H.I.M. is, well, absurd. I thought that kind of tribute was a bit much, but then I heard LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE’s new album and realized that recreating your band as a H.I.M. clone was even worse.
So H.I.M. has “Love Metal” and LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE has “Rock ‘n’ Sad.” I feel like I lost a sliver of my humanity typing that. “Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts” sounds like the usual Finnish suspects, H.I.M., TO/DIE/FOR, ENTWINE, POISONBLACK, FOR MY PAIN… and maybe more recent SENTENCED. Pop-friendly, simplistic, a bit influenced by 80s Goth and conveying an image of angst-ridden suffering appropriate for melancholy teenagers whose highest goal in life is to get tears tattooed on their faces. Vocalist Christopher Schmid has an appropriately deep croon, again par for the course but not remarkable. Apparently, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE used to have a more idiosyncratic style that mixed Gothic and Doom Metal but maintained an individual identity. So much for that.
Most of the songs sound a lot alike. Perhaps the only one that sticks out is “Sad Theme For A Marriage,” a mostly acoustic piece that’s also the best track. The rest of the time, the listener is hard pressed to separate “Shiver” from “Not To Stay” from “And Love Said No” by H.I.M. I apologize that I keep mentioning other bands, but with the absolute glut of this sound in the market, the only thing really remarkable about “Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts” is that it didn’t originate from Finland. Fans of the style and the hyperbolic imagery can give this a listen, but this isn’t even the best place to start if you’re new to the style. (Online July 16, 2006)