If you’re playing a Metal genre, which seems to be exhausted like Gothic Metal that LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE play, you have to be inventive to stand out of the crowd. LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE have just created an own niche, they call it “Rock’n’Sad”, which I think is not so properly, because when I think of records like “I Will Follow” or “Burning: A Wish”, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE play a more happy sound, in my opinion.
“Again It’s Over” is supposed to be the appetizer for their upcoming album “Filth Notes For Frozen Hearts” and they managed it to engage producer John Fryer, who has already worked with acts like HIM, NINE INCH NAILS or DEPECHE MDOE. So, how do LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE fit into this picture? Okay, you can compare them with HIM because singer Christopher Schmid carries some similarities with Ville Valo.
The songs themselves are simply structured, without many technical tricks and they are very catchy. Already the opener and title track “Again It’s Over” is an ear-candy with its calm verses and the heavy guitars in the chorus. Okay, this sounds not really inventive but hey, it sounds good. “Gallowsong” and “To Watch Her While She Wipes Her Eyes” witness that the German Gothic rockers still are able to write gloomy and slow songs, though “Gallowsong” could be also from HIM.
Besides “Again It’s Over”, there is another album track on this MCD, which is “To Lover Her On Knees” and it’s as great as the title track. Altogether, I think this MCD - including six tracks, three of them, which won’t be on the regular album and two versions of “Again It’s Over” - is very well done, though you can surely criticise the lack of originality. You have to judge for yourself if a MCD is necessary but this one is surely a worthy one. (Online August 31, 2006)