Well, I did like H.I.M, I thought they were pretty cool way back in 2000. I liked the darker, yet not too dark atmosphere and the nice combination of Rock and Metal. Then something bad happened to H.I.M, Bam Margera got a hold of them and then the hipsters followed and H.I.M was blown up and made some high-charting hits and then started pumping out mediocre (but not bad) albums.
What's the point of this history lesson? Well, it's to flesh out the direction that LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE have taken. Moving faaar away from their slow Doom-laden roots to a more accesible Goth-Rock approach a la H.I.M, focusing more on the Teenage-Goth crowd and less on complex writing and song structures.
Is this music bad? No, certainly not, I dug some tunes on "Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts". Like the slow and catchy "My Mescaline", with its good piano groove and somber atmosphere. There's also "Sweet Caroline" that is pretty cool, but the best track on the album is the great acoustic and most origional track "Sad Theme For A Marriage". It stands out as the only track that really changes things up a bit.
So, this is pretty standard Goth Rock for the fans of H.I.M 69 EYES, POISONBLACK, etc. etc. Is it the best in the genre? No, it's not, but it's stil enjoyable and has its high parts, if you're a vet of this genre then this is a pretty decent purchase, but I have a hard time recommending it for Noobs of the Goth Rock scene, for there is a lot more and a lot better, out there. (Online September 29, 2006)