Quite a few English bands have left their mark on the history of the Metal scene. In the Doom scene, bands such as MY DYING BRIDE, PARADISE LOST and ANATHEMA spawned their own leagues of copies and bands that were influenced by the music of aforementioned bands. Unmistakably, ANATHEMA has influenced the sound of LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE from Germany quite a bit, since the last two albums by this band, "Memorandum" and the more recent "Burning: A Wish" were seemingly heavily influenced by the ANATHEMA brand of Doom Metal. There is nothing wrong with this however, especially when you, like LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, manage to produce albums that are quite possibly better than the works of their English colleagues. "Memorandum" was pretty much comparable to the sound of "The Silent Enigma", and on "Burning: A Wish" some similar changes to ANATHEMA had been undergone, such as fading out grunts in favour of clean vocals. Anno 2002, with the release of the new album "Fall, I Will Follow", we can see whether LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE has continued on a similar path yet again, or has found their own identity.
The new album of the German band, and already their third for Napalm Records, features a very distinct LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE sound that sounds very familiar for the fans of the band. To bring up ANATHEMA right away, it's very clear that the comparison of the two bands is now something in the past, because the music presented on "Fall, I Will Follow" is much more guitar-oriented (although there are a few, very well-used piano parts on the album), and related to their old style. Basically LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE has somewhat remodelled their musical formula, moving slightly more to a Gothic Rock approach, but without making any drastic changes. Although opening track, "For Bad Times" introduces the album in an almost happy way, uncommon for a Doom related genre, the majority of the album is clad in melancholy. In fact, the vocal switch to clean vocals that already happened on the previous album seems to fall perfectly in its place now. In this case the band is strengthened by the good vocals of Christopher Schmid, who is a much better vocalist than his ANATHEMA counter part.
I think a link to another English band, PARADISE LOST, is more at its place for the current sound of LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, although the German band does not feel the need for musical experiments such as PARADISE LOST… well, except for the distortion of the vocals on "For Bad Times", and a much too long, very mellow passage on "Sear Me Pale Sun" near the end of that song. These are only two small complaints about an album that for me rolls from one highlight into the other. I think that if one band can claim the title as kings of Melancho-Rock, it has to be LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE. The quality and utter feelings of despair drip of songs like "Adorertwo", "Last", "The Nothingship", "Under Your…", "…And Her Enigma "… each of them tracks that are so beautiful that goose bumps are inevitable. In that sense the band has only grown stronger, and has succeeded to write an album that is continuously at an extremely high level.
Not only does LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE cast away the shadow of a band like ANATHEMA, they have found a style that not only shows progression, but also has enough connections with the past to please everyone that likes this band and any other melodic Gothic/Doom Metal band. It's about time that this band gets the recognition they deserve, because it really doesn't get much better in this genre than what is displayed on "Fall, I Will Follow". (Online March 3, 2003)