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Released: 2001, Nuclear Blast
A band called Lacrimosa releases a new album on Nuclear Blast and the cover is all black and grey with half naked women on it. You get one guess as to what genre this album falls into. Go ahead and think about it, I’ll wait...
Figured it out yet? If guessed “goth-metal”, I’m sorry, you’re only half right. If you said “weak keyboard drenched goth-slop with only the barest hints of metal” then you’d be right. Congratulations! Considering many of Nuclear Blast’s signings and releases of late, this should come as no surprise. That doesn’t mean that I have to like it though.
Lacrimosa is the brainchild of Tilo Wolff and Anne Nurmi, both whom look like they have arrived 20 years too late for Depeche Mode auditions. Hilarious image aside, the music contained within FASSADE is a tired mix of keyboards, pianos, occasional orchestral instruments (judging by the lack of credits on the album, I can only assume that these are programmed), and even less occasional guitars. The album just sort of slogs on at a slow pace in a failed attempt at creating “atmosphere”. The only song that breaks this trend is “Liebesspiel” which sounds like a Therion outtake Meh.
Actually, the album’s approach might have worked, if not for the hideous vocals of Mr. Wolff. He easily has one of the most annoying croaks of all and is really only tolerable when he reverts to his talk/whisper. Nurmi’s vocals, while good, are merely typical of the genre, and don’t stand out. This disc 5just isn’t all that interesting.
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