Reviewed: July 2019
Released: 2019, Napalm Records
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
It is a double-edged sword when a band say they have, ‘evolved’. Either they have changed direction from their early work for the best, or they have found a new route which makes you wonder, ‘what the hell were they thinking?’
In the case of German group Lacrimas Profundere, I can safely say the group have moved on from their early doom days for the best. In their twelfth release, ‘Bleeding the Stars’, I came away feeling this was nothing more than a perfect amalgamation of all the right things that symbolise and perfect the crossover between doom metal and Gothic rock.
If you were to take the early days of Paradise Lost, when the boys moved on from their death/doom origins to make some of the finest goth metal, then added in bits of classic 90s Goth rock like the intensity of bands like London After Midnight or Two Witches, you would come back with Lacrimas Profundere.
‘Bleeding the Stars’ is beautiful because it reminded me of a lot of bands like Moonspell or Darkwell, so it is inherently European in its output. Second track ‘Celestite Woman’ is notably beautiful in making me feel like I’m watching a Moonspell show when the band perfected the crossover between black and Gothic metal.
Overall, this release utilises the best elements to go to when trying to deal with the darker side of life. If you’ve had a really bad day on the relationships or emotional front, whack on ‘Bleeding the Stars’ and you’ll be right-as-rain in no time at all.