Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts
posted on 7/2006 By:
As steady as a ship on calm seas, Lacrimas Profundere releases decent goth rock albums again and again. While they started off as a doom/death outfit, their last four albums have been textbook European goth rock. With no growls in sight, the vocals are a standard-fare monotone and slightly-deep male voice. The guitarists play a lot of heavy chords, usually as a backing sound while their keyboardist plays an accentuating melody.
Filthy Notes for Frozen Hearts is certainly harder than their past few albums. They’ve backed away from some of the gloom and upped their rock quotient a few points. This is particularly true on songs like “Again It’s Over”, which opens up loud before predictably slowing down for a verse section. The song structuring is as poppy as you’d expect, and all the songs are in the 3-4 minute range, save one. However, the hooks are very catchy, as it has to be when writing songs like this. Songs like “No Dear Hearts” and “Filthy Notes” have a strong Entwine vibe in the way that they work the keyboards over the backing rhythm.
“To Love Her on Knees” and “Sweet Caroline” (which is NOT a Neil Diamond cover) turn up the musical energy even further, to levels unusual for this band, although the vocals act to tamper down whatever aggression they start to develop. They slow down the pace in “An Irresistable Fault” and “Sad Theme for a Marriage”, producing the kind of dreary songs that I’ve come to expect from them.
Filthy Notes for Frozen Hearts is a minor shift in sound for Lacrimosa Profundere, although not for the genre itself. They write well-crafted music based off of a well-worn template. Fans of Charon and Beseech would be interested in this band if they have not yet been exposed.
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