Lacrimosa - _Elodia_
(Hall of Sermon, 1999)
by: Alex Cantwell (6 out of 10)
This is interesting, as it features the London Symphony Orchestra throughout its entirety, and was apparently composed entirely by members of the band. Of the eight tracks on _Elodia_, there are two kinds of songs: those where the orchestra performs the vast majority of the music and those blending Lacrimosa's metal/rock with the orchestra, sometimes to astounding results. All of the lyrics are in German, and the male and female vocalists both have powerful voices. They don't sound so good, though, especially the male vocals, but they certainly are powerful. The music is enjoyable, sometimes giving way to huge, lavish orchestral parts, and other times crushingly heavy. Another interesting thing is the fact that I had never heard this band previous to receiving this in the mail, and it seems that it would be quite an undertaking to hire the London Symphony Orchestra. Is Lacrimosa huge in Europe or something? How could an underground band afford something like this? Well, I don't have answers to those questions, but I can say that this is powerful music in its own right, and I would enjoy hearing a similar undertaking from any metal band who thinks they could pull it off.


(article published 12/8/1999)

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