Lacrimosa - _Fassade_
(Hall of Sermon / Nuclear Blast, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (3 out of 10)
Anyone remember that song "Copy Cat" by Swiss act Lacrimosa? That was a cool song, one of my faves a few years back. But after that, I never really followed much else in Lacrimosa's career. So it was a surprise to me to know that the band was still around in 2001, having already worked hard for the last ten years to make a name for themselves. The band's new album, titled _Fassade_, is a poorly mixed assortment of choirs, gothic overtones and female chantings that seem to go nowhere. All of the music seems to be overproduced, with the vocals and other arrangements just acting as attachments to slick production (check out songs like "Senses" and "Stumme Worte"). There really are no intriguing aspects to the band's music, no real hook to draw us in. My biggest problem with Lacrimosa is their overall approach to the music they create. It sounds too pompous, too egocentric, and that makes me feel uninterested. No doubt there is a fan base still for Lacrimosa and I bet they all wear frilly clothes and drink wine by a fireplace each evening, too. Ugh! No thanks.

(article published 14/1/2002)

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