Lacrimosa
Echoes


4.5
superb

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2007 | 19 replies | 7,761 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A modern Gothic master piece. Classical elements blended with traditional instruments to perfection.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Now, although I have only had this album for two days, this album has left quite a mark upon my ears with this inspired piece of music. I don’t know much about the band or what they have produced in the past. You see, I was at the local F.Y.E and found this album for 8 bucks. It had been labeled hvy mtl, so I was hooked. I had never heard of them but decided to jump on to this after passing this up many times.

I was somewhat misinformed when purchasing this album. I was expecting this to be a hard rocking, metal album. Instead, I found no blast beats, no double bass, and no harsh vocals. Instead, I found an epic piece of music that layers elements of Classic into modern gothic culture, with traces of metal to be found here and there. The beauty of this album could be passed off to some dramatic foreign film and be used as a score.

Lacrimosa had formed in Germany around the 1990's. The German influence can be felt as the vocal work is primarily written and sung in their native language courtesy of Tilo. Tilo Wolf has been the master mind behind this group since the early days, until Anne Nurmi had joined the band in 1994. This album blends many styles of music, ranging from Classical, Heavy Metal, and the wide usage of Orchestra and symphonic elements into a mixed bag of various influence. Now, I know there are quite a few bands capable of pulling these ideas into music. Can this band pull off what they strive to create? The answer is yes. As I said before, Lacrimosa is a band filled with a wide variety of instrumentation. Ranging from an all out orchestra to flutes, piano, violins, and other classical instruments that sets the emotion on a high scale of excellence. Lacrimosa excels at creating stirring music. The opener, "Kyrie - (Overture)" is a 13 minute instrumental that gives the listener a view of what to expect. The length of this album comes in at a lengthy 8 tracks to 70 minutes. Not once does this album bore the listener. Tilo and Anne captivate the listener with making no compromises in their music. They go over the top creating bombarding sounds capes with their music. Everything is loud, epic, beautiful and to the point, haunting.

Vocal work, while being present, does not out do the music for top spot. There are more instrumental sections than their is singing for better or worse. In this case, these two areas are given separate treatment, leaving a greater impact towards the music. There are female and male vocals that are present on this disk. Tilo has a strong voice, relying on the high notes and the lower pitched singing style that has a baritone quality to it. Anne has an angelic voice she uses from occasionally to full extent as demonstrated on the track “Apart” which is sung in English. This song has a slower pace and is very soothing thanks to a sterling vocal performance from Anne along with the music providing the rhythm. An edge that greatly benefits this disk is that the vocals are sung in the German language for the most part. This adds a European feel to the music, very smooth and calming that adds unique qualities that are different from what I’m used to hearing. Outside the non traditional instruments, there is some instrumental play from the basic instruments. There was no drummer for this record so the drums were programmed into the mix. Still effective though, providing a rocking beat at a steady pace throughout. The guitar work occasionally chugs away, providing a smooth rhythm behind the classical nature of the music. Solos can be found scattered throughout. Although few in number, the restraint of over doing this element benefit’s the band and the music. When heard, they leave a numbing effect upon the listener, especially during the 23 minute epic closer “Die Schreie Sind Verstummt”. A fitting end for such a well executed album.

The production was mastered to full extent on this album. Clear and pristine, everything can be heard together. The orchestra is booming, the piano is played to a grand scale, and the vocals are in key and loud enough in the mix to enjoy whether or not you understand a word of German. This is an album that people that love music in general should definitely check out. Regardless of what kind of mixed genres you enjoy, you can count on this album of leaving a mark on you. A very calming album filled with musical joy is what you will find here. An album I would have never listened to if I never decided to pick this up. An album worthy of adding to your music collections.

Tilo Wolff (vocals)
Anne Nurmi (keyboards, vocals)

Pros:
- Vocals are unique and highly interesting.
- Instrumental Sections leave quite an impression.
- Solos are limited but leave a greater impact.

Cons:
- Length might turn some off



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2007



15728 Comments


I don't know about writing a review 2 days after you got the album, but still a nicely done review.

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Jerrydavidson
December 2nd 2007



102 Comments


I wanna check this out

BallsToTheWall
December 2nd 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An excellent album indeed. Yeah, two days is a rush, but connected with this album right away.

Confessed2005
December 2nd 2007



3314 Comments


Sounds pretty unique. I might check it out (wow, on how many reviews have I said that?)

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2007



16301 Comments


This sounds fairly interesting.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

BallsToTheWall
December 2nd 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love buying albums blind. None have failed me. But yeah, this is some pretty cool stuff that people should check out. Actually never heard of this band until friday.

Slaytan
December 2nd 2007



1186 Comments


I might check it out (wow, on how many reviews have I said that?)

Ditto, haha. Nice review too.


Remembrance
December 2nd 2007



45 Comments


As always you review a band i did not hear of balls, and as always i'll check it out... You have a great taste for music mate.This Message Edited On 12.02.07

Epilogue
December 2nd 2007



1590 Comments


Wow, sounds extremely interesting. Shall check out, I will. Great review too :thumb:

BallsToTheWall
December 2nd 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you Epiloque and Rememberance, everybody else as well. You guys should check this out for sure.

Epilogue
December 2nd 2007



1590 Comments


Hmm...the guys voice may take some time to sink in, but other than that, some very awsome work going on here. I love that classical piece, too.

BallsToTheWall
December 2nd 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's a grower, for me though it just took 1 full listen to adjust to his voice. Definetly worth it, cool album. Going to look at their other stuff along with Therion.

Shattered_Future
December 5th 2007



1540 Comments


Therion is fantastic. I'm actually suprised at this too...most gothic metal bands try to mix that "film score" sound with heavy metal and end up with one or the other (or both) elements not sounding very good (unless you're After Forever), but the first track wouldn't sound out of place in a Lord Of The Rings movie. Which is a very good thing in my book, mind you. Will check out the rest tonight.

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Therion's Vovin is a masterpiece in my eyes. Just dont know what other albums from them are similar to that. An excellent album. The fact that the vocals on this album are mostly sung in the german language just add another layer to the music.This Message Edited On 12.05.07

Poet
January 4th 2008



5922 Comments


Kyrie is so freaking epic.

BallsToTheWall
January 4th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What a way to open an album, with a 13 minute instrumental. Man, I love this album, going to check some more of this band's stuff.

fireaboveicebelow
August 27th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

man, I completely forgot about this band. I downloaded all the stuff about 5 years ago, then lost it in a crash. I'll need to repeat that...minus the crashThis Message Edited On 08.27.08

BallsToTheWall
August 27th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Word... If you wanna get technical about bands that get no love, Lacrimosa is one of them. I actually need to hear some other records from this band.

fireaboveicebelow
August 27th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fassade, Elodia, and Stille I remember liking. Lichgestalt came out a couple years ago and got good reviews



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