Dec 2012 12

Lacrimosa - RevolutionLacrimosa
Category: Goth / Metal
Album: Revolution
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Despite a high level of production and musicianship, the well of ideas may be running dry for the dark metal champions after 22 years.


Evolving from the quintessential darkwave band into a gothic metal juggernaut over the course of two decades, the duo of Tilo Wolff and Anne Nurmi – collectively known as Lacrimosa – has become one of champions of the genre. With themes revolving around the well established gothic tropes, including death, despair, bitterness, and love, the band’s sound and vision is all one would expect and admire in a theatrically dark rock presentation. Revolution marks Lacrimosa’s eleventh studio album, and while the inclusion of Kreator’s Mille Petrozza on guitar and Accept’s Stefan Schwarzmann on drums does lend some heavy metal credibility and strength to the album, it hardly lives up to its title, offering very little that can be considered revolutionary.

Given the band’s heretofore more poetic and subtle lyrical leanings, Revolution is a remarkably straightforward album, with the first track, “Irgendein Arsch ist Immer Unterwegs,” which translates to “Some Ass is Always Around,” takes a direct stab at the sort of confrontational attitude inherent to so-called internet trolls. Musically, the song hits hard from the onset as baroque piano arpeggios steadily given rise to a powerful display of orchestral bombast and dark metal atmosphere, Wolff’s vocals possessing their usual slithery rasp that befits the subject matter, though rarely suits the melody. The same can be said of “This is the Night,” Wolff’s chants bearing a rather catchy cadence akin to some gothic blend of scat and rap amid an offbeat rhythm of drums and piano, although the rather tepid and almost juvenile lyrics bring the song down quite a few notches. Other songs like “Verloren” with its galloping rhythms and imposing ambience, “Feuerzug” with its blistering pace and soaring guitar solo, and “Weil Du Hilfe Brauchst” with its steely arpeggios and Wolff’s seething, throaty vocals follow suit as finely crafted, velvety displays of Teutonic gothic metal pomp and melodramatic wordplay that fails to match the fury of the performances.

As to be expected from a veteran band such as Lacrimosa, the production on Revolution is rather top notch as each instrument and sound is given its moment to shine through the mix and make for a lush listening experience. Be that as it may, even an ethereal quality is granted by the choir-like sounds on the closing title track and Nurmi’s saccharine vocals on “If the World Stood Still a Day,” Revolution simply offers nothing new in the realm of gothic metal, truly exemplifying the statement of sound and fury signifying nothing. It’s doubtful whether fans of the band or the style will truly mind as, again, a high level of musicianship and production value is exhibited, although it seems clear that after 22 years, the well of ideas is running dangerously low for Lacrimosa.
Track list:

  1. Irgendein Arsch ist Immer Unterwegs
  2. If the World Stood Still a Day
  3. Verloren
  4. This is the Night
  5. Interlude – Feuerzug (Part I)
  6. Feurerzug (Part II)
  7. Refugium
  8. Weil Du Hilfe Brauchst
  9. Rote Sinfonie
  10. Revolution

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