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Lacrimas Profundere at Nocturnal Culture Night festival 2014
|Origin||Waging am See, Germany|
|Labels||Napalm Records Oblivion/SPV|
|Members||Oliver Nikolas Schmid|
Lacrimas Profundere is a gothic metal band from Germany. Their name means "to shed tears" in Latin. Their stylistic aesthetic has changed over time; originally a death doom rooted gothic metal band, they have simplified their style to a more mainstream gothic rock style with the later albums.
Lacrimas Profundere was founded in 1993 by guitarist Oliver Nikolas Schmid. At the time, the band was influenced by doom metal, and also made use of feminine vocals and classical elements. With the entrance of vocalist Anja Hötzendorfer, they drew enough attention to themselves to be able to record their debut, entitled ... and the Wings Embraced Us, which was released in 1995 and was followed by La Naissance d'un Rêve (French for "The Birth of a Dream"), from 1997.
Burning: A Wish from 2001 was Lacrimas Profundere's first album to receive attention from the international specialized press. This album featured the removal of the band's classical elements to some degree, and was also the first time they employed baritone vocals, supplied by Oliver's brother, Christopher Schmid. Their first international tour then began, including countries of Europe and Latin America.
Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts received considerable attention from Jackass star Bam Margera and the songs "My Velvet Little Darkness", "Short Glance", "Should" and "Sweet Caroline" along with a vocal excerpt from "Sad Theme for a Marriage" were played on his show Bam's Unholy Union.
In April 2007, Christopher Schmid, the band's founding member's brother and vocalist left the band; citing prolonged stress from touring. It did not take long to find a new vocalist: Peter Kafka, who also sings for the German band Sonicslave. The former singer Christopher Schmid still takes part of the writing of the new lyrics, however, and has occasionally been seen singing for the band in concerts. A few months later bassist Daniel Lechner left the band and vocalist Peter Kafka became the new bassist. Rob Vitacca employed as the new vocalist, who also sings for the German Rock band Lost. Long time keyboardist Christian Steiner also left the band, but supplied some parts for the new album. Songs For The Last View was released in the summer of 2008. This was the first album featuring their new singer, Rob Vitacca.
Lacrimas Profundere's, The Grandiose Nowhere was released on 30 April 2010. The album spawned two singles "The Letter" and "Lips". Videos for each song were made; they also toured in places across Asia and South America.
In June 2016, Lacrimas Profundere signed with a new label, Oblivion/SPV, whom they collaborated with for the production and distribution of their eleventh studio album, Hope is Here, which was released on August 12, 2016. With the release of said album, the band moved slightly away from their classic gothic tendencies, in lieu of a sound resembling more closely that of alternative rock. Following the release of Hope is Here, the band toured across Germany and Austria.
In May 2018, Oliver Schmid announced through the bands' social media and on their website, that Rob Vitacca had decided to leave the band in pursuit of other musical projects, "LACRIMAS just cannot work without complete and constant dedication. And giving such a full-time commitment simply isn't possible for Rob anymore." The band took very little time to find a new vocalist, Julian Larre, who is also a founding member of the Finnish band Lessdmv.
In celebration of 25 years as a band, their future album, which is set to be released later 2018, will be going back to the band's roots with a more gothic sound and guttural voices. This will be the first album featuring their new vocalist, Julian Larre.