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This phone interview with the vocalist Christopher Schmid of the German gothic metal act Lacrimas Profundere was done by Cseke Róbert in August 2004.
The German band Lacrimas Profundere was formed in 1993, being one of the few bands at the time who combined classic doom metal with gothic elements. Two years later they released their debut album and this year it is time to unveil their sixth full-length album "Ave End" through Napalm Records. Cseke Róbert discussed the album and many other things in this lengthy interview. [The Editor]
Hey, how are you doing?
Oh, fine, and you?
Great, just anxious to do this interview, I've heard a lot about you, I
all of your albums so far...
Yeah, I have a few questions to ask you, I think, many would be
in knowing the answers to - if they don't already, of course. I'd like
start off with - the main reason we're doing this interview is because
your latest release "Ave End", so what I'd like to ask you is, what
opinion is on the album so far, your subjective opinion is what I'm
interested in right now... how do you like it when compared to other
I like it very much, because every musician likes the new album more
the previous ones because otherwise you would have to stop playing if
new album is more shit than the others are - yeah the album is - the
would describe it... it's a rather sad output, emotional and hard and a
of influences ... I have to like it.
I've listened to the album, I'm not the one who did the review, but I
it very much, I can tell you that. Are you fully satisfied with the way
things turned out, with the final result?
Yeah, we are satisfied with it. With the promotion we're definitely
satisfied, and we're satisfied with our cover artwork, and all the
that is on the album, and yeah, we're definitely satisfied with it.
So you think "Ave End" is a better album than the previous ones? I
like it more because it's fresh, but do you think it's a better album?
I don't know, I can't really answer that question because I can't be
objective about that, I definitely like it because it's fresh and new,
maybe a better album because... it's a new one, I don't know, I don't
I can't really say that this album is better than the other ones, it's
good album, but I don't think we ever made a shit album.
I know you didn't, so, ok, do you have a favourite song on the album,
you do, why? If there are more than one...
Yeah, my favourite song is, hmm, tough question, but I think I would
"Annabelle"... it's a little bit different from all the other songs and
about sluts and whores and stuff like that, so I like it very much...
My fav is "Sarah Lou"...
Oh, that's good, thank you, it's amongst my favourites too, but my
is "Annabelle" because that song is very very fresh because we
in the studio, so it's a fresh song and maybe for us it's a bit special
the other songs.
What's the overall response to your latest creations? How did the media
fans appreciate your efforts?
Very good, we were definitely praised by lots of critics and stuff like
and television stations, have had our first video as well, so it's
better than with our previous album when we didn't have a video and
everyone is so addicted to watching television, it is the best
that we can have and so these songs can be huge, it is very very
good for us, and we definitely earn a lot of money and sure that's
For which song do you have a video, I've heard about a video from you
was going to ask you later on, but now is as good a time as any
"Ave End" is the song, the song we made the video for...
Ok, ok, did you try out any of the songs on stage yet? Did you have the
opportunity to do this?
Yeah, we did some songs and they're really really nice on stage. Our
previous concert, yeah, it was the best concert for me, the audience
fun, really quite aggressive, not real aggressive, but quite
it's nice to watch all this from the stage. I definitely liked it!
I bet you did! Too bad I missed it. Do people respond better to the
songs or do they like the new ones as well?
We have some very very old-school fans which only like the very first
the growling stuff and they're not too pleased with our new direction,
especially with my new style of singing because they didn't like clean
vocals. Most of the people who liked the old albums like the new stuff
I think, because of the emotional power, we are always quite depressing
I think the feel of the music didn't change too much, it is still
depressing, we only changed the style we express that depression and so
of the times people like the new album too.
I know a few people... I don't know which was the first album you used
vocals on, I think "Burning A Wish"...
Yeah, "Burning A Wish".
Yes, ok, so many didn't like that, I liked it very much, but many were
against it, did you hear about such things?
Yeah, definitely, yeah, not too much, in email and some magazines who
give too good reviews because they said "yeah, you're fucking assholes,
only want money with your shit, and your music doesn't come from the
because you changed your fucking vocal style" and, I think, that's
shit, because we only play what we want to play at the moment, I mean
can't expect a musician to play the same style from album to album, and
I think, some people are quite angry because of that change, but what
you do, we can only play the stuff we want to play, 'cos only that way
make it ... good.
What I wanted to ask you, how do you write your songs, I mean, do you
them before going into the studio and practice them in the rehearsal
or do you go in the recording room and make up everything on the spot?
We write all the stuff manually, we write in the rehearsal room cos we
pay so much money to go in the studio and write there. We only mix the
in the studio, we make it a little bit better and stuff like that, but
mainly write the stuff in the rehearsal room and then we go into the
Is this the way you've always worked, and is this the way you're going
work from now on?
Yeah, I think so, I dont know, maybe when we're old fucking
then we can go in the studio for a year and do all that shit in the
but I really don't think thats in the near future. I would really try
and yeah, we would do it that way...
Ok... here's a question... how did the people from Napalm Records like
songs, cos I know you're slowly approaching your fifth album now at
and your original contract with them was for five albums... am I right?
Yeah, that's right, yeah, the Napalm guys like it a lot, I don't have
response from everybody working there but our manager and the guys
responsable for us, they definitely like our work.
So you expect a contract renewal after your next album, right?
Yeah, I think so.
How were things so far, are you satisfied? You said, you liked the
I said we're satisfied now, but on our previous albums we weren't too
satisfied, but now we are because of the video and the advertising, but
our previous albums they didn't work too much or too well for our
but now we're definitely pleased.
Ok, back to the music... Did you work with a producer on the new
cause I know, in the past - even if somebody was helping you out with
production process, one of the band members was always there in the
Yeah, the way we do it is finish all the songs in the rehearsal room,
producer just adds to it, like he says "you can sing more emotional" or
whatever, but he doesn't have anything to do with the writing so he
makes it a little bit better, or makes it sound better but he doesn't
the image or anything like that.
That's great! How did things go during the recording process, was it fun
anything, cause I know many bands hate recording, they just like
with the stage...
Yeah, that's the same with us, we hate recordings too, but it is boring
bit and it's stressful and boring, but it's a necessity, and we
like to play live a lot of songs because it has a direct response from
crowd, it's definitely better, but the studio, you have to do.
Guess it's a necessity, uhhm, Lacrimas Profundere is a band that didn't
away from making quite radical changes in the music even from one album
the next. What was the cause of this? Was it the constant line-up
or do other factors come into consideration when making these leaps
musical orientation to the other?
Yeah, a lot of changes, and it's always a little difficult, because you
to spend a lot of time with the new members, and some decided to leave
band, but now its definitely better for us and yes (laughs) what was
question? I was talking and I lost the question (laughs)
Uhm ok, what was the reson for those style changes? Was it a natural
evolution for the band or...
Yes, definitely, definitely a natural, because you can only play
music once, you don't want to play the same things over and over and
influences change a little bit and for me, I didn't want to growl too
because growling isn't much fun because you don't have a lot of notes
a lot in a musicians style and, for me, I did that quite a lot and I
to sing in a clean voice because it is more interesting, I think.
And more emotional too..
You've mentioned about influences... What were the influences for the
album, any conscious influences or did you like go with the flow?
No (laughs), "go with the flow", definitely not, but our influences
change much from our previous album, I think, what I always listen to
part time, I'm addicted to The Doors for example, Gathering, stuff like
With a new album out many would expect a tour, or at least a series of
concerts to promote the new material. I didn't hear about a tour in
case, there's only two upcoming gigs I read about on your site. What's
I don't know exactly, because our booking agency, they work on the tour
us, and I don't know with wich band we'll go on tour with, or how long
tour will be, or is it going to be here in Germany or outside the
don't know much about it so I can't say too much - but we're definitely
on tour, that's for sure.
If I recall correctly, I've read about a DVD as well?
The DVD is a strange thing, because we wanted to do a DVD but then we
all the stuff we had and we don't have too much good stuff and, I
shouldn't do a low quality DVD, because that will just piss your fans
so now we'll just try to collect a very good material before doing a
but, I think, it will be in the next year.
Ok, so we'll just wait a little more. "Fall, I Will Follow" was a very
successful release, as it ranked quite high for some time. Do you think
End" can top that success, and don't you feel intimidated that the
expecting more from you now?
Yes, I think it was quite successful but maybe "Ave End" is going to be
uhhm - definitely more successful, I definitely hope so, and I'm not
scared of people expecting too much of us, no, because we can only do
things we do and if it doesn't sell too well it's not a too big of a
for us and, hmm, that's it.
Any other plans for the near future that we should know about? Stuff
unrelesead to the public, something we can print before everybody else
(laugh) Not really, sadly, there's the tour in the winter and there's
a lot to do with the album "Ave End" and, hmm, yeah, no other future
Ok, that's about it for my questions, if there's anything you'd like to
share with our readers, your fans, feel free to do so...
Yeah, for the fans: thank you for everything, thank you for being here,
thank you for the support, that is definitely something to send to your
Thank you for this interview!
I wish you luck with the new album, everything, tour, everything...
Ok, bye, have a nice evening.
You too, bye!
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