THE 11th HOUR
The seven tracks on "Lacrima Mortis" are a dark collection of stories revolving around death, sorrow, and painful loss. On this The llth Hour's latest release, jack-of-all-trades Ed Warby (Gorefest, Hail of Bullets, Ayreon) stays true to his chosen path of somber themes cloaked in funeral garb. Heavy and monumental riffs unite with melancholic piano arrangements to create a strong hypnotic vibe. The lyrics use both personal experiences, as well as fictitious accounts, to weave a funerary wreath ornamentally laid atop the music. Warby did not only compose all the tracks, but he also played all the instruments on this album. He took on the production and about half of the vocals, while Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste) was responsible for the growls. "Lacrima Mortis" provides a window to the dying soul. It is a confident and thorough doom album that reveals the morbid complexities inherent in the world of human emotion and thus, will appeal to more than just fans of the genre.