The 11th Hour - Lacrima Mortis
Ed Warby is better known as the drummer extraordinaire for countless bands, including the likes of Gorefest, Ayreon and Hail Of Bullets, so it comes as little surprise that this little pet project of his may be a touch self-indulgent. Celebrating the finest of the melodic death/doom crossover, The 11th Hour's sophomore release Lacrima Mortis is a very morose affair, albeit less oppressive in atmosphere than its predecessor.
Again Warby handles all the instrumentation and whilst every note is placed to perfection, there is still space for an emotional darkness and bleak fragility to cast its shadow. This time around however, live vocalist Pim Blankenstein takes over on recording duties due to Rogga Johansson's untimely illness, but this hardly affects the quality as Pim roars and rages his way through these seven tales of death and destruction. The only issue with Lacrima Mortis is that there is nothing really new here, no fresh insight into this fading genre. The pall of early innovators still looms large, and unless someone like The 11th Hour can inject some new blood, it will go the same way as many of its actors.