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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000087LQA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kyrie
2. Durch Nacht und Flut
3. Sacrifice
4. Apart
5. Ein Hauch von Menschlichkeit
6. Eine Nacht in Ewigkeit
7. Malina
8. Die Schreie sind verstummt

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Anne Nurmi also has a gorgeous voice that supports a good number of the melodies.
This albums is a bit different from the previous ones, but it involves a very unique instrumental composition to introduce the album.
Josue Y Lopez
I have listened all the way through many times since buying Echos without growing tired of it.
M. Allen

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Koehl on March 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Please forgive the "rambly" nature of this review, but I'm at a complete loss for words. This album left my jaw firmly planted on the floor. I'm a big fan of Lacrimosa, and have enjoyed their earlier albums, such as "Fassade" "Elodia" "Stille" and "Angst," but nothing could prepare me for this masterwork.
First of all, the album begins with a 15 minute orchestral/choral requiem. This piece goes on just long enough for you to forget that you're listening to a gothrock album, then Tilo and Anne jump in with "Durch Nacht und Flut" (Of Night and Flood) which is apparently the single, and deservedly so. This song alone is worth the price of the entire disc. It's haunting, beautiful, and downright unforgettable. That chorus will stick with you for hours. The vocal harmonies and the orchestration, along with a Steve Howe-esque ocave guitar lead just push this tune into the stratosphere.
Another "stick with you for hours on end" song on there is "Malina" which begins with a bouncy harpsichord, then goes into this intense rock tune that I won't even bother to try and describe other than saying it'll impress you. Just listen to it.
As for the rest of the album. "Sacrifice" begins with some odd percussion and then breaks out into this symphonic anthem. It somehow reminds me of Yes's "And You and I." "Apart" features Anne on lead vocals, and has a chill out vibe to it.
About the only complaint I have is that on the closing track, Tilo seems to be singing in a Kermit the frog voice. I'm not kidding. You're almost afraid he's about to break out into "It's not easy being green" but alas it never happens. Instead, it turns into a durge, which is just as cool if you ask me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By k93 on April 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I used to be quite heavily into Goth in the late 80s, through the early-mid 90s. After that, I started losing interest, it seemed as though Goth was getting too popular, and thus commercialized, and the new Goth music coming out just seemed less and less appealing.

Well, this review is for those of you, like me, who miss the old school Goth. I don't know about all that crap that they call Goth nowadays, I won't name specific names here. But I do know that it's missing the old vibe. So, if you like older Goth; you know, Bauhaus, X-Mal Deutschland, Gitane Demone, Switchblade Symphony, Mephisto Walz, Suspiria, etc... then check out Lacrimosa.

I know now that they have in fact been putting out albums through the 90s, but living here in the United States of Ignorance, I had no idea of them until last year, when I traveled outside the country and found Echos in a music shop! Intrigued by the cover (it's the original European release, with a ship on the cover), I bought it, and thus discovered that true, profound Goth is alive and very well in Lacromisa!

Now, Lacrimosa is quite musically complex, I believe more so than the more usual Goth bands. If you check out Lacrimosa you should also like Classical, or at least be open-minded about it, because there is a heavy dose of it. The only very, very slight complaint I have about Echos is the long first track classical overture, it is maybe a bit too long, but this is very minor; it is otherwise perfect in every way!

There are a number of reviewers here who seem disturbed by the singing and German language. I am surprised by this. His voice and way of singing is stunning; a very strong and powerful Goth voice, not screaming like with some bands, just very powerful and emotive. The German language is amazing, harsh and beautiful. In my European release I have no English translations; I don't need them, his voice becomes an instrument that speaks to me on another level, I need no literal meanings...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Scarangello on August 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt in my mind that 2003's "Echos" is yet another pure operatic masterpiece by Lacrimosa. Supported by a magnificent orchestra pit of strings, woodwinds and the occasional heavy metal guitars, this CD both stands on its own AND is meant to be a continuation from the duet's last two records (Elodia and Fassade). The album's libretto is once again based on the tragic entanglement between love and unhealthy obsession. After returning from an unnamed voyage, Tilo searches the countryside in the hope of finding his lost love, the virginal and angelic Anne Nurmi. Once he encounters her, both individuals contemplate exchanging their vows and entwining their glowing spirits, all the while fearfully questioning the conseqences of their decision. Ultimately, they abandon social morality and submit to their carnal lust in one more night of passion, one that would sadly affect the both of them forever. If you read the English interpretation of "Echos's" lyrics, you can easily compare the CD's melodrama with that of an erotic vampire story. It is repeatedly mentioned how the aristocratic Tilo emits total darkness while Anne's soul emanates light. Therefore, to have them embracing in a combustable ecstacy is strictly forbidden. In the latter half of the album, in the song "Eine Nacht in Ewigkeit," Tilo even croons the lyrics, "Entwined we drink by now. Fused to bleed. Victims are offenders we, and take by storm our addiction to nearness." As indicated by the closing track, the vulnerable Anne has endured an agonizing transformation; after relinquishing all of her precious illumination, she buries herself in a crypt and cowers in shame.Read more ›
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