German gothic metal pioneers Lacrimosa released Lichtjahre back in 2007 in Europe as a video testimony of the band’s tour in Europe, their second visit to Mexico, and first time in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. To celebrate the re-release of the double live album Lichtjahre in the United States under The End Of Light Records on May 8th. Our friends at The End Of Light Records had give us a copy of the DVD under the same name that is the visual testimony of the tour where the double live album was record.
Lichtjahre is a such of good visual experience of what Lacrimosa is live, behind the stage and with their fans. The DVD starts by telling part of the story of the band members and their role in Lacrimosa‘s music along the years. It also documents the putting together of a Lacrimosa show during the European leg of the 2006 Lichtgestalt tour, you would see the work of their crew to create what the band would show every night live. From lighting, sound, decoration, and stage preparation.
After the shows in Europe, the band did a mini tour in Mexico, the band played in cities like Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City. This part of the DVD takes you to the experience of the fans on how big and relevant the band was and still is in Mexico. The reception of the band and their reaction to it, the passion of the Mexican fans towards the band and the influence of Lacrimosa in the gothic culture on this part of the world.
But the testimony of Lichtjahre don’t stop here, it continues to places whereLacrimosa‘s music had expand during many years, the far east. Their reception for the first time in places like China, Taiwan and Hong Kong was massive, and this took the band by surprise. The lines of fans waiting to meet Tilo and Anne at record store signings were interminable, and the shows of the band in Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei and Hong Kong were nearly sold out. The DVD closes with a retrospective look to the important moments lived by the band around this countries and the reactions from the band members to the impact that Lacrimosa had not only there but wherever their music is listen.
The DVD is on its mostly on German language, but the images captured on it break any language barrier to show the impact of Lacrimosa in the lives of their fans that see their life touched by the band’s music. Lichtjahre is not only the documentation of the 2006 Lichtgestalt tour, but a glimpse of Lacrimosa’s life on the road, before, during, and after show. As their interaction with their fan base around the world.