Lacrimosa started down a goth rock path in 1990, when the duo of Anne Nurmi and Tilo Wolff came together in Switzerland. They began their own record label, Hall of Sermon, to release their first album the next year. Angst was the result, and it was a surprising hit for a debut album from a goth group. Lacrimosa continued to release albums through their own label, building a strong fan base across Europe, and by the late '90s there was really no reason to sign to a bigger label. Their music began to move away from goth, developing a keyboard-based rock style that bore little resemblance to the Sisters of Mercy. The group continued to release its material on a regular basis, using the Internet and touring regularly to stay active in the scene. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi