Band: Lacuna Coil
Label: Century Media
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Lacuna Coil is one of those bands I’ve seen unintentionally several times over the last few years as they seem to be added to shows where I’m there to see the headliner like their tour with Megadeth a few years back. That is actually a good thing as otherwise I’m not sure how they would have appeared on my radar and I’ve come to love their albums and live shows. Delirium is their latest release and sees major changes in the lineup – so how does the new release stack up?
Let’s get one thing out of the way. Lacuna Coil is metal. Yes they are beautifully melodic with songwriting that metal elitists denigrate as ‘mainstream’. No, they are not growling about mutilating and eating the family pet while engaged in self-pleasure but never-the-less, they are metal. The elitists out there can take issue if they choose but the question arises, why would they be reading a Lacuna Coil review in the first place?
For those of us with a broader spectrum of tastes Lacuna Coil and Delirium fill a place between the fun and frivolity of the Butcher Babies and the sometimes silly antics of In This Moment.
The album’s vibe is certainly heavier than much of what has appeared in their previous albums with the track “The House of Shame” kicking some serious ass out of the gate with a decidedly aggressive riff and harsh vocal from Andreas Ferro. Christina Scabbia‘s gothic and beautifully crafted melodies serve as a haunting counterpoint to the heaviness and create a perfect balance that serves the song exceptionally well.
The album’s second track, “Broken Things” sounds entirely like the Lacuna Coil we’ve heard on previous releases but maintains a heavier vibe despite that assertion. Is that a bad thing? Definitely not. Gratuitous pleasuring of the ear-holes continue with the album’s title track “Delirium” that reminds me of the glorious “Trip the Darkness” from the Dark Adrenaline album release in 2012 and while moving to the more mainstream side of the fence melodically it does so with such panache as to initiate headbanging and singing along in a state of metalhead bliss.
Much of the balance of the album is what you might expect from Lacuna Coil with a collection of excellently written and produced tracks ranging in tempo. Again, is that a bad thing? Not if you dig Lacuna Coil. For me their albums have always been about a few killer tracks filled out with highly listenable but largely secondary ones. I’ll admit this weakness… I would probably listen to Christina Scabbia sing on a Partridge Family covers album I am so enamoured of her superb voice.
Also of note is the fact that this is Lacuna Coil‘s first release recorded and produced in its entirely in Italy. Other changes include the changeover of the entire band with the exception of course of Ferro and Scabbia. Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy makes a guest appearance playing lead guitar on “Downfall”.
Some will decry Lacuna Coil as too melodic or commercial. Me, I don’t really give a rodent’s posterior, I like what I like and don’t feel he need to justify it or defend it to anyone. \m/
Reverend Rock’s Rating: 8/10
- Cristina Scabbia: Vocals
- Andrea Ferro: Vocals.
- Marco Coti Zelati: Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Production.
- Ryan Blake Folden: Drums, Percussion.
- Diego Cavallotti: Guitar Solo on “Ultima Ratio” and additional guitars.
- Marco Barusso: Guitar Solo on “The House of Shame”.
- Myles Kennedy: Guitar Solo on “Downfall”.
- Alessandro La Porta: Guitar Solo on “Claustrophobia”.
- Mark Vollelunga: Guitar Solo and additional guitars on “Blood tears dust”.
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