Italy’s finest gothic metalheads Lacuna Coil are back with album number six. If you don’t know them, they are essentially Evanescence with a bit more balls. Not one for exactly breaking boundaries, they’ve always had a predictive sound and only on occasion do they deviate from their norm. Having dedicated a lot of time over the last few years to touring, they have put their creative hats back on and created ‘Dark Adrenaline’.
As far as the music goes, I have no qualms with it at all, there are plenty of beefy riffs and talented solos all held together with passionate drumbeat. However, it’s Christina Scabbia‘s vocals that are the issue here. The transition between chorus and verse feels like a bit of a cut and paste job, as if they were recorded separately and slapped together in post production (they probably were, but this just seems overly obvious). This isn’t present all the time mind, songs like ‘Kill The Light’ sound pretty damn good, even if it is a tad generic.
As far as the album goes, it’s very much your standard Lacuna Coil record we’ve come to be familiar with over the years, just a little more polished and experienced. Don’t get me wrong, this is bloody good music, but it’s nothing new. Considering that this is their sixth album, you would think a little progression or experimentation is in order. I’m not saying they should change their style completely, I’m just saying they shouldn’t be afraid to mix things up a little bit.
Overall, ‘Dark Adrenaline’ is an album well worth checking out, especially if you are unfamiliar with Lacuna Coil. It’s not their best album, but it’s still a solid effort from these Italian rockers. Have a listen to ‘Give Me Something More’ and you’ll see what I mean. Plus, this album features a cheeky cover of R.E.M.‘s classic ‘Losing My Religion’. There’s nothing wrong with the music per se, but I guess I was just expecting a little more from them at this point in their career.
Written by Andy Roberts
Tags: Lacuna Coil
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