ALBUM: Lacuna Coil – Delirium
May 27th, 2016
With vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro the only surviving members of a recent line-up overhaul, the introduction of some fresh blood into their ranks has ushered in a dramatically improved new era for Lacuna Coil:
Although always with a penchant for the melancholic and goth-tinged, the Milan five piece have consistently straddled the line between metal and commercial rock with increasingly unexceptional results. ‘Delirium’ puts paid to any doubts of the bands ongoing creative potency by plunging headlong into decidedly darker territory.
Opening with the ghostly, cinematic strains of ‘The House Of Shame’, the twin assault of Scabbia/Ferro introduces a startling shift in gears, the former’s piercing cleans as impressive as ever, and taking on heightened emotional intensity alongside the hugely developed guttural roar of her male counterpart (check out the title track for some particularly striking vocal trade-offs).
Indeed, between the introduction of some sky-scorching guitar solos (‘Claustrophobia’) and shades of convincingly metallic aggression, the most vital ingredient of the bands triumphant return to form is, quite simply, harnessing the immortal power of huge, arms aloft chorus hooks, making ‘Delirium’ perhaps the most addictive Lacuna Coil have been since their 2002 breakout record ‘Comalies’.
A more menacing beast than many would have foreseen, it is the low-slung brutality of ‘Blood, Tears, Dust’ and an unsettling ‘Take Me Home’ which will convince fans of a swing back into heavier terrain, yet for all it success’, the real victory for ‘Delirium’ is that is it jam-packed across the board with ludicrously infectious tunes.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)