Lacuna Coil Black Anima Review
Lacuna Coil Black Anima Review
Hailing from Italy, the alternative metal band Lacuna Coil continues to forge new sounds with their songwriting and imaginative lyrics. Formed in 1994, Lacuna Coil quickly became one of Century Media’s biggest selling bands. Starting with Comalies (2002) and Karmacode (2004) to Shallow Life (2009) and Broken Crown Halo (2014), the band consitanlty blends hard rock, gothic, and metal sounds to the great pleasure of their audiences. Lacuna Coil’s genuine, melodic, and rhythmic metal—a hybrid of gothic, groove, and alternative—has created a robust worldwide following. Whether it’s “Our Truth” and “Delirium” or “Nothing Stands in Our Way” and “Trip the Darkness,” Lacuna Coil’s dual-vocalist assault is immediately identifiable. The band is now releasing a new album, Black Anima, which continues the Italian’s fresh perspective on alternative metal.
About the Album
Black Anima is fourteen tracks that is pure Lacuna Coil. Two years in the making, Lacuna Coil’s ninth album arrives after the group published their first book, Nothing Stands in Our Way, in 2018 and celebrated in auspicious fashion their 20th Anniversary with an ultra-exclusive, all-out insane live show in London, dubbed The 119 Show: Live in London. “We’ve been very busy,” says Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia. “We’ve played a lot of live shows between Delirium and Black Anima. We published our book, a chronicle of the Lacuna Coil story. And we crossed paths with our 20th Anniversary, which resulted in a quick switch from the Delirium album cycle to the 20th Anniversary one. We had a big change in our look. Our show changed a lot. We had special effects and artists performing on stage with us. That became The 119 Show, actually.” The music on Black Anima has sounds of the band returning to their gothic metal roots. The music is filled with relevant lyrics set to aggressive and edgy music that makes a memorable statement. Lacuna Coil is also changing their image for the album, joining the movement of popular heavy makeup.
Our Favorite Track
Our favorite track is “Reckless.” Starting with electronic sounds that unfolds into the full force of Zelati’s thumping bass as DD Cavollotti builds the guitar layers into a dark driving force for Scabbia to set her aethereal vocals over. Andrea Ferro has returned to the aggressive guttural growl style. Together, Scabbia and Ferro build a vocal front line that has made Lacuna Coil so popular. The call and response style of the melody works well. Cavollotti’s guitar solo is thematic to the song and shows his immense technical abilities as he cleanly navigates the fret board with ease. Scabbia’s vocal range is displayed throughout the song and her power is consistent in all registers of her voice. The keyboard adds to the song, but does not water down the heavy crunchy aggression, instead the sounds add fullness and adds to the doom. A well-written song, both lyrically and musical by a band that can play and sing with passion.
Black Anima has the right amount of contemporary alternative metal with Ferro’s guttural delivery and the band’s return to a more gothic metal influence. Each song strikes a nice balance of being heavy while still delivering a powerful melody with conviction. Black Anima brings all the great elements of the bands past catalog together into one album. Combining the elements of gothic metal, progressive metal and modern metal into a sound that is distinctly Lacuna Coil. Fans of heavier, darker metal will be in for a fun listen, but Black Anima will also appeal to heavy metal fans too.
October 11, 2019