Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo
text: Gerianne Meijer
Lacuna Coil is one of the most well know Italian metal bands. Now it is time for them to release their seventh studio album, released through Century Media.
The band has made some cracking songs in the past, but has also managed to disappoint a few times.
Opening track ‘Nothing Stands In Our way’ aligns with the current style of the band: catchy, not too heavy, but brought with a certain angriness and passion. To be honest this song is a bit plain and is more suitable to play in the background.
It does emit a certain power, courtesy of the vocals of Cristina Scabbia. I have always admired the singing style of this dark haired beauty. She always delivers and manages to sound strong and captivating.
This is also true for the chorus of ‘Zombies’. This track has some darker guitar riffs and catchy vocals by male singer Andrea Ferro. There are even some growls present, which make the song a refreshing change from the first track. Unfortunately there is too much repetition and the song is not strong enough to bear this.
‘Hostage To The Light’ is one of the more emotional tracks, with fragile vocals by Scabbia and a powerful chorus with soaring vocals to the edge of her range. It is reminiscent of the older, emotional ballads and therefore very pleasing to the ears. ‘Victims’ is catchy although it has some dark riffs and Cristina experiments more with her vocals. The chorus isn’t very exciting though, making it a bit bland.
‘Die And Rise’ is the first released track and it is rather male oriented with Andrea doing most of the vocals. It has rough bass and guitar lines as well, but a rather boring chorus (again) makes it one of the lesser songs on the album. The next three tracks drag on a bit as well, having some nice elements but nothing extra to to stand out.
After this ‘I Burn In You’ at least offers some nice oriental influences and haunting vocals by Cristina, which makes me believe that the band still has something to offer. ‘In The End I Feel Alive’ has a full sound with roaring guitars and strings. The vocals are up tempo and the chorus is powerful, as Cristina belts her lungs out.
The last track ‘One Cold dDy’ deserves special mention, because it has a very doomy, epic intro and fantastic vocals by Cristina. It has the deep, strong sound that the band can perform so well, but mostly fails to create nowadays. This has to be the best track of the album, easily strong and convincing of Lacuna Coil.
This new album by Lacuna Coil again confirms that the emotional, deep songs from their early days are gone. It is replaced by more defiant, catchy songs. There are some strong elements on “Broken Crown Halo” that are still distinctive like Cristina Scabbia’s vocals, some riffs and choruses. But most of the songs fail to grab you by the throat. Some because they are too repetitive, some because they are just not that interesting. There are a few good ones standing out and hopefully they are a sign of a return to form that suits the roots of Lacuna Coil more.
1. Nothing Stands In Our Way
3. Hostage to the Light
5. Die & Rise
6. I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)
9. I Burn In You
10. In the End I Feel Alive
11. One Cold Day (Dedicated to deceased ex-bandmember Claudio Leo)
Cristina Scabbia – Female Vocals
Andrea Ferro – Male Vocals
Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati – Bass, Keyboards, Synth
Maus – Guitars
Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore – Guitars
CriZ Mozzati – Drums