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Lacuna Coil – Delirium
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Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Lacuna Coil are back to kick some arse, fresh with a few line up changes, they have released Delirium, their first album to be completely recorded and mixed in Italy.

Blazing a trail in the gothic metal scene since 1998, Lacuna Coil have acquired a huge fan base worldwide, Cristina Scabbia’s unique vocals alongside the vocal styles of Andrea Ferro, have helped tackle the most sexist of minds in the metal community, being accepted by both men and women in a very powerful way and leading the way for other Female fronted metal bands like Within Temptation, In This Moment and Delain.

Lacuna Coil had this to say about the album – “Delirium is about the horrors that we must face in everyday life by exploring the unknown, and to one day, hopefully find the cure.”, and also invited Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More) to play guitar on a song each.

Delirium continues the epic gothic metal sound of Lacuna Coil that we are used to, whilst adding a faster pace and aggression to some songs, mainly noted on the song, “The House Of Shame”, this starts with an eery ghost like choir until being broken by a piercing guttural scream from Andrea, it is great to hear him start the vocals on this song, then Cristina’s angelic vocal style joining in to lead to the chorus, whilst a chugging bass and guitars and harsh drums blend the song perfectly together, this is Lacuna Coil at their angriest I have heard in a very long time.

Another stand out song is “Blood, Tears, Dust”, with it’s digitized intro that gives you a melodic riff alongside the bands instrumentals, it also features a blistering guitar solo courtesy of Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More), the aggression and urgency in the vocals on this song throughout leads to a great mellow moment showcasing Cristina’s talents, before heading back into the hard and heavy sound.

Lacuna Coil have surprised me with this album, usually you stick on one of their albums and expect some melodic gothic metal with Cristina Scabbia’s beautiful, operatic lead vocals, but Delirium feels like it is Andrea Ferro’s time to shine as the lead vocalist, his pure aggression on a lot of the songs shines through, and is seriously impressive.

Delirium is a nice change in pace musically for Lacuna Coil, whilst maintaining that unique vocal sound they are famous for, this will be epic live.