Lacuna Coil have been going
through a lot of change - the line up for one. This album is that last to
feature Cristiano Migliore and Cristiano Mozzati (Guitarist and Drummer
respectively) who stated earlier this year that they are leaving for personal
'Broken Crown Halo' is said to draw on real life situations mixed in with the
bands fascination for mythology. Frontman Andrea Ferro (first name is pronounced
An-DRAY-ah - for those that still insist he has a girls' name) says:
“We’ve always been fascinated by the differences
and comparisons between real life and fairy tales, and on this album we decided
to mix the two worlds when writing our lyrics”
He continues "We have fused
dark and horror elements with real life situations and created a metaphor".
I must say I personally don't
see where, but I'm not even sure what that means. After all, Lacuna Coil, again
according to Ferro, were left feeling 'Broken and shattered' over the last year.
"Trapped in [the bands'] past" was how he put it.
So, as for the album, what
have they created with their pain and new ideas and metaphors?
An ok album. Not the same
calibre as its predecessor, though it does stay with the roots of the band and
very thankfully doesn't go off in to the nu metal direction. Perhaps some of the
pain they have felt has transcended a little too much in to the writing of the
album? Maybe that is why the album isn't as explosive as 'Dark Adrenaline'?
However, it doesn't need to be 'explosive' to be good. Is has some high points.
'Victims' is pretty cliché,
following predictable lyrics that you could imagine a song with that title would
have. No problem though. It's followed immediately by 'Die and Rise' - I don't
know what Cristina is singing. It's not English and unless it is some Milanese
dialect, it isn't Italian either. I find it quite intriguing. The vocals from
both are more powerful here than in most places.
One of the difficulties with
Lacuna Coil is that there is a tendency, as with most bands, to focus on the
frontman/woman. Lacuna Coil have both - and the time given to them appears to
distract from the instrumental highlights. 'Zombies' is fantastic for that. Also
cos it's got some pace to it.
Fans of Lacuna Coil won't be
disappointed. It doesn't beat their last album, but it doesn't fall too short.