Power of Metal.dk Review

Lacuna Coil
Broken Crown Halo
Style: Gothic Metal
Release date: 31 March, 2014
Playing time: 47:40

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 reasons.

'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.

01. Nothing Stands In Our Way
Hostage To The Light
Die and Rise
I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)
I Burn In You
In The End I Feel Alive
11. One Cold Day
Label: Century Media
Distribution: Universal (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Matt Fabi
Date: 26 March, 2014
Website: www.lacunacoil.it