LACUNA COIL – DELIRIUM (2016)
Release Date: 27 May 2016
℗ 2016 Century Media/Sony Music Australia
- The House Of Shame
- Broken Things
- Blood, Tears, Dust
- Take Me Home
- You Love Me Cause I Hate you
- Ghost In The Mist
- My Demons
- Ultima Ratio
Well, this is something new and sensational for Lacuna Coil. A release that is qualcosa di bello e brutale, all in the most wonderfully superb homogenisation. Raw ferocity vocally entwined with angelic choral beauty.
It is immediately apparent with The House Of Shame that the band have reached deep within their very souls to produce a collection that is beyond anything we have been blessed with before. A truly remarkable sensation is experienced by the listener as Andrea’s demonic growling seeks to push us to the depths of the abyss whilst Cristina elevates our spirits with her divine delivery and rescues us from the pit, yet the two struggle for possession of our souls. Our spirit and aural capacity beleaguered by the blissful torment.
Following the spellbinding opener, Broken Things provides the opportunity to enjoy the ensemble in unison and the instrumental sections really come to the fore. Every note and every instrumental stroke, one of pure magnificence. The sheer spirit of this work is inspiring to say the very least. The most notable change for the group with this sensational collection is the utterly obvious contribution of Diego Cavallotti, whose recent addition to the band has obviously provided the punch required to take Lacuna Coil to this level of evolution. Delirium is the understated and subtle evidence of his brilliant contribution and provides additional vindication that his presence has assisted and driving every individual member of the group to a completely new level of superb achievement.
I hope readers will forgive my exuberance but it is difficult to contain oneself when aural passages are blessed with this, such an astounding metamorphosis from great to magnifico. Blood Tears Dust releases Marco from the rhythmic leash and sets him free to explore the true range of this tremendous track. One wonders how Lacuna Coil could possibly sound any better, but then Downfall places an entirely new pace before our willing ears. Just a brilliantly sequenced track to remind us that the band had a wealth of expertise behind them, to drive them to a new future, and doubtless a new legion of followers to celebrate their achievements.
Take Me Home is as chilling an introduction as one can possibly wish for, but the style and melodies that follow are truly astounding and surely this will be pursued by movie makes for a modern day sci-fi classic. I’m can see The Fifth Element II being penned simply to lay claim to this wondrous track.
You Love Me Coz I Hate You twists in yet a further direction, highlighting further dimensions to Lacuna Coil’s contemporary brilliance. A complete alteration in style but brilliantly fitting to this collection of diverse achievements. Then Ghosts In The Mist returns us to a more familiar sound from the band but with a fresh approach. Then we are again lured helpless into a beautiful blending of styles, that erupt into a hugely appealing tracks, with every vocal and instrumental contribution celebrated sensationally.
My Demons, Claustrophobia and Ultima Ratio, in superb sequence complete this collection to perfection, as all three tracks placed together as a splendid album finale, bring together the past, present and future of Lacuna Coil. A celebration of what they have achieved together blended with a ferocious determination to take the world by storm with their refined and splendidly modernised sound. Bravura Lacuna Coil. The world is your oyster. Semplicemente Bellissima