Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline by Jo Blackened

Band line-up:
Cristina Scabbia – Vocals
Andrea Ferro – Vocals
Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati – Bass guitar, keyboards
Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore – Guitars
CriZ – Drums
Maus – Guitars, lead guitars
Album Tracklisting:
01. Trip The Darkness
02. Against You
03. Kill The Light
04. Give Me Something More
05. Upsidedown
06. End Of time
07. I Don’t Believe in Tomorrow
08. Intoxicated
09. The Army Inside
10. Losing My Religion
11. Fire
12. My Spirit

Lacuna Coil have always been known for their moving, powerful and mysterious albums and their music videos. In a category that is too brawny to be gothic, yet too melodic to be purely metal, it is no doubt Lacuna Coil have their unique sounds and noted for their songwriting in their songs.

‘Dark Adrenaline’ is the Italian’s band sixth full length release, and with their hard work, dedication and so many years of touring, they deserve much recognition and praise. This is one band who know how to work and have always stayed dedicated.
With each album delivering something different, there are many tracks in this album that are quite dark and are tinged with sadness and honed in anger…which I liked.

To be honest I have never really been a Lacuna Coil fan, I find their vocals to be too repetitive with their sound too ‘mainstream’ and lack the aggression I like in the ‘metal genre’ or the darkness needed in the ‘gothic genre’ making it hard where to place this band, but there is no doubt Lacuna Coil are a great band and I loved seeing them live when they were in London.

The band like to try something different in each of their albums and try not to repeat themselves in their musical direction, and with all their previous releases I did really enjoy this album, but yet, it still reminds me of songs I would expect to hear in the charts, but the vocals and musicianship are amazing with this band, clearing showing their years of experience.

Opening the album with their single release ‘Trip the Darkness’ (one of my fave songs of the album) the songs have a great flow and each track is filled with passion and has a theme throughout, but I still prefer the music over the vocals.

Track 07 ‘I Don’t Believe in Tomorrow’ was my personal favourite as it reminded me of something I would hear in a vampire film soundtrack, but the track after let me down, but the album did pick up again towards the end…Except for track 10! I have to say I was disappointed to hear the band’s cover of R.E.M.s ‘Losing My Religion’, which to me just ruined the original as they changed the sound of the verses completely with the chorus being slightly better, but I still wished I hadn’t of heard it.

The production of this album is amazing, as you’d expect with Lacuna Coil, with the band teaming up with producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Duran Duran, Avril Lavigne) with the initial tracking taking place at bassist Marco Coti Zelati’s studio with the two singers, Guitarists Cristiano Migliore and Marco Biazzi and drummer Cristiano Mozzati.

After hearing the album afew times now I have to say this is a great album and one that I feel all Lacuna Coil fans will love and enjoy, but their sound won’t appeal to everyone especially those who like their Metal hard and their Goth darker as this band do have the ‘mainstream’ label stamped all over it.

The band will be doing a world tour in support of their new album, so be sure to check them out…I may even attend myself to see these guys play live again as they are great on stage and with 15 years experience behind them it’s good to see the band showing no sign in slowing down!