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Album Review – Lacuna Coil “Broken Crown Halo” 2014

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by Lightning Slim

broken_crown_halo  After the somewhat-misunderstood pop stylings of The Shallow Life and the near-perfect synthesis of that with their core competencies in Dark Adrenaline, Lacuna Coil wisely decide not to try to top themselves, and so take a trip down memory lane instead. Broken Crown Halo is a more direct descendant of earlier records like Comalies or Karmacode, containing all the elements for which the band is known; the duet vocals, the oddly-admirable tenacious loyalty to the nu-metal bass guitar sound, the lush instrumentation. They’ve been working hard to expand their core sound for years now, so I think a momentary retreat and regroup has no shame in it at all.

You pretty much know what you’re getting here. If you’re a fan of the band, rejoice. It’s not broken so it didn’t get fixed, and Cristina Scabbia’s Instagram account remains as fetching as ever. 7.5 out of 10

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Deals & Steals: Century Media Lady Madness

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Lightning Slim

  Grasping at straws for any linking factors here; I really just let my mind run wild on Second Spin. Wait, four of the records have female singers and are on Century Media records. That’ll make a great title, right?

All prices $US, and I paid $7.99 shipping.

Lacuna Coil – Comalies and Karmacode $7.99 apiece. Just filling in some back catalogue for one of my current favourites. These are from the Waldemar Sorychta years.

The Agonist – Lullabies for the Dormant Mind $9.99 and Once Only Imagined (free with promotion). Featuring Quebec’s premiere girly-screamo band! Weird how In This Moment have already done Heavy MTL and The Agonist haven’t, but happily that’s being rectified this year.

Cemetary – Sweetest Tragedies (free with promotion). Nice best-of compilation from a band with an eerily similar career trajectory to Sentenced.

Excessive Force – Gentle Death Remastered $7.99. The original Gentle Death had the dubious distinction of being one of the worst recorded albums from a band I liked. Fixed now!

Metallica – S&M $11.99. Because in a post-Lulu world I needed to think of better times.

And, going for a lovely $8.99, submitted without comment:

 

Album Review – Lacuna Coil “Dark Adrenaline” 2012

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by Lightning Slim

  Fans turned off by 2009’s radio-rock effort The Shallow Life will find Lacuna Coil more appropriately po-faced and grim on Dark Adrenaline, which takes the spirit of brevity and focus from that previous record and adds heaviness throughout.

Opener “Trip the Darkness” provides goth with bounce, Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro confidently commanding proceedings with rockstar moxie. Indeed, the whole album successfully blends the dark with the catchy. Scabbia in particular does solid work on “Intoxicated” and “Fire”, the latter a short, Jim Morrison-like mantra destined to cling to the listener’s ear long afterward. Ferro is also an authoritative presence, his accent (previously an issue for some) distinctive without being comical. The much-ballyhooed cover of REM’s “Losing My Religion” neither slavishly apes the original nor butchers it with unnecessary modification, ending up a fitting tribute to a song that really couldn’t get more goth to begin with.

Obligatory mention of Scabbia’s female-ness: Women in hard music have long fought an uphill battle to be taken seriously, often proving their own worst enemy by succumbing to the temptation to trade on image* or celebrate the female voice by stuffing releases with vocal trickery. Dark Adrenaline displays a workmanlike dedication to task that eschews this flashiness and delivers form and function together in a satisfying ride. Highly recommended. 8 out of 10

*The Shallow Life was in part a parody of this very phenomenon, at least visually. It backfired when many found the music itself to be a bit too on-the-nose.

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