ALBUM REVIEW: Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Originally published 5/30/16

Lacuna Coil, everyone’s favorite Italian goth metal group, released their latest album, Delirium, on May 27th. Delirium follows up on 2014’s Broken Crown Halo, and is being billed as Coil’s darkest album ever.

Now, when I first got into Euro metal about 10 years ago, I stumbled upon Lacuna Coil almost by accident. I had no idea who they were or where they came from, but their sound and Cristina Scabbia’s vocals on Heaven’s A Lie pulled me in immediately and made me a fan. I stopped following the band for a while after 2009’s Shallow Life, skipping Dark Adrenaline and Broken Crown Halo, only listening to them recently, but now that I’m In the business of covering both live music and album releases, I feel it’s my duty to pay attention to one of the biggest bands to come out of Europe.

Delirium opens with The House of Shame, where Andrea Ferro’s growling vocals are more present than I’ve ever remembered on previous albums. This continues on Broken Things, where Ferro is featured prominently in the track’s opening, which is nice to hear from a band that, during its early years, centered mostly on its female vocals. The album’s title track, Delirium, sits in the 3 spot and is where the album really gets going.

Blood, Tears, Dust is one of my favorite tracks on the album, reminding me if the time Korn tried to a more mainstream, less industrial sound, albeit with Scabbia’s vocals mixed in on the chorus for good measure, but Ghost in the Mist and My Demons really take the cake for me as the album’s best tracks.

All told, Delirium’s 11 tracks check in at 44:38, all of which is full of hard hitting heavy metal. While the band’s overall sound hasn’t changed much over the last few albums, they’ve done a great job incorporating Ferro’s vocals and featuring him more prominently over the last few albums, and Delirium is no exception. For a goth metal band, one would expect their entire repertoire would consist of dark lyrics, but Delirium is exactly as advertised: the band’s darkest album ever.

While virtually every track is as heavy as those on Broken Crown Halo, there’s a different tone here, one that we haven’t seen previously from LC. There’s the prominent presence of organs here, along with much darker lyrics that give you this sense of being locked in some sort of asylum, trying to escape, which is only helped by the album art and promo photos for Delirium.

I’ve always been a fan of metal bands that feature female lead vocals, there’s just something about it that brings a unique sound when done correctly, with the right music, and Lacuna Coil is no exception. While I’ve never been a fan of growling vocals, Ferro’s compliment Cristina Scabbia’s voice very well, and it took me a long time to realize that, and LC shows some versatility on Delirium, and also why they’ve been in the metal business for nearly 20 years now.

Delirium is a solid all-around effort from LC, who are currently touring it up in the US to support the album. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to catch either of their NYC dates, but I’m really, really looking forward to seeing them whenever they might come around again.

Track listing:

1. “The House of Shame”
2. “Broken Things”
3. “Delirium”
4. “Blood, Tears, Dust”
5. “Downfall”
6. “Take Me Home”
7. “You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You”
8. “Ghost in the Mist”
9. “My Demons”
10. “Claustrophobia”
11. “Ultima Ratio”

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