Lacuna Coil Album Review – ‘Delirium’

Lacuna Coil had an eventful two years with lots of line-up changes. The only remaining, original band members are vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro alongside bass player Marco Coti Zelati. After such a tumultuous phase Lacuna Coil’s latest record ‘Delirium’ can be seen as a new start to the next chapter of the band. After almost 20 years of recording and releasing album, a new line-up can be a tremendous chance to reignite the career or it can mean further danger. Let’s see what ‘Delirium’ will do for Lacuna Coil.

The first impression you get listening to ‘Delirium’ is that it is an extremely polished album. After having worked with a number of well-known producers the band took their music in their own hands.  Bassist Zelati has stepped up and took over the duties as producer. That has worked out quite well. ‘Delirium’ is not only a polished album which should help the band with their traditional way of being heavier than mainstream music yet trying to appeal to the wider masses. There is plenty of orchestration, big melodies and some electronic trickery that seem to blend seamlessly into the heavier parts of the album. And that is where the second main difference to the later albums of Lacuna Coil’s career lies. The band incorporates harsh vocals and heavier, groovier and more riff-laden parts back into their songs to a greater extent.

The band’s last couple of albums certainly went down the trodden path of mass appeal leaving out some of the more extreme parts Lacuna Coil had in their music at the beginning of their career. Now that they have concentrated more on these heavier parts again without leaving the catchy and melodic elements behind it seems the Italians make an effort to address both their older and newer fans. That effort culminates in tracks like ‘Broken Things’ and ‘You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You’ that combine the best of both worlds by breaking up the big, catchy refrains with harsher parts. The rest of the eleven tracks meander between those extremes of pop metal with songs like ‘Downfall’ and the title track ‘Delirium’ and the heavier compositions like the opener ‘The House Of Shame’ and ‘Ghost In The Mist’.

The larger variety of styles and the production of ‘Delirium’ make the album one of the stronger in Lacuna Coil’s back catalogue. The only real critic I have is that Lacuna Coil are playing it really safe with ‘Delirium’. The incorporation of heavier parts certainly should appeal to fans of the earlier albums. However, these heavier parts appear to be too generic for fans of more extreme metal. On the other hand, it seems the band are trying too hard at times find the right lyrics and rhymes (“One two three, breaking free […] Sick, sick, sick no more tricks”). Overall I believe ‘Delirium’ will find its audience but I doubt that it will change the trajectory of Lacuna Coil’s career significantly.

7 of 10