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Lacuna Coil is an Italian gothic metal band from Milan. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal, and they have recorded nine studio albums, two extended plays, two live albums, two compilation albums, one video album, and sixteen singles and music videos.

Inspired by the combination of gothic imagery and music, the members have been known, musically, for composing mid-tempo songs consisting of prominent guitar lines and contrasting dual female/male vocal harmonies to help create a melodic, detached sound. Much of the band’s recent material, however, sees a heavier and more down-tuned style, featuring a more distinct bass line and a higher mixing of the guitars within the songs.

They have toured internationally and were nominated in 2006 for a MTV Europe Music Award. They won the 2012 Metal Female Voices Fest Award for the Best Album, the 2016 Metal Hammer Award for the Best International Band, and the 2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best Live Act. The band’s 2012 release, Dark Adrenaline, peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. As of March 2012, Lacuna Coil have sold over two million albums worldwide.


Famous Gothic Band from Italy fronted by Cristina Scabbia


  1. Nothing Stands In Our Way
  2. Zombies
  3. Hostage to the Light
  4. Victims
  5. Die & Rise
  6. I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)
  7. Cybersleep
  8. Infection
  9. I Burn In You
  10. In the End I Feel Alive
  11. One Cold Day

Label: Century Media

Format: Cd Jewel Box

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2 recensioni per LACUNA COIL
Broken crown halo

  1. From Metalitalia: Non è un segreto che i Lacuna Coil, dopo il clamoroso successo e la svolta di “KarmaCode”, abbiano trovato il loro sound distintivo, raggiungendo nuovi ed impressionanti traguardi ed ampliando la loro fedele famiglia, che attende con ansia ogni loro mossa. Non è un mistero nemmeno che, sin dagli inizi, i milanesi siano la band italiana che più ci rappresenta a livello mondiale, con conseguenti crisi d’invidia soprattutto nel Bel Paese (e lo sa bene chi legge queste pagine, giusto?). Con queste ferme certezze rinnoviamo il nostro entusiasmo nell’ascolto di “Broken Crown Halo”, ennesimo documento dell’invidiabile continuità artistica della band: fedeli al loro presente e al loro passato, i Lacuna Coil hanno trovato un modo per riproporsi, senza sacrificare il pop metal velato di goth e sorretto dal groove nu metal che li ha resi celebri e che i fan adorano. Questa volta la formazione si è fermata in Italia a registrare, e negli studi dell’ex PFM Mauro Pagani ha giocato con le strumentazioni vintage care alle leggende del rock progressivo. Il risultato è un suono più crudo e live che mette in disparte le finezze sinfoniche e le frequenti sovraincisioni, influenzato dagli anni ’70 sia per l’equipaggiamento che per i retaggi dei film horror di quell’epoca, protagonisti delle sessioni di scrittura dei nuovi brani. Il maestro Argento e l’horror vecchia scuola è stato ispirazione per un’ipotetica colonna sonora scritta dalla vivida immaginazione di Marco Coti Zelati, mentre Andrea e Cristina si sono impegnati nella stessa direzione dal lato testuale, ripescando quel velo di oscurità in più tanto caro ai fan degli esordi del gruppo. Fa piacere notare una ritrovata aggressività nelle vocals di Andrea Ferro, che dona incisività alle ottime “Nothing Stands In Our Way” e “Die And Rise”, assieme a “Zombies”, alcuni dei pezzi più heavy della raccolta. A strizzare l’occhio ai vecchi fan, come anticipato, ci pensano “I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)”, potenziale singolo radiofonico, e la conclusiva “One Cold Day”, brano lungo, lento ed epico. Il resto è, niente di più niente di meno, quello che i fan del gruppo si aspettano dai Lacuna Coil: un disco ben focalizzato, rifinito sapientemente da un team di primo livello (Jay Baumgardner il produttore, Kyle Hoffmann l’ingegnere del suono e Howie Weinberg al mixing) e ottimo testamento musicale per Cristiano Mozzati e Cristiano Migliore, che lasciano a sorpresa dopo anni di permanenza. Per alcuni “Broken Crown Halo” sarà letto come un andare sul sicuro, per altri verrà accolto come una conferma; a parere di chi scrive, è la maniera migliore per rimettersi in pista in questo momento delicato e significativo della loro carriera.

  2. From Sputnikmusic: Lacuna Coil is one of the many bands to begin with a consistently evolving sound only to succumb to the perils of mainstream rock. The return of the band’s middle-eastern tinge sprinkled throughout their previous radio metal album Dark Adrenaline, however, bolstered the notion that Lacuna Coil have no intention of completely selling themselves out to the blood-sucking mainstream industry just yet. Broken Crown Halo continues in this regard, pulling even further from the radio-friendly sound and exploring some interesting new ideas in the process. The problem is that branching out isn’t always a good thing, especially when toying with a formula that worked fairly well in the past. Broken Crown Halo is not an inherently bad album, but there are glaring inconsistencies that prevent it from being as good as it should have been.

    The contrast between vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro is akin to beauty and the beast – Scabbia being the beauty, both aurally and aesthetically, and Ferro as the hairy, tone-deaf behemoth (with the best of intentions). Unfortunately, despite how hard Ferro tries to be a valued member of the band, he’s just not very good of a singer. He has a hollow, shout-y voice with no sense of pitch, and even when harmonizing with Scabbia he has the tendency to drift in and out of tune. His screams, as infrequent as they are, fare much better, and add a layer of darkness to the already gothic nature of the music. Scabbia, however, is the elegant grace that makes Lacuna Coil so appealing – she has an angelic timbre to her voice and has the ability to create beautifully infectious melodies over even the most mundane progressions (see “Hostage to the Light”). She also has impeccable range, and the higher she sings, the more entrancing her voice becomes. While her low register isn’t nearly as powerful, she rarely has the need for it since Ferro handles the lower harmonies, allowing her to blissfully soar above the music with majestic eloquence.

    On Broken Crown Halo, however, the lines between Scabbia’s beauty and Ferro’s beastliness are blurred. There are times where Scabbia is the most unappealing aspect of the song, and others when Ferro himself is carrying the tune. Opener “Nothing Stands in Our Way” in particular begins with a nicely sung verse by Christina, but proceeds into a monotonous chorus with no sense of purpose or direction; Ferro’s backing yells are what give the song most of its charm, that is, if it had any to begin with. Also, Scabbia’s low-sung verses on “Victims” are as dull as they are forgettable; not to mention her horrific, atonal yelled passage about two-thirds into the song (“People told me I was weak/I told them I’ll never quit/I will never quit!”) – an easy contender for the worst moment of the band’s career. However, there are plenty of times when their voices play off each other’s nicely, as they have in the past. Ferro takes the lead on the second track, “Zombies,” giving the verses a welcome angst-y tone before progressing into a beautifully sung chorus by Scabbia, made even better by Ferro’s anger-fueled screams backing her up. Furthermore, album highlight “Infection” has some of the best vocal work from both parties: the verses have a classic Lacuna Coil vibe with Scabbia’s remarkable vocal melodies and Ferro providing a raspy whisper in between her phrases; the pre-chorus keeps Ferro on a single, stagnant note with Scabbia tastefully harmonizing above; the Ferro-sung chorus sounds like it was taken straight from Dark Adrenaline (in a good way), and Scabbia joins in as the song progresses, making the climax of the song one of the album’s finest moments.

    Musically, Broken Crown Halo is all over the place. There are your standard groove-based tracks we’ve come to expect from post-Comalies Lacuna Coil (Nothing Stands in Our Way, Infection, In the End I Feel Alive), a handful of weighty power ballads (I Forgive, Cybersleep, One Cold Day), and even a nu-metal inspired aberration that could pass as a Slipknot B-side (Die & Rise). This scope of diversity is a fresh change of pace from the mainstream metal style that encompassed Dark Adrenaline, but sometimes the ideas flat out don’t work. “I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)” begins promisingly enough with moody melancholic chords, but all potential is lost as soon as Ferro’s abhorrent verse comes in; and Scabbia’s chorus yearns to be powerful and moving, but its drab repetition results in it sounding both irritating and perfunctory. Aforementioned “Die & Rise” sounds like a failed abortion off Karmacode, made worse by the horribly out-of-place harmonized Italian “chant” thrown carelessly into the mix. There are flashes of greatness, though, as shown by the riff-driven “Infection,” the luscious melodies of “Cybersleep” (which itself epitomizes a rock ballad done right), and best of all, the emotive closer dedicated to recently deceased former band member Claudio Leo. “One Cold Day” is a 6-minute, vocally driven somber ballad, with ominous piano and strings in the background providing a hauntingly beautiful ambience to it all. It showcases the best use of dynamic restraint on the album, alternating between soothing verses and a heavy chorus, then ending with the same dark piano motif with which it began – it’s simply beautiful: easily the best song they’ve written since their Comalies days, and possibly of their entire career.

    It’s easy to dismiss most of Lacuna Coil’s new material as radio friendly cash grabs, but Broken Crown Halo tries to change this reputation they’ve built for themselves, for better or worse. There are genuine moments of brilliance (the entirety of “One Cold Day”), genuine moments of atrocity (the verses in “I Burn in You” should never have been conceived, ever), and genuine moments of what the fuck? (Scabbia’s faux-rap in “Victims”); and in the end, it’s this ubiquitous inconsistency that plagues Broken Crown Halo and results in the whole not being as great as the sum of its parts

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