Lacuna Coil - _Unleashed Memories_
(Century Media, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I'll admit it, folks. I'm in love with Cristina Scabbia's voice. Not only is the woman a work of art physically, but her voice is so angelic and so mesmerizing, it just leaves me powerless with each listen of Lacuna Coil's new disc _Unleashed Memories_. While the Italian band has grown tremendously since their self-titled EP debut for Century Media back in 1998 [CoC #31], the band still maintains the gothic elements and dual vocals they had early on. And that is a good thing. While change has come to the band, no doubt in Scabbia's vocal range and the songwriting aspect of the band, Lacuna Coil don't show off too much with what they do. They just do what needs to be done and move on. Some of the grander moments that permeate throughout _UM_ are songs like "Heir of a Dying Day" and "When a Dead Man Walks", songs that reek of perfection and long hours trying to bring an epic feel to them. I've always liked the dual vocals of Scabbia and Andrea Ferro (growls), a trait I've always appreciated with another great band, Within Temptation. _UM_ is a great record for fans of metal music to take in nowadays, because not only does it offer a solid set of variety, it also takes you on a journey that few bands can take you on. Brutality is left at the door with Lacuna Coil, only to have it creep into the music for short intervals as the beautifully sculpted sound flickers and regroups to take shape as another stunning display of musicianship. This record should break Lacuna Coil open big time -- at least I'm hoping it will.
(article published 5/13/2001)
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