Lacuna Coil - _In a Reverie_
(Century Media, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (7.5 out of 10)
Some are saying that Lacuna Coil's latest effort is far superior to what The Gathering did with their spacey, lounge-like atmospheric release _How to Build a Planet?_. I can see (and hear) that in the band's full-length release for Century Media, as their sound has strengthened since last year's stunning six-song self-titled debut. Led by frontgal Cristina Scabbia and male vocalist Andrea Ferro, the Italian quintet work well off one-another, with Cristina's beautiful vocal arrangements accompanying the skilled musicianship and sometimes gothic sound of the band as it plays out. _In a Reverie_ works for two reasons: 1) the band knows that they have a talented ensemble to work with; and 2) their ideas of beauty and serenity are carefully executed within each and every song here. It's beautiful work that is etched here and Lacuna Coil should be praised for that. On the downside, this does at times sound too much like The Gathering or even the long gone (I haven't heard a release from them in a while) Dreamside. But as sounds do sound a bit similar at times, Lacuna Coil do break away from that and solidify their debut with numbers like "To Myself I Turned" and "Reverie". This is a good release and, to tell you the truth, for those of you still skeptical, Lacuna Coil deserve a listen.

(article published 7/7/1999)

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