Been a LACUNA COIL fan for over a decade now. I’ve seen them several times and live they always kick 100% of the asses in attendance. Their track record with studio works has been a bit spotty for me, though. They have been very up and down with each release since the one-two punch of Comalies and Karmacode, and 2014’s Broken Crown Halo was okay, but nothing special. Still, I always go into a new album from them with high hopes. And in the case of Delirium (out May 27 on Century Media Records) those hopes are very much justified and then some.
For one thing, vocalist Andrea Ferro sounds like an angry demon on some of the new tunes. This is a fire that was definitely missing last time around. Cristina Scabbia is fantastic as always and she also pushes herself harder on this disc than we’re used to. The resulting greatness is simply a proclamation of “Guess who’s back, BITCHES?!?” across most of the songs. Some of the ones that had me staring wide-eyed in disbelief were “Broken Things”, “Blood, Tears, Dust” and opener “The House of Shame”. These three show a band bringing the heavy in fucking spades, mixed perfectly with the haunting melodies we’ve come to know and love from them.
“Downfall” is slow and pained, and Scabbia’s delivery is sensational. She also nails it with title track “Delirium” and “You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You”. This one is especially good due to the murky, jangly guitar line throughout and the addition of Ferro’s screams at just the right moments. Speaking of guitars, the staccato riffing during “Ghost In the Midst” gives it added bite. Like I said earlier, this is a heavier LACUNA COIL than some of you may be used to…and that is a wonderful thing! Some creepy-sounding kids kick off “Take Me Home” before Ferro lets fly with “Take me for a RIIIIIIIIDE!!” and away we go. He and Scabbia work in perfect concert here and it’s yet another album highlight.
“My Demons” has some heavy guitar lines, and a soaring hook all set against a slow, deliberate tempo and “Claustrophobia” is very much Scabbia’s declaration song. Closer “Ultima Ratio” takes everything we’ve just spoken about and wraps it all up in a four-minute time bomb, reminiscent of SEVENDUST, another band we love here at A&GS. At the end of the day LACUNA COIL have delivered their best album in 14 years with Delirium. Each and every song is worth getting excited over and there’s not a clunker in the bunch. The band should do a full U.S. headlining run and not be direct support to anyone. At least five of these songs need to become permanent fixtures in their live set, and I hope that’s exactly what happens.
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM