Two years in the making, Lacuna Coil’s ninth album arrives after the group published their first book ‘Nothing Stands In Our Way’ which tells the story of the bands journey so far since forming back in 1994. The powerhouse from Milan brings Industrial, electronic, synth, Alt and metal together, hitting each genre hard down the middle, with classic Lacuna chord progression, heavy bass and melodic breakdowns, there’s a little something for everyone.
Black Anima, giving us the same formula that they have been using for 20 years now. The old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” come to mind but this does feel like very safe territory for the band. With Andrea Ferro taking a step forward on this album, his harsh roaring has definitely been more of a key feature, whether that’s a good thing or not is entirely subjective. Christina Scabbia who shares the vocals, describes the new album as the darkest and heaviest yet. With recent events in Christina’s life inspiring several aspects, she’s carrying the torch and saying you can come through these hardships stronger than you could have ever imagined.
'Save me', the penultimate track, in my opinion is definitely the strongest on the album. It’s deeply personal, venerable, heartfelt and bound to evoke an emotional response from old fans and new. Really showing off Christina’s Scabbia’s vocal range here and telling a story of pressure, loss, pain and a will to fight and overcome your own personal struggles, sure to resonate for so many different reasons.
The album released in this month via Century Media is to be followed by their tour through Europe this November. With promise of a whole new energy, stage presence and special effects. This album was written with their love of live performances in mind. Bigger, louder and heavier than ever before. Written together with long-time producer and bassist Marco Coti-Zelati over the course of a few years, Black Anima is the culmination of many inputs. Delving deep in to Lacuna Coil’s repertoire, reaching heavier and darker expressions with beautifully balanced melodies.