Lacuna Coil, ‘Delirium’ – Album Review
The Italian band Lacuna Coil have undergone several lineup changes over the past few years, with a few longtime members departing. Vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro remain, along with bassist Marco Coti Zelati.
With the changes for their latest album, Ferro says, "Delirium is not the beginning of a new chapter in Lacuna Coil's life, it is the beginning of a new book."
Scabbia adds, "Everything feels different this time in the Lacuna Coil camp. It's something I can hear, and something I can breathe. A new wave of confidence, a renewed essence, and pure drops of energy sweating out of our pores.”
Delirium utilizes some of the metal stylings from the band’s early days along with the accessible hard rock of more recent albums. Opening track “The House of Shame” opens with gruff vocals from Ferro before Scabbia’s melodic vocals kick in. “Broken Things” is catchy, but has plenty of heft.
Zelati wears multiple hats on Delirium. In addition to his bass duties, he also plays guitar on the album. And after working with high profile producers like Don Gilmore (Korn, Bullet For My Valentine) and Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Seether) on their last few albums, this time Zelati takes the production reins.
The band brought in some guest guitarists, as well, with Myles Kennedy (Slash, Alter Bridge), Diego Cavallotti (Neptune’s Rage) and Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More) among those contributing solos. This is the first Lacuna Coil album for drummer Ryan Blake Folden, who anchors the heavy parts with ease and shows dexterity and subtlety in softer sections.
Songs like “Downfall” add plenty of atmosphere and orchestration to the mix, as does “You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You.” When it comes to chemistry, Scabbia and Ferro have been singing together for 20 years, and their voices blend effortlessly. They trade off vocal parts seamlessly, whether they are both singing or if Ferro is using a harsher style.
Delirium should appeal to Lacuna Coil fans old and new. It’s a polished album with memorable and flawlessly arranged songs that also includes some of the heaviest material they have done. That combination makes for a diverse and dynamic release.
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