Written by Alex Mrkonjic
The House Of Shame
Broken Things Delirium
Blood, Tears, Dust
Take Me Home
You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You
Ghost In The Mist
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Label: Century Media Records
Cristina Sabbia - Female vocals Andrea Ferro - Male vocals Marco Coti-Zelati - Guitars, bass, keyboards & synths Ryan Blake Folden - Drums Diego Cavallotti - Guitars
For someone who started listening during the Comalies album, the last few albums have made Lacuna Coil more of a hard rock band than a gothic metal one. The new album Delirium is a return to their roots with adrenaline-inducing riffs, dark lyrics, and bludgeoning drums. Marco Coti-Zelati takes over this album completely acting as producer and pulling triple duty as guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist. I honestly can’t remember the last time male vocalist Andrea Ferro did this much screaming. “The House of Shame”, “Blood, Tears, Dust”, and “Take Me Home” are prime examples of this. Drummer Ryan Blake Folden really makes a name for himself with a floor shaking double bass heard throughout the album.
My favourite song on the album is hands down “Ghost in the Mist”. It is one hundred percent classic Lacuna Coil from beginning to end. Think “Heaven’s a Lie” but on steroids. The dual vocals from Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro really complement each other on this track and not to mention the pulse-pounding riff right after the second course. It isn’t all a ruthless assault on the ears however. The title track “Delirium”, “You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You” and “Downfall” all give you a chance to relax for a bit, with the latter featuring an amazing solo from Alter Bridge lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy. The only slight issue I have with the album is that “ You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You” feels out of place on this album. It sounds like it belongs on Shallow Life or Broken Crown Halo. With that being said it is still a good song.
Right before that, “Take Me Home” brings you right back to Lacuna Coil’s early years with Comalies-esque riffs and a bass sound that is right out of Karmacode. This is a song that you will have on repeat for days on end. The songs “My Demons”, Claustrophobia”, and “Ultima Ratio” are a strong way to end to an already epic album.
For fans of old school Lacuna Coil this album is a must listen for anyone who wants a good shock to their system. I imagine their live shows just got a lot better.