Lacuna Coil. If those two words strike fear into your heart then this review probably isn’t for you, however if you are a fan of Lacuna Coil then feel free to keep reading. There are a lot of people in the world that like Lacuna Coil, there are also a lot of people that think that they don’t deserve to be as big a band as they are in the scene which they came from.
After capitalizing on the success afforded them by “Comalies” the band went and released “Karmacode” in 2006 and continued to rise to new heights, but that was all almost derailed in 2009 when the band dropped “Shallow Life,” an album that was as hollow as its name suggests. But the band are back now after their foray into more pop territory with a new album called “Dark Adrenaline,” this time it really could be make or break for the band.
“Dark Adrenaline” opens promisingly enough with lead single ‘Trip The Darkness’ which if I’m honest is a typical Lacuna Coil track and is in keeping with the other singles the band has released in its career, nothing out of the ordinary but still catchy enough, it also hints at what is to come.
The rest of the album plays out in a similar way as most Lacuna Coil albums do, but this time with added emphasis on everything, its almost as if the band are trying to prove a point at times, the catchy stuff is catchier, the heavy stuff is heavier. Its almost as if the band decided to make the ultimate Lacuna Coil album after the experiment in pop that was “Shallow Life,” it seems that they want to erase the memory of that and get back to being the band that they hinted at on “Karmacode”.
For the most part they succeed and whist “Dark Adrenaline” is head and shoulders above “Shallow Life” in terms of songwriting and quality it still doesn’t the playability factor that “Karmacode” did, I’ve listened to it a few times but nowhere near as much as I did “Karmacode” in the weeks after that was released. “Dark Adrenaline” is a good Lacuna Coil album that shows the band heading in the right direction but its still not a classic Lacuna Coil album by any stretch of the imagination, and the less said about their cover of ‘Losing My Religion’ by R.E.M the better.
Overall “Dark Adrenaline” is a return to more metal pastures by Lacuna Coil but shows the band still has a long way to go to get back to the peak they hit so early on in their career.