Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
Record label: Century Media
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Power Metal, Goth Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
Heavy, melodic, and relentlessly melodramatic, Italian goth-metal outfit Lacuna Coil's follow-up to 2009's Shallow Life bristles with the kind of nervous energy and well-honed theatricality that can only come from a band whose name translates to "empty spiral. " Like Leaves' Eyes, Nightwish, the Gathering, and Evanescence, the band knows how to set a tone, and Dark Adrenaline, once again produced by Don Gilmore (Bullet for My Valentine, Linkin Park), doesn’t disappoint. Bigger and bolder than the more radio-friendly Shallow Life (a solid, yet calculated, mascara-drenched cover of R.
With the rise of gothic rock and metal to worldwide popularity in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, many gothic metal bands began to receive heavy criticism for stylistic changes as their careers progressed. The two bands that received the brunt of such criticism were HIM and Lacuna Coil, for the supposed “American-ization” of their styles. While HIM defended their style changes to the critics, Lacuna Coil mostly ignored the criticism, barely even acknowledging their style changes in interviews or album previews.
Milan, Italy has not only spawned more than just a few world-class football teams, but a metal band that have come a long way since Comalies and Karma Code. Lacuna Coil have been through waves of elemental experimentation, yet retain the signature, melodic yin-yang of their sound. Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro blend light and dark vocal styles to establish mood on the record's single, "Trip The Darkness," aptly named for its distorted riffs with accented Italian tongue foolery.