Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo - Album CoverYou know what this makes me think of? Mainstream – rock solid mainstream. This is what the 7th studio album ‘Broken Crown Halo’ of Lacuna Coil screams at me. All this wrapped nicely in the typical Lacuna Coil ball gown – perhaps with more Pop Rock mixed into it this time. Some softer tongues (not the evil ones, for once) in the reviewer community seem to tell me that all this is an attempt for Lacuna Coil to redeem themselves and to re-discover their old style. But gosh, if I would face the final exit of a long time lead guitarist AND the drummer to boot, for sure I would put the pedal to the metal. Forsooth!

But you know what? I enjoyed the last record Dark Adrenaline much better than this one – much more straightforward, meatier, louder. For some reason Broken Crown Halo sometimes sounds like some goofy mix between We are the Fallen and an Evanescence lightning attack of stage fright. And in between – well – these guys come across like a badly distorted version of Amaranthe on a bad vacation on the Spanish party coast. But is Broken Crown Halo really worse than the former record? [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013) – Review

OMG!! 'The Rasmus' on steroids with a taste of 'Britney Spears'!! And this featuring a female front and two more male singers - one clear voice, the other growls. It is kind of a vocalist overkill of sorts and all that voodoo is delivered without the feathers that you would have gotten from Lauri and his gang! Once could describe it as total Pop Metal and Disco Metal, out of control, but with a few riffs made by Olof Mörck that got my attention straight away - not bad at all.