Album Review – Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline
Dark Adrenaline is the 6th studio album from Italy’s Lacuna Coil. Prior to the release of Dark Adrenaline, I read an article that said singer Cristina Scabbia liked the direction the band was taking. For me that meant more pop/less rock. Therefore, my anticipation for new Lacuna Coil music dwindled. Despite my lack of enthusiasm, I purchased the album on its release date and gave it several spins before deciding how I felt. Should I even say spins anymore? There was nothing actually spinning, but I think you know what I mean. The computerized sound files were playing all day.
One thing is definitely consistent with Lacuna Coil. They are going to have “some” catchy songs. Dark Adrenaline maintains the status quo. A few songs stand out as I suspected they would; Against You, Give Me Something More, and Intoxicated. Trip The Darkness is pretty good too. Other than that, the rest of the album feels more like the same filler you probably heard on Shallow Life and Karmacode. Is it bad? No not really, but they seem to have taken a certain direction around Comalies and apparently it does not include revisiting the past.
I do find Dark Adrenaline slightly more rock than Shallow Life; just a little bit darker. Other than that, it is the same Lacuna Coil you have heard over the last 6 years or so. This won’t stop me from going to see them live if given the chance. If they take samples from each album and play them live, it will probably be a good set. Plus, there is the added bonus of seeing Cristina sing live. I hear she’s really good, but have yet to see a live Lacuna Coil show.
The bonus edition features some live acoustic music of Closer, Heaven’s A Lie, Within Me, and Spellbound. There is also an interesting cover song of R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion. I am still scratching my head on that one. I would like to think that if they covered another artist they might go heavier to show fans they can still do it; maybe counterbalance the softness of their newest material. Instead, they are covering music even more pop. Also with the bonus edition, you get the video for Trip The Darkness which is actually a decent video.
Overall, I am left uninspired, but that shouldn’t stop the die-hard Lacuna Coil fans from buying the album. I wasn’t looking for much to begin with so to hear a few songs stick out is about what I expected. Dark Adrenaline is more of the same Lacuna Coil which, for the most part, is not necessarily a bad thing; it just doesn’t have me doing cartwheels. They have the capability to be much heavier, but choose not to go that route.