30 August 2021

ALBUM REVIEW: Lacuna Coil – Live From The Apocalypse

Lacuna Coil is back!

Lacuna dropped “Live From The Apocalypse” on the 25th of June and while it’s a bit late, I’m completely taken by it, it’s absolute fire.

With this latest release, Lacuna Coil joined the exclusive club of ‘bands still doing major releases during the COVID-19 pandemic’ and it’s good to see that they bought the heat even with all the red tape.

The release features live performances from a live-streamed gig that lacuna put on for the Alcatraz club in Milan earlier in 2020. The performance is oddly eerie considering the lack of a live audience, but the album bangs regardless and is still a great attempt at releasing top class live content during a pandemic.

The sound of the album (considering all the difficulties that come with live releases) is amazing, It’s pure Lacuna Coil, and in a time where bands shouldn’t be feeling a certain ‘Umph’ factor, Lacuna bought it all for Live From The Apocolypse.

The set list of songs on the album is nothing new to Lacuna fans, a lot of the tracks are ripped from their 2019 Black Anima album, but it’s refreshing to see them put a new spin onto something we already know.

The grandiose sound and the almost operatic vocals the band produces is heavily present on the album, ‘Sword Of Anger is a good example of what this album achieves, the track starts with a meaty beat and develops into the natural Lacuna metal opera sound, every song on this album follows a similar suit, drawing us in with this pumped up into, then delving into the dark gothic sound that is Lacuna.

Vocalist Christina Scabbia hasn’t been idle with the lockdown judging by her phenomenal vocals on the release, Scabbia has always been an amazing singer, but it’s always rare to find a vocalist who stands up to their studio releases when they’re on the live stage, which is exactly what she did here.

Track 3 on the release Save Me is an iconic example of a powerhouse singer holding their own in live tracks, we also didn’t expect anything less from Ferro, but his vocal technique still amazes me every time.

The whole album follows this example, and vocals aren’t the only thing the band manages to get right, track 11 Veneficium really showed the bands ability to nail atmo metal while mixing live unpredictable vocals into the mix, it shows this huge level of professionalism that I honestly don’t think we have seen from the Lacuna.

I’m going to jump back a few songs here just to finish on one of my new all-time favourites, track 7 Apocolypse is a banger, it’s always going to be at the top of the list for me, the mix of guttural screams from Andrea Ferro and the angelic style of Scabbia makes for a fantastic mix that pushes this track into my most-liked list.

Technically the album is amazing, everything on the album just comes together so nicely, and it’s honestly something that you wish happened with every live release, in my opinion, if every band released live albums to this calibre, then that would be alright with me!

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Vocalist Christina Scabbia hasn’t been idle with the lockdown judging by her phenomenal vocals on the release, Scabbia has always been an amazing singer, but it’s always rare to find a vocalist who stands up to their studio releases when they’re on the live stage, which is exactly what she did here.