Lacuna Coil have absolutely put in their time as warriors in the nu-metal scene and have undoubtedly impacted the European metal market, where their records consistently appear as chart hits. Karmacode and Comalies, some of Lacuna’s earliest successes, peaked on American fanbases, carving out a permanent space for them in the American market. Lacuna Coil have released several albums since then, up to their latest Black Anima, released October 11 via long-time label Century Media Records.
“Reckless,” one of the singles from the record, echoes an early Lacuna Coil sound and reflects on all their strengths, offering a solid and catchy single in a short and sweet three-minute track. Christina’s vocal harmonies offer a classic and eerie take on their sound.
“Reckless” is the exception for the album and one of the better cuts. There are 11 tracks in total, and I can not say that this is an album that I can just hit play on and listen through. As an old-school Lacuna fan, I loved tracks like” Swamped” and “Our Truth,” and Black Anima is a different sound, for the most part. It’s not bad, just not what I remembered Lacuna Coil as—their sound has changed over time, as most bands do—but aside from “Reckless,” I can’t really say this album was for me—although fans of newer Lacuna may disagree.