I'm annoyed until today, that I spent only 8 points on the last LACUNA COIL record, because it absolutely deserves one point more, but what can I do...
"Comalies" is the title of the meanwhile third LACUNA COIL record, which is rotating in my player. What can I say? That the sound of the Italians has changed? No, it doesn't, but it's also no copy of their breakthrough album. What is more, you can attest the sextet, that they have improved in their own sound but without to plot a revolution.
Still a very balanced mixture of Gothic Metal, Gothic Rock, much atmosphere, heavy guitars and, of course, the expressive vocals of Andrea Ferro and the bands' centre person, Crisina Scabbia, whose powerful voice stamps the sound of the band, rule this CD.
The songs are very catchy, but never pop-like or plain, super melodic and atmospheric, especially the first single "Heaven's A Lie" is exemplary for that, but also songs like "Daylight Dancer", "Humane" or the very strong "The Prophet Said" witness the class and homogeneity of "Comalies", where Cristina is the turntable, of course, otherwise Andrea Ferros' vocals in cooperation with Signorina Scabbia show a crucial factor of the originality of LACUNA COIL.
Not forget, who's thinking on "Aeon" that the CD is damaged, that was intentional for the attention of the listener, as Cristina told me. Strange ideas, they have...
To sum up, "Comalies" is not as hypnotically fascinating as "Unleashed Memories", yet a well-made album. (Online October 10, 2002)