It literally takes seconds for the first WTF moment to register and requires a double take that this is indeed the new Lacuna Coil album playing. Early reports that this was going to be their heaviest album to date were not exaggerated, and when Andrea Ferro unleashes a guttural growl a mere 15 seconds into opener ‘The House Of Shame’, it’s game on. ’Delirium’ seems to be very much Ferro’s album as well as main songwriter and bassist Marco CotiZelati, who along with his normal duties, took on the mantle of producer, as well as handling the guitar, keyboard, and synth parts… busy lad. The album is darker and more sinister than anything Lacuna Coil have previously produced, and new drummer Ryan Folden plays an integral part in this, as his double bass work is something that perhaps the band have lacked, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Back to the opener ‘The House Of Shame’. The term to describe the “new” Lacuna Coil that seems to have been spawned by fans online is “Gothcore”, and that’s not too far off. It begins with a quiet orchestral intro, before Ferro gatecrashes with a roar that must have been brewing inside for years. It’s a shock to the system as he barks out his lines with venom, but the growls are never that harsh that they become indecipherable. Cristina Scabbia is on hand to give him some respite with an almost operatic performance, and her parts that play over a soaring keyboard arrangement are incredible. Folden’s drum work is relentless, and the new guy is clearly out to impress from the off. ”Gothcore”? Yeah, I’m liking that.
‘Broken Things’ continues the metalcore similarities, with Andrea again displaying an impressive change of style. If you look back on ‘Nothing Stands In Our Way’, from previous album ‘Broken Crown Halo’, then you will hear some growls from him in the background. Push them right to the front, and you have a rough idea of what to expect on ‘Delirium’. When Scabbia takes over the vocal duties, it’s more like traditional Lacuna Coil, especially on the “1,2,3..” refrain that forms part of the chorus. The title track is again more of the “classic” Lacuna Coil sound. It’s dark, brooding, and in places quite creepy (especially if you have cans on and you pick up the background noises). Scabbia handles most of the vocals, and her screams are as powerful as ever.The guitars are low key, instead it’s the drums and bass that do most of the work, and Ferro sings in his natural voice. There’s also what sounds like an Arabic musical instrument playing during the chorus, which adds to the creepiness factor.
‘Blood,Tears, Dust’ begins with an intro that, believe it or not, echoes The Prodigy. An electronic assault on the senses prevails before Ferro unleashes his growl again. I love the gothic keyboards that can be heard underneath Scabbia’s vocals. Very atmospheric.
The Prodigy vibe continues as the band change tack constantly, and the track features one of the few guitar solos on the album, as Mark Vollelunga of Nothing More steps up and lets fly.’Downfall’ is all Cristina. It’s slow and atmospheric, with lashings of layered keyboards, and Andrea comes in midway with some deranged vocals that give way to a soaring guitar solo from none other than Myles Kennedy. ’Take Me Home’ is spooky as hell, as it begins with some kids singing a nursery rhyme. We’re not talking innocent little cherubs here, more like the spooky twin girls that freak me out in The Shining.