"Black Anima" is the ninth studio album by Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil, released by Century Media Records on October 11, 2019. Recording took place BRX Studio in Milano, Italy. This will be the first album to feature drummer Richard Meiz, also part of Italian heavy metal band, Genus Ordinis Dei.
Throughout ‘Black Anima,’ Lacuna Coil demonstrate their uncanny ability to masterfully harness core ingredients while pushing at the boundaries. Blending Gothic with groove, melody with brutality, the simple and the refined, the final result is richly textured and layered. Best recognized in quintessential songs such as the leading single “Layers Of Time” and single-worthy “Save Me”, as well as “Under The Surface,” which easily stand among the bands best work to date. Throughout, the characteristically juxtaposed vocals of Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro dynamically guide fans through this fresh, intense Lacuna Coil sound, carved out by bassist Marco Coti Zelati, who brilliantly produced this impressive batch of songs.
Nothing can stand still. It either grows or dies. ‘Black Anima’ sees Lacuna Coil growing as a band, looking at the less desirable, yet all too real side of the human condition. A warts and all exploration of that which lives just under the surface. Rather than grabbing metal by the scruff and shaking it, ‘Black Anima’ is steeped in a love of the genre, subtly suggesting some new pastures for growth. Which is where Lacuna Coil have always lived, setting trends rather than slavishly following them. Epic, intimate, and luxuriant, ‘Black Anima’ is a tour de force. Making metal wiser and richer for it.
Reviewed by Carl O'Rourke for metalwani.com. User Comments