Lacuna Coil has a track record or releasing a great album, followed by a weaker one. Unfortunately, Broken Crown Halo is a weaker one. While not a bad album per se, it doesn’t have the hooks and the songs are not as good as their previous effort, Dark Adrenaline.
The primary draw of the band is their captivating lead singer, Cristina Scabbia. Her vocals never disappoint but the material does not give her much to work with. The guitars, bass and drumming are heavy and crushing (as they should be on a metal album), but the song writing is weak and there really aren’t any memorable songs on the album.
I was disappointed in Broken Crown Halo, particularly after their spectacular previous release, Dark Adrenaline. Broken Crown Halo is not a bad album, it’s just not up to the level of their previous efforts. Hopefully the next one will be as good as or better than their best (Comalies and Karma Code come to mind.)
However, Broken Crown Halo is worth a listen if you are a fan of the band. Click on the following link to place a hold:
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