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Lacuna Coil - Comalies - 90%

DarkDryad, July 16th, 2004

Lacuna Coil’s Comalies a perfect example of women taking place in metal. Cristina Scabbia is one of metal’s female icons, with her incredibly high range voice; she definitely is a metal goddess. Lacuna Coil was the first band, that had a female as vocalist, that I ever listened too. And I was not disappointed at all when I first heard this album. The moment the first song begins, I was blown away by Cristina’s capability of reaching those high notes. Not only did Cristina have nice vocals on Swamped, I enjoyed the Andrea’s vocals too. A bit more growls would have been appreciated, but the song was well executed.

There is the eternal debate (as for many bands) about classifying this band. It is agreed that it is gothic metal, however, as seen on Comalies, Lacuna Coil’s sound sounds a little popish. Some compare this band to Evanescence, I would not go as far as saying that they play the same genre of music, but I agree that they do have a little of pop influences. Nonetheless, Lacuna Coil is an awesome band and Comalies is a solid album. The heavy guitar riffs mixed with Cristina’s clear vocals renders the songs amazing. There is also a nice and slow song on the album: Aeon. It starts off with a nice acoustic riff on the guitar and there is a clean electric guitar riff that comes in not long after, which is great. Then there is something weird, the song jumps, the song was recorded as if the CD was jumping in the CD player. I don’t know what that was about, but anyhow the song is still great.

There are a few tracks that really stand-out from others, such as: Swamped, Daylight Dancer and The Ghost Woman And The Hunter. Overall the album is great, there is not really a bad track, but the songs can get repetitive. Well I enjoyed it the first time I heard it and still enjoy it each time it plays. I give it 90/100, there are not many metal bands that have a female singer, but Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia does an excellent job.