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Impressive for such genre. - 70%

GraveWish, January 31st, 2007

Call it Gothic, call it Powerpop, call it whatever you like but that wont change the fact that this album is the ultimate masterpiece of Lacuna Coil (the one and only album by the band who deserves to be owned). Despite being away from metal in general, songs like "Swamped" and "Heaven's a Lie" are indeed metal classified, Doomy Gothic Metal is the appropriate genre for both songs.

Such bands are normally judged based on their vocals style and music composing since their majority of songs are too weak lyrically and don't add any extra impressions, not to mention that the music barely creates any atmosphere. In addition listeners are always focused on the sound (mainly vocals then the music). That will lead to a more objective way in judging the band. Moreover it will be harder to be impressed by the band's work.

Lacuna Coil's "Comalies" album is monotonous (excluding first two songs "Swamped" and "Heaven's a Lie", last song "Comalies"). Playing the same riffs over and over, like each new song is the follow up of the preceding one. Same mix of clean vocals between Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro, nothing really new: "typical Lacuna Coil", changing singing roles like a kind of conflict between the two singers, always won by Cristina. Some loud drums here and there specially in the first two songs. Not much effects added by keyboards supposed to play an important role in such music genre. Bass is the most overrated instrument, hardly heard in some songs. Reaching the song titled "Comalies", overruled by the unique performance of Cristina Scabbia, music is slow, deep and enthralling, a catchy song, deserves much attention.

Overall, the album is fine, definitely a must to try and to get (if you like it), deserves a 7/10 (the highly rated Gothic album i may review). Not much credits are given to the album cover and songs titles.
Highlights: Swamped, Heaven's a Lie, Comalies.