28/01/2023

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Reviews – Comalies XX – BLABBERMOUTH.NET

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Reviews – Comalies XX – BLABBERMOUTH.NET

01. Swamped XX
02. Heaven’s A Lie XX
03. Daylight Dancer XX
04. Humane XX
05. Self Deception XX
06. Aeon XX
07. Tight Rope XX
08. The Ghost Lady And The Hunter XX
09. Unspoken XX
10. Entwined XX
11. The Prophet Claimed XX
12. Angel’s Punishment XX
13. Comalies XX

The to start with matter to notice about “Comalies XX” is that it appears to imply, really closely, that 2002 was 20 decades in the past. Ridiculous, I know. Even so, all that time looks to have handed and LACUNA COIL‘s most beloved report is as ripe for reassessment and, as is the situation in this article, reconstruction as any from those heady, post-millennial days. If there is any will need to justify this evidently wholesale re-imagining, the point that the primary “Comalies” is continue to greatly regarded as the Italians’ most effective album does most of the function for us. Recorded at a magical moment when LACUNA COIL‘s early repurposing of gothic metal advanced into something even bigger, heavier and much more obtainable, it turned them into important gamers. There have been a few good documents given that then, of course, but “Comalies” nonetheless stands out, equally for its timeliness and too much to handle good quality.

Thankfully, this new edition has been shrewdly conceived. Instead than merely re-recording the music with condition-of-the-artwork know-how, LACUNA COIL have rebuilt the likes of “Swamped” and “Tight Rope” from the ground up, getting the original’s melodic essence and standard composition and drenching them with a entire new coloration scheme. The success, though inconsistent, are usually sufficiently distinctive from before variations to justify the whole conceit, even though the greatest moments are often truly startling.

“Heaven’s A Lie” has extended been a lover favourite and staple of LACUNA COIL‘s reside reveals. On “Comalies XX”, that anthemic is flipped on its head, with co-vocalist Andrea Ferro offering the hook, and Scabbia weaving her asides as a result of layers of pitch-black guitars. It is darker, heavier and more epic than the first, and the psychological heft that made the song these kinds of a vintage is, if nearly anything, enhanced. “Limited Rope”, which was a punchy, goth-metallic stomper led by Ferro‘s gruff snarl back again in 2002, has blossomed into a luxurious, symphonic ballad, with Scabbia‘s pristine vocal as its soulful, sincere main. Even a lot more putting is the distinction amongst the initial title monitor — a shape-shifting, submit-rock confection — and “Comalies XX”, which is at least three occasions heavier and provides factors to a a great deal a lot more devastating, doom-run summary.

Grumpy folks will constantly get concern with bands that re-report sacred milestones, but LACUNA COIL have had the foresight and integrity to make “Comalies XX” worthwhile on each individual stage. Most likely additional importantly, they have artfully proved that these tunes audio just as wonderful in 2022 as they did 20 summers ago. Furthermore, the primary album is thrown in as an extra, or potentially important, bonus. Good contact.

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