Lacuna Coil
Unleashed Memories


4.0
excellent

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
December 15th, 2005 | 31 replies | 25,941 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Unleashed Memories, the 2nd full length album by the Irish gothic metal band, Lacuna Coil, released in 2000. Probably the best album by Lacuna Coil, Unleashed Memories is packed with heavy riffs and beautiful melodies that creates a mystical atmosphere that, luckily, lacks a lot of the electronica influence found in Lacuna Coil�s Comalies, and with Century Media in their production line, Lacuna Coil could never sound as rich as they did in this album. Although the rerelease of this album in 2001 contains 5 extra tracks that are Lacuna Coil�s Half-Life EP, the original album only contained 10 tracks all of 4 minutes or more (with the exception of Senzafine, which is 3 minutes 53 seconds long). Also, with lyrics about personal longing, schizophrenia, and paranoia, Unleashed Memories is lyrically a breakthrough for Lacuna Coil and gothic metal in general.

The two vocalist, Christina Scabbia (female vocals) and Andrea Ferro (male vocals), work together well on this album, with Andrea Ferro playing a much larger role in the songs then he did in Comalies. Christina Scabbia, however, is by far the better, and most dominant, vocalist, with a voice that could only be described as a sharper, angrier, less whiney Amy Lee. Also, on certain tracks, specifically Senzafine, both vocalist sing in the Italian language, giving a unique feel to the song(s). Both of the vocalist make astounding breakthroughs in their singing on the tracks To Live Is To Hide, 1:19, and Cold Heritage, all (for the most part) vocal driven songs, which are rather rare on this album.

The two guitarists, Cristiano Migliore and Marco Biazzi, are for the most part mediocre guitarist, but manage to mix their guitar tunes together to make a unique and mystical atmosphere in the band�s music. They also have their highlight moments delivering astounding riffs such as in When A Dead Man Walks and Wave Of Anguish. Marco Coti Zelati, the bassist, is also only mediocre, but overall helps the band create the unique style of gothic metal that is Lacuna Coil. Cristiano Mozzati, the drummer and percussionist for the band, has probably the most instrumental talent in the band. Overall, Lacuna Coil�s music proves to be dominant on this album, and Comalies is definitely a step down from this album musically.

The first track on the album, Heir Of A Dying Day, starts off slow, but picks up into a steady continuation of heavy riffs interlude by Christina Scabbia�s beautiful voice. The song as a whole flows very well and easily defines the overall sound of the album and has a catchy chorus, but is not one of the better tracks on the CD. To Live Is To Hide has an awesome, mystical intro, and is much faster then Heir Of A Dying Day, and in the end proves to be the better of the two tracks. Purify is next, and is the first slow track on the album, with Christina Scabbia dominating on the vocals, it is no match to Unleashed Memories other slow track, Cold Heritage.

Senzafine, the track sung in all Italian by both vocalist, comes in fast and hard and is the only track to really use any percussions or electronics, which give an extra feel to the atmosphere of the track. When A Dead Man Walks follows Senzafine with heavy, slow riffs that fail to light up except when Christina takes over the bridge of the song. Another notable track on the album. 1:19 is another profound track, with even a presence of growling from male front man Andrea Ferro. The song is another fast track with a catchy chorus and flows really well with the rest of the album. The second slow, mellow track, Cold Heritage follows the fast and heavy 1:19 with some slowly percussions before the soft plucking of the electric guitar comes in. Probably one of the best songs on the album, Christina Scabbia shows some real vocal skill on the track.

Distant Sun is another track that starts off slow, and keeps that pace throughout most of the song. Although not a distinctive track like When A Dead Man Walks and Cold Heritage, Distant Sun is another good example of Lacuna Coil�s power before electronics took over their music. A Current Obsession, is considerably the 3rd (4th f you count Distant Sun) slow track on the album, and overall doesn�t compete with it�s previous mellow tracks. Finally, Wave Of Anguish finishes the album breaking into heavy riffs similar to When A Dead Man Walks, and breaking the string of soft and slow tracks on the album. All in all, Unleashed Memories is definitely the classic Lacuna Coil album and a must have for any fans of Christina Scabbia or Lacuna Coil as a whole.

Pros
-- Great vocal work
-- Great music by Lacuna Coil�s standards
-- Lyrically impressing
-- Great mixture of fast and slow tracks

Cons
-- Senzafine can get annoying due to it�s lack of any English words
-- Can feel rather repetitive the first couple of times you listen to it

Track Listing
1. Heir Of A Dying Day (4/5)
2. To Live Is To Hide (4.5/5)
3. Purify (4/5)
4. Senzafine (3.5/5)
5. When A Dead Man Walks (5/5)
6. 1:19 (4.5/5)
7. Cold Heritage (5/5)
8. Distant Sun (3.5/5)
9. A Current Obsession (3.5/5)
10. Wave Of Anguish (4/5)



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Shattered_Future
December 15th 2005



1539 Comments


I'll edit this, showing my computer will post it.

FINALLY.

Now...I was going to do this eventually.

Eh, good review at any rate, even if your track by tracks are a bit lacking.

I disagree on a few points though...

The 2 guitarists aren't "mediocre". Sure, they're a bit below par, but there's some
rather complicated stuff on here, and they use the fact that there's 2 guitarists to
great advantage.

Marco Coti Zelati contributes a lot to the band with all the synth layering he does.
There's some absolutely crazy stuff he can do with the synths.

Musically, Unleashed Memories is better than Comalies, no doubt. Vocally, Comalies
beats Unleashed Memories, but both are quite good.This Message Edited On 12.15.05

Cravinov13
December 15th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^ Huh???

innerdark
December 15th 2005



749 Comments


lacuna coil are Italian, not Irish

Iai
Emeritus
December 15th 2005



3553 Comments


the Irish gothic metal band, Lacuna Coil

Hahahahahahahahaha

I know it's a typo rather than an actual mistake (you mention that they sing in Italian later), but even so, that's pretty funny.This Message Edited On 12.15.05

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 15th 2005



257 Comments


[quote=review] Unleashed Memories, the 2nd full length album by the Irish gothic metal band, Lacuna Coil, released in 2000.[/quote]

just thought i would point out others mistakes becuase of my low self of steam

EDIT:
damnit Iai you beat me to itThis Message Edited On 12.15.05

innerdark
December 15th 2005



749 Comments


wrong, i beat Iai to it :-)

Wave.Existance.Tears
December 15th 2005



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe...seperately not that good and together pretty good. Or at least thats what he just told me, and he's kinda right. You can write/play some cool stuff that's not complex and still suck in the technical ability factor.

Blackhiem, anyone?

I like this cd more than Comalies as well. Comalies is purely vocally based, almost to the extent of being goth pop. This actually had some good, catchy guitar work. They actually WERE, say, contemporaries, with bands like KATATONIA (Blackheim) and darkwave bands. Maybe Lacuna Coil is trying to hard for mainstream, American success...like Opeth? Dang. This isn't cool. Good bands/original bands conforming.

Yes, someone's gonna say that LC isn't very original. They DO, in fact, have a somewhat original tone/mood going on...better done here than there (Comalies).


This Message Edited On 12.15.05

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 15th 2005



257 Comments


oh man. oh man. you did not just say what i think you said.

Maybe Lacuna Coil is trying to hard for mainstream, American success...like Opeth? Dang.


im not going to say anything just. Brace yourself

Wave.Existance.Tears
December 15th 2005



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, I did. And yes, I know. I said it.

Opeth is one of my favorite bands. I just think they should have called the new album SELL OUT rather than GHOST REVERIES.

Ghost Reveries can burn.

EDIT: Have you heard GR yet?This Message Edited On 12.15.05

Wave.Existance.Tears
December 15th 2005



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

-More accessible
-the uber-cool and original guitar tone got the crap beat out of it, and its pretty much gone
-the atmosphere/tone in general has changed drastically in favor of pseudo-mainstream, upbeat prog with some growls thrown in
-70s prog keyboard? It doesn't fit
-Lyrics have taken a major hit, as in they aren't abstract or interesting, but rather somewhat simple in places and spotty in general
-Its a spotty album in general! But wait, that doesn't have to do with anything.

I loved it at first, but it has anti-grown on me at first. There are s****y tracks! OPETH DOESN'T DO S***** TRACKS! Its like heresy. They've went downhill, and I don't blame it on Roadrunner (that much).

Mikael: " I want be able to walk into any record store and see our album there..." Interview in REVOLVER about GR and Opeth in general.

Jawaharal
December 15th 2005



1832 Comments


Mikael: " I want be able to walk into any record store and see our album there..." Interview in REVOLVER about GR and Opeth in general.

so artists shouldn't want as many people as possible to enjoy there trade?


Wave.Existance.Tears
December 15th 2005



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The point is that the mindset affected the way the music was created.

Serapheus
December 17th 2005



251 Comments


I thought this review was about Lacuna Coil's album, not Opeth's.

Wave.Existance.Tears
December 17th 2005



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sure, Sera, but I mean, c'mon. Its a good comparison.

This is a really good album though. LC should have evolved from this point...but alas.

Zaine
February 18th 2006



199 Comments


i love this album. lacuna coil is one of those bands that ive heard but never had the pleasure of actually listening to them. i got the album not too long ago and as i got about half-way through it, i realized that these guys are fantastic. excellent review.

|rdm|
October 12th 2007



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love how they mix mellow with heavy.. definitely an awesome album

LukC
October 7th 2009



25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best Lacuna Coil album !

austin888
December 28th 2010



331 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lacuna Coil are from Italy, not Ireland.

modey3
September 19th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best LC album by far!

modey3
September 19th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best LC album by far! I still listen to it today.



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