|1. Heir Of The Dying Day|
|2. To Live Is To Hide|
|5. When A Dead Man Walks|
|7. Cold Heritage|
|8. Distant Sun|
|9. A Current Obsession|
|10. Wave Of Anguish|
|12. Trance Awake|
But you know what... this is one of those albums that REALLY IS that good, and fully lives up to the praise lavished on it. Cristina's voice makes the band, and while the male singer Andrea has his moments (when he isn't screaming), it is Cristina and her incredible skill at weaving together compelling, beautiful vocal melodies that makes this album so good. Unleashed Memories is very catchy without being commercial. Many of the songs are 4 minutes+, giving the songs time to develop and the band room to stretch out, with several of the songs having short guitar solos (something I wish there were more of on the album).
Lacuna Coil has somehow struck a perfect balance on this album. It's far less repetitive than Comalies - which is a good album and was my introduction to the band, but it's clear that Comalies was written with the intention of taking the band to the "next level", and compromises were made so that they could break out on to corporate rock radio in the US. Unleashed Memories is the perfect blend between their 2nd album "In a Reverie" and Comalies.
The most amazing thing, though, is that several months after getting this album, I still listen to it every day! It hasn't left my car's CD player. This album is like musical crack, and it's Lacuna Coil's best so far.
At the heart of Lacuna Coil lie their two vocalists, Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro. Cristina's voice is gorgeously melodic and her range is incredible, while Andrea Ferro's male vocals can go from harsh, deep growls to resonant spoken word almost seamlessly. Both are incredibly talented, and their contrasting vocals, rather than be caustic and grating on the ears, are beautiful and melodic. They complement each other perfectly!
Lacuna Coil has been described as Italian goth metal, or gothic rock. In my humble opinion, they really are their own genre. They have the crunching guitars characteristic of metal music, yet the vocals don't get buried under the guitars and drums. The arrangements on this album are amazing. Furthermore, their lyrics actually convey several great messages rather than consist of mere useless drivel and angst.
All are incredible tracks, and none make you want to hit the "skip" button. However, here are some that stand slightly above the rest:
Track 1: "Heir of a Dying Day" - Excellent opening song, with a great beat and a chorus that changes up the tempo a bit so that things don't get monotonous.
Track 2: "To Live is to Hide" - Probably my favorite track on this album. Once again, there is a tempo change between the verses and the chorus to change things up a bit. Excellent emotional lyrics with stellar performances from both vocalists.
Tracks 4 & 13: "Senzafine" - Two versions of this song, sung in italian, appear on the album.Read more ›
I have all of Lacuna Coil's CDs, and I must say they never get exceedingly heavy or very heavy at all, however they are still my favourite band of all time. Why? Because they are beautiful on a level that nothing else can match, the singing is brilliant, and you can feel the harmonies, rather than just listen to the song.
Lacuna coil are a very beautiful and skilled band, any of their albums is a wonder waiting to happen, or a wonder that has already happened, this CD is no exception.
My favourite song on this album is the last song, Stars. I don't even know the lyrics, and usually like I said I like bands that go heavy as hell, but the beauty of Stars turns me into a soft loving romantic and graceful person. Nothing else can do that.
Great album, one that will stir your feelings as well as your spiritual side.