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Shallow Life (Exclusive CD & DVD Digipack)

Released on 20 April 2009

Artist: Lacuna Coil

4.0 out of 5 (9 customer reviews) | Write a review

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  1. Survive
  2. I Won't Tell You
  3. Not Enough
  4. I'm Not Afraid
  5. I Like It
  6. Underdog
  7. The Pain
  8. Spellbound
  9. Wide Awake
  10. The Maze
  11. Unchained
  12. Shallow Life
  13. Oblivion (Bonus Track)
  • DVD Video:
  • DVD: Video for lead single 'Spellbound' (cover below)

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Review

One of the biggest bands to come out of Italy, gothic metal frontrunners, Lacuna Coil, have returned to shake the foundations with their fifth studio album, Shallow Life. Showing a great evolution for the band, this confidently executed release dominates with an inspirational presence that seems destined to see the hard rocking veterans reach global success.

It has been three years since Lacuna Coil last graced us with a studio album, Karmacode. It was a sophisticated, yet appealingly complex record, that sent the metal community into a frenzy with its strong, rousing charisma and original style. So with such an iconic album to follow, will the metal rock stars be able to breathe enough vitality into Shallow Life to cause an impact to match? The opening track of 'Survive' would have you believe so. Bathed in piercing distorted guitar riffs, the track opens up in a storm of electronic drones and the trademark tones of lead vocalists Christina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro. Striking with immediate urgency the track announces the band's return in raucous form, whilst offering a strong suggestion that the unit may have shrugged off some of the nu metal stylistics that swarmed their earlier albums, In A Reverie and Comalies. As the album progresses, tracks such as the melodic 'Wide Awake' and 'Not Enough' draw immediate attention. Bristling with modern rock and pop sensibilities the tracks are by far the most commercially acceptable songs Lacuna Coil have ever delivered. Whilst the infectious 'I Like It' and first single 'Spellbound' continue to run with new styles to strong effect, hard-hitting stompers 'I Won't Tell You' and 'The Maze' lash out with heavy riffs to confirm that the band's inherent goth metal edge is still very much alive.

Lacuna Coil have made a definite progression with Shallow Life. By bringing in legendary Pearl Jam and Linkin Park producer Don Gilmore, the band have been able to create a mature sound that ignites tension with open soundscapes whilst maintaining all of the elements that made them so fierce to begin with. Jam-packed with memorable songs, this well executed and entirely catchy release will delight listeners of all musical genres.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (9 reviews)

 Wow

| | See all Kudagitsune's reviews (1)

I have been following Lacuna Coil since Comalies, didn't think too much of that album so I was surprised when I purchased Karmacode, a Big improvement, so when Shallow Life came out I snapped it up, what an amazing difference and maturity to the sound. My current favourite tracks are "Spellbound" and "The Maze" along with the soul searching "Wide Awake".
Keep it up guys, more of the same please

 Empty Spiral full of life!

| | See all Patriotbrady's reviews (4)

As usual, a fantastic lacuna coil album. Every track is straight to the point and are all very catchy tunes, one of the best albums they have made. Every real lacuna coil fan will love this.

Dont listen to the guy who rated 1 star, he was clearly listenin to a completely different album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Pure Sweetnessssss

| | See all EndWorld's reviews (4)

Ive been waiting for them to bring something out for ages. and i havent been waiting for nothing. loving the first songs only breaks into others that are just as good. its different from the last and glad it was kinda. its still them with the beats and awesome tunes. id say for any fan to get this. it hasnt been massive change but if u hate change then it might not be top but non the less pure sweetness.

 Brilliant Again!!!

| | See all underfire's reviews (3)

Once again lacuna coil have released an album where every track is amazing, although it is alot different from their last album, but you change is good for some things and they keep growing, can't wait for there uk tour hopefully they play portsmouth again

 the sell-out of LACUNA COIL?

| | See all arturowan's reviews (44)

lt was with some trepidation l received this in the post, having read a pre-release interview with Cristina that Don Gilmore was producing them & creating the next Evanessence(!) - a peculiar concept, considering many were of the opinion that Evanessence were the copycat, MTV clone version of LC, & so l wasn't looking forward to what this producer had made of the real thing - in the event, at least there was some relief to find that 'the coil' are still recognisable as such, but on repeated plays realised it's for all the wrong reasons - my other LC albums have been in repeat play for several years, yet retain their freshness & intensity, but there's little on here to promise this new sound will have any of the longevity that came from such intricate songwriting & confessional lyrics - Gilmore is actually given equal credits on the album as lyricist & this has reduced the band to nursery rhyming "fly/sky" on songs such as l Like lt, a likable enough track, with all the potential to've been as good as Self-Deception, from Comalies, except Cristina not only sings a dire lyric, but in a style not her own, but seemingly under instructions to sound like Avril Lavigne - the structure of this & all the other tracks, is not metal, it's pop music played inmetal style & fans of Bon Jovi & Motley Crue will have orgasms over it, but for the LC collector this is a retrograde step & presents nothing they hadn't achieved on their original EP, only with MTV lyrics - 0blivion, the bonus track, is the only sign of hope that the real LC are still there & might return in their old, mature style of mellow metal, though even this track sounds bland compared to previous productions - despite the departure from their hauntingly beautiful sound & intelligent lyrics, worst of all though, is the keyboard playing here, never a strong point of the band in my opinion, but now they're unbelievably beginners level & sound very 80's, the title track being a case in point, & very reminiscent of Cold Heritage from Unleashed Memories, which was also spoilt by clumpish keyboards - Shallow Life this set is called & pertinanetly so, considering that though this mess might be the fault of the producer, they're not puppets & have willingly gone the Stateside/MTV route, albeit wearing red armbands like Bolshevik revolutionaries - a ridiculous affectation, & if they choose to criticise shallowness, then they need to learn the adage,'those in glasshouses shouldn't throw srones'...

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