Lacuna Coil's eleventh studio album Broken Crown Halo is something of a watershed moment in the band's history; It is the last album to feature guitarist Cristiano 'Pizza' Migliore and drummer Cristiano 'Criz' Mozzati who have both retired from the band after fifteen years plus as members of Lacuna Coil so Broken Crown Halo is their final contribution to the legacy of Italy's most successful ever metal band.
Lacuna Coil's brand of dark, gothic rock / metal is very distinctive and Broken Crown Halo doesn't deviate too far from their well established patterns. Lead single Nothing Stands In Our Way begins the album in promising enough fashion while Die & Rise features a metal groove almost reminiscent of KoRn at their best, coupled with a very simple and effective chorus which makes Die & Rise one of Lacuna Coil's most memorable songs for years. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name) also features an impressive vocal from the always reliable and lovely Christina Scabbia. Unfortunately the quality reflected in the highlighted songs is not maintained across the eleven tracks of the album and some of the other songs do little to remain in the memory as soon as they are finished.
As albums go, Broken Crown Halo is a reasonable one which should please the majority of the band's fan base without really breaking any new ground at the same time, and as a result it does feel too safe in places. As Lacuna Coil enter their third decade as a band it is something of a shame that they haven't taken a few more risks on Broken Crown Halo but by no means is this a bad album. It will be interesting to see what happens with fresh blood in the band for their next album but one suspects they've plenty of life left in them yet.