There aren’t many bands around that produce music to such a consistently high standard as Lacuna Coil. Sure the Italians have dabbled here and experimented a little there but the core of what they do is tried and tested. Amazingly they never seem dated or jaded at all. A gothic Status Quo they are not. They are just a timelessly class act. Black Anima will only serve to enhance that reputation. It’s a peach of an album that sees the band almost replicate the vibe from such eminent works as Karmacode and Shallow Life but with a sharper more to the point modern sound. Cristina Scabbia’s vocals are peerless here while Andrea Ferro becomes a much more obvious foil which gives real balance throughout. Lacuna Coil have always been a band that have been knocking on the door of elite status. They work hard, produce exquisite songs and have never really ever put a foot wrong. Black Anima is the culmination of a quarter of a century of dedication and it sounds like it. Lacuna Coil are staring superstardom in the face and you’d be a fool to bet against them blinking first.