This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. This EP was released in 2000 and contains 5 songs.
1. Halflife - The song is started well with great guitar work and drums followed by impressive vocals and after the opening the guitars gets better and along with both the female and male vocals sound great with along with it. Especially in this song the male and female vocals work very well together to create a great gothic sound which sounds really effective. The short guitar solo in the middle of the song is again very impressive and both vocals still sound great throughout both the chorus and bridge which are both equally as good as the rest of the song. The song sounds great as you nearer to the end and the song is ended well with the guitar work being faded out which creates a good effect. (8/10)
2. Trance Awake - This short, 2 minute track is an instrumental one but still a very good song to listen to in my opinion. There is not much you can say about it as you can hear drums and keyboards but there is no guitar work or any vocals but it is still an impressive sound despite it being mostly the same the whole way through but getting heavier and louder. The point of this song is to be able to lead directly into the next song "Senzafine" very well and it does that very well which was very effective. (7/10)
3. Senzafine - This songs intro is quite impressive with soft guitar work and again the fact that it leads very well from the previous song creates a good effect. The lyrics in this song are written in Italian and that creates a good effect on the very well performed vocals even though I cannot understand them as it makes the song a lot different from the others. The chorus works very well and is one of the best parts in this song where the male and female vocals work very well together and very well with all of the instruments to make a great sound which continues throughout the whole song. The female vocals could be improved slightly but overall, this is a great song with a great sound throughout. (9/10)
4. Hyperfast - The song is opened very softly with soft but effective guitar work but instantly gets heavier after the introduction as both the drums and vocals enter creating a great, heavy and gothic sound. The female vocals are great throughout the song although the male vocals by Ferro could be improved in places but still good overall, the bridge is very impressive and the female and male vocals in the chorus are very impressive and both work very well together with the all the instruments. The song is great in its second half with very impressive instruments and vocals and the song is ended very well with the sound of guitar being faded out which sounds great and a good ending. (8/10)
5. Stars - This in my opinion is my favourite song on this EP and it is introduced very well with all the instruments although it is not as heavy as other songs and is quite soft but not too soft and vocals have been lowered there pitch which makes them fit in to the song and makes it really effective. The chorus of the song is great and very impressive and the bridge, equally as impressive and both produce a great sound. The second half of the song is especially good and even better than the first and despite the fact that there are no male vocals in this song, it still sounds like Lacuna coil and the song and EP are ended very well by the very well performed female vocals by Cristina Scabbia. (9/10)
I have been very impressed by this EP and the great music on it and I think that this band have a great, gothic and original sound which is shown throughout this great EP like it does in most of their music and a great part of their original sound is the duet of vocal lines by Scabbia and Ferro.
'Halflife' is Lacuna Coil's second E.P., an average collection of a few listenable songs that nevertheless fail to live up to the high quality of the previous E.P.
Christina Scabbia is her usual reliable, if unexciting self opposite the far less talented male singer Andre, who is used a lot more here than in the previous album 'In a Reverie' but without the death metal grunts. Nevertheless, a few interesting vocal deviations are made, as the opening title track favours an Eastern vibe and 'Senzafine' is performed entirely in the band's native Italian, complete with spoken word sections. Needless to say for such a predominantly slow band, 'Hyperfast' fails to live up to its name entirely, 'Trance Awake' is merely an overlong, atmospheric introduction to the third song, and the Dubstar cover is uninteresting, albeit covered so well that it could easily be mistaken for merely another repetitive Lacuna Coil track.
2. Trance Awake
5. Stars (Dubstar Cover)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Half Life
2 Trance Awake