Manifesto of Lacuna Coil is a compilation of Lacuna Coil songs, making it both the best and worst album they've released to date. If you've collected all of Lacuna Coil's previous albums, you won't find anything here that you haven't heard before. Rather than having something fantastic and new, what you have is a starter kit for people who haven't listened to Lacuna Coil yet.
For those new to the scene, Lacuna Coil is a gothic metal band from Italy. Their sound is closer to bands like Xandria and Within Temptation than Lamb of God or Soilwork. There's not a lot of screaming or insane guitar solos. The emphasis is on the vocals, with the guitars and keyboard being understated. The vocals are operatic, with both a male and female singing in counterpoint to each other, giving Lacuna Coil a very ethereal feel. Considering they used to be called Ethereal, this makes sense. The drums are almost an extension of the vocals and often have short solos during breaks in the singing. Overall, Lacuna Coil does a good job of creating an atmosphere that's beautiful and otherworldly.
Manifesto of Lacuna Coil does an impressive job of putting years of music together into an album that flows. It's a "best of" album that really has the best of what they've done. From start to finish, you are reminded of who Lacuna Coil is and why you love them. The only song that seems out of place is Enjoy the Silence. While I don't hate Depeche Mode, the cover just doesn't fit with the rest. In any case, Manifesto of Lacuna Coil would be an amazing set list to hear in concert.
This would be great if you were hearing them in concert, but you're not. You're buying an album that you'll most likely rip to your computer and listen to as MP3s, and you aren't being given a lot of reason to buy it. Most compilation albums have something special to them. Some reason to buy it for someone who has been devoted to the band. Manifesto of Lacuna Coil does not provide anything new. Not a live version of a song. Not another band's cover of one of their songs. No updated versions of songs. Not a new song. Nothing. This album will just waste space on your digital collection for any long time fan, since you'll already have everything on there.
Overall? Manifesto of Lacuna Coil is going to be a treat for anyone who hasn't heard Lacuna Coil, and a money sink for someone who already loves them. From beginning to end, it is extremely well put together. You could buy it for a friend as a birthday present, or use it to expose the band to someone new. But if you already have everything they've released, you may as well just burn a CD with these songs on it, and leave off Enjoy the Silence.