Band Photo: Lacuna Coil (?)
From: Milan, Italy
Last Known Status: Active
Originally formed in 1996, the band teamed up with producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sentenced, Samael, Tiamat) in 1998. Terrorizer Magazine hailed Lacuna Coil's self-titled debut as "superb, and its strength soon weakens whatever resistance you may have had after repeated plays." In 1999, The album In A Reverie was released with the same producer. They played at the Dynamo Open Air Festival in The Netherlands, the Metal Mania Festival in Poland, and Italy's prestigious Gods Of Metal Festival, and the Altheimer Open Air Festival. They released the Halflife EP, which was recorded in Italy with a new producer, to their European community of fans in the year 2000.
In 2001, they released Unleashed Memories with their original producer, this album (released in North America with the previously unavailable Halflife EP). Praised by Alternative Press for their "supersize chords that nearly burst into flame, gorgeous three-part harmonies and chill-inducing melodies that recycle in your head for days" and earning a special mention in Billboard Magazine's Hard Music Spotlight for their "compelling mixture of seductive melodies and aggressive riffs," the band embarked on their first North American tour with Moonspell in the winter of 2001. Metal Maniacs documented their live show to be "a sensory overload of the highest order. In one word: intoxicating."
Lacuna Coil creates a dream-like quality of the world, which floods you with a myriad of heavy and hypnotic sounds. The epic feel of their latest melodic invention, Comalies, will quickly lead to you believe that an incredibly personal epiphany is about to happen. Each song contributes to the build-up, encouraging introspection while documenting the sadness that this particular journey uncovers. Upholding the emotive yin/yang tradition of vocal interplay between the dulcet tones of Cristina Scabbia and the deliberate vocals of her male singing partner Andrea Ferro, Comalies is another dynamic exploration of Lacuna Coil's soulfully somber and stunningly enigmatic musical alchemy.
Lacuna Coil Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Lacuna Coil.
It's been twenty years since Milan's Gothic metal favourites Lacuna Coil released their debut full length album, "In A Reverie" and with every record since, the band has only gotten stronger. Celebrating this milestone, the band released their new album, "Black Anima" last month, to overwhelmingly positive reviews and delighting many fans by bringing back older elements such as growled vocals.
Currently, the band are on the road as part of a co-headlining European run with Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie and will be heading back to North America next year as special guests to Apocalyptica. At the band's recent show in Bristol, I caught up with vocalist Andrea Ferro to talk all about "Black Anima," the band's first book, "Nothing Stands In Our Way," the possibility of doing an album completely in Italian and more. You can listen to it in full below, while some excerpts read as follows:
Diamond Oz: The new album, "Black Anima" is out now. It's brilliant!
Andrea Ferro: (laughs) Yeah it seems to be doing really well, both from the new fans and the old school fans and also most of the critics have been very positive.
Oz: It's a very heavy album, a very dark album, as the title implies. What led you to this darker musical path?
Andrea: Basically, I think it's a process we started subconsciously on the last record, "Delirium," where we were introducing a bit more double bass, heavier riffs and growled vocals. We felt it was time to refresh our sound a little bit because we've been around, we do have our signature sound that you can recognise in every release, but we also want, for ourselves and for the people, to hear something fresh from us so that it's still exciting for us to write, record then play for a long time.More...
We really just wanted to follow the inspiration without thinking too much, or focusing on the past. I think there are certain elements that, no matter what, are going to be in our music and there's nothing we can do about it because of the dual vocals or certain atmospheric parts that will always be there because it's in our musical DNA, but I think it's also important that we do something interesting. We still listen to new bands and with our record, we write for the year it's released. Obviously it's our record but it's 2019 so we want something that's meaningful for this year and time.
In November last year, Italian gothic metal heavyweights returned to the United Kingdom in support of their superb latest album, "Delirium." The headline tour, which included support from Danish up and comers, Forever Still, was a delight for fans and a roaring success. During their stop in Bristol, I had the privilege of sitting down with the band's co-vocalist Cristina Scabbia, where we discussed the concept behind "Delirium," mental health, Star Wars and which of the two big Milan football teams were better. More...
Tuesday, October 14th. I step outside the parking garage across from Greene Street Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, and am nearly swept right off my feet.
Two members of Lynchburg, Virginia-based metal trio Mourn The Illusion, Jeremy McConville and Matt Burks, and I have just kicked off a whirlwind double-header concert trek through our neighbor to the south, braving relentless rain most of the way. For now, the rain has dissipated, replaced by a bracing wind that almost makes me want to perk my ears for the town tornado siren.
Tonight’s show is headlined by none other than Italy’s Lacuna Coil, and I'm set for an early “date” with co-singer Cristina Scabbia. As the first arrivals begin to congregate outside the box office, I punch in the number for the band’s tour manager, Gus, and realize it’s already stored on my phone.
“I think we’ve met before,” I tell Gus as he steps off the parked tour bus. The behind-the-scenes world of metal is a rather small one, after all.
“Some things never change,” he chuckles, “and another thing that apparently never changes is Musicians Forgetting To Check Their Watches. Cristina went shopping and hasn’t returned. Meet us back here in half an hour?”
Fair enough. We discover a cozy bar literally ten seconds around the street corner, the aptly named Stumble Stilkins, and thankfully remember to keep eyes on our own timepieces. After getting loosened up from the drive, we “stumble” against the whistling wind back to the bus and are finally ushered aboard.
With our ears still ringing, Cristina - an embodiment of several endearing Italian stereotypes, including talking excitedly with one’s hands - instructs us to make ourselves at home in the comfy back lounge. As I fire up my recorder, Jeremy and Matt casually inquire about her recent shopping jaunt. More...
Italy's most successful metal export has undoubtedly been Lacuna Coil. The band is currently part of a tour alongside bands such as Hellyeah and Drowning Pool before departing to headline their first ever tour of South America. I was lucky enough to be able to chat with both of the band's two vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro during a one-off date headlining in Chicago. More...
Over the past couple of weeks, we've reported on numerous free label samplers and compilations, not realizing that most have been in appreciation of March Is Metal Month.
EMI Music’s Label Services is bringing metal to the masses with their “March is Metal” campaign with retailers across the US. The retail campaign includes promotions from such legendary labels as Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Earache and Candlelight along with Season of Mist, Willow Tip, Crash Music, Prospect Park and Capitol.
Along with the sampler, which includes tracks from Lacuna Coil, Five Finger Death Punch, Fear Factory, White Wizzard, Ihsahn, Gama Bomb, The Atlas Moth, Queensryche, Exodus and Arsis along with hotly anticipated pre-release tracks from Triptykon and Defeated Sanity, ELS and Caroline will also offer a limited edition T-shirt designed by Rich Hall and the MMM logo will appear on the Testament/ Exodus tour poster as a sponsor for the tour. They also sponsored “Full Metal Texas” at this year’s SXSW.
"EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution have the privilege of working with the best labels in the Metal genre. The annual 'March is Metal Month' campaign is a platform for us to expose the great repertoire from these partners to both the trade and consumer alike,” stated Dominic Pandiscia SVP / GM of EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution.
During the month of March, Amazon.com has a nice metal sale in their MP3 store with loads of great albums for download for $6.99 each, including most of Megadeth's Capitol-era releases, the latest albums by Pelican, Orphaned Land, Devin Townsend, Lacuna Coil, and many more.
And while we're at it, let's recap the many samplers made available for free download this month. Here are several from Amazon.com, which unfortunately are only available to those in the United States:
Here are a couple more freebies from Amazon.com as a bonus: More...
Lacuna Coil eagerly awaits the release of their fifth studio album "Shallow Life." They are currently on tour along with Chimaira, Killswitch Enagage, and Disturbed for the Music as a Weapon 4 Tour. I caught up with lead guitarist Cristiano "Pizza" Migliore in New Orleans, Louisiana to talk about the new album and some other things.