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.
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The open air leg of this year’s Bloodstock has moved from July 6-7 to August 16-18. The rescheduling also means that the annual indoor part, usually held in September will not be taking place this year. Despite the confusion and disappointment, the event which takes place at Derbyshire’s Catton Hall boasts its strongest line-up yet with Swedish royalty In Flames and Arch Enemy alongside thrash legends Testament and Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil. Other bands confirmed are Dream Evil, Wolf, Korpiklaani, Memfis and Rise To Addiction.
The first of three live videos of Italy’s LACUNA COIL filmed by Underground Video Television is available for viewing at the UVTV website here. The footage was shot at The Palladium in Worcester, MA last year during Lacuna Coil’s tour with IN FLAMES. The band is currently on the Jagermeister Tour with STONE SOUR and SHADOWS FALL and has been confirmed to appear at the Pukkelpop festival in August in Hassell, Belgium.
A full-length version of Megadeth's updated version of "A Tout Le Monde", which they have re-titled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) and also features vocals by Lacuna Coil's Christina Scabbia, is now available online. You can stream it here (Windows Media required).
Before hitting the road with LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING have lined up a headlining show in New York City. The show will take place on May 15th at Rebel and support will come from TUB RING.
Lacuna Coil vocalist and one of the hottest singers around made a guest appearance with Megadeth.
A video has been uploaded to LACUNA COIL's MySpace profile in which singer Cristina Scabbia talks about the video shoot for MEGADETH's new version of the song "A Tout Le Monde", now retitled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)", which took place March 8-9 in Los Angeles.
"A Tout Le Monde", which originally appeared on the 1994 CD "Youthanasia", has created controversy because the song was cited in an online post by Dawson College killer Kimveer Gill as one of his favorites before his Montreal shooting spree last September. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine contends that he wanted to give the song a second shot at success, as the original video for it had been banned by MTV, and most radio stations followed suit.
Commented Cristina: "[Dave Mustaine] actually asked me to be part of this duet, and I was really surprised about it because 'A Tout Le Monde' is a song that I've always loved. It was a big surprise for me to get this invitation ? I was really honored to be part of it. And seriously, when I heard the final result, I was awesomely surprised 'cause I think that the two voices are fitting incredibly. I think that the version of 'A Tout le Monde' 2007 has a stronger attitude. If the original version was for the mellow mood, this one is way more rock, way more powerful. I totally love it. I was surprised myself, and I think that a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised.
"I tracked the entire song because we weren't really sure what we had to do, so we just wanted to be totally sure, so we recorded all the parts that Dave sung with some improvisation with it, double vocals. We basically made anything possible, so they could pick up whatever they wanted to."
Lacuna Coil will be performing several unplugged dates at various music stores around the US. These acoustic performance dates are:
March 24th in Kenosha, WI @ Music Center of Kenosha
April 3rd in Enfield, CT @ Falcetti's Music
April 7th in Trenton, NJ @ Russo Music
April 10th in Olney, MD @ Rocketeria
April 12th in Mesa, AZ @ Milano Music
April 22nd in San Diego, CA @ Guitar Trader
April 25th in Santa Monica, CA @ West LA Music
April 26th in Tucson, AZ @ Guitars Etc.
April 27th in Albuquerque, NM @ Grandma's Music
April 28th in Longmount, CO @ Guitars Etc.
May 2nd in Omaha, NE @ Dietze Music
'A Tout Le Monde' has been given a 2007 upgrade and will be the lead single from 'United Abominations'
The track, originally released on the 'Youthanasia' album from 1994, has been re-recorded and features a guest appearance by Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia. The track will differ from the original in that it is said to be more up tempo and include an extended solo.
But no one can tell the tale like Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, "[The original] video was banned, the single was shelved, and without [the fans'] loving support of a truly beautiful song it would have died. MTV banned it because they said it was a 'song about suicide,' as did many people, but why would the line 'I'd love to stay with you all' be in there? It would need to say something like 'I want to die,' right? And I had a manager at the time that was told, along with me, by MTV not to use director Wayne Isham because we had used him too much odd request, but I heard them loud and clear. Of course, management didn't listen and tried to slip it into MTV under a pseudonym and MTV flipped. They are/were pissed at me for something I didn't do and I would be OK if it was something I did, but I told the manager, and David Ellefson can attest to this, NOT to use Wayne. Their solution was to ban the $300,000-plus video, and radio in America was following MTV very closely at the time ? still do to an extent ? and did not play the single. The song was left at the altar. I got sent a bill. Then after the [college] shooting in Montreal [in 2006], where someone tried tying this song into that horrific act, I knew it was time to follow something that had been haunting me from the start of that song: I could not allow myself to accept the failure of my music because of someone else. I will take the heat, I am well forged by now, so there is yesterday's news.
"But there was something else: I'd wanted to hear that song as a duet, since it truly was a song of love. But the person had to be perfect had to be angelic. I decided, and I have sang 'A Tout Le Monde' again with Cristina Scabbia because she is that person. I had Lisa Marie Presley confirmed, as well as two other attempts, but Cristina was the obvious choice for our metal community. The song was sped up a little, like it was supposed to be on 'Youthanasia' before all the tempos were turned down. It has a 50% longer solo of original Glen Drover lead guitar blending into the original [Marty] Friedman solo, and launching off of that at the end of the solo taking it up a little bit more.
"So, now that leaves us with what to do with this song. Well, its intention was only to soothe my wounds, and it was meant to be a 'B-side' for Japan, but that didn't happen, as you will no doubt read. The song was finished and turned in to the record company and the radio department and everyone, including people that have heard the song before, are saying, 'This is the single for America!' There was excitement and a buzz, and they ALL agreed on this, which is a feat in itself when you have some many creative people in one place at any given time.
"Imagine my surprise, and my sense of being vindicated, and then the shock and concern about you [the fans] not understanding (which apparently you don't), let alone the indifferent public, which is now the primary target, since you have already heard it and it was supposed to be a simple 'B-side,' and the haters who will undoubtedly hate. On one hand it worked, and on the other, I have to explain myself, which I don't like.
But it gets stranger.
"Now 'A Tout Le Monde' has a new life and people are reacting, but there is concern about, as I was told, 'the guy in Arkansas that calls the song 'A Toot Lay Monday.' I said, 'I say the pronounciation in the song,' but it was suggested to me, to help the public to discover this classic you all know and most love (and some don't want tampered with) to add a subtitle.
"I said, 'huh?' The moments after that were inconsequential, and I just found myself agreeing because there were worse things I had to fix at the time, and I had to pick which thing I was going to give my attention to at 'crunch time.'
"So, in an effort to make things easier for the DJs, and remember this is just for radio, there has been a subtitle added to 'ATLM' ala 'A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)' for the album and the single has been called 'Set Me Free (A Tout Le Monde)' for radio by Roadrunner.
"You have gotten 'Sleepwalker', we posted 'Gears of War', and everyone seems to have heard 'Washington Is Next!', and I think we are doing pretty good.
"All I can say is, just trust me on this one. Again, it was meant to be a 'B-side' and with all of the professionals over at Roadrunner, I think they really may be right and they may have a real surprise for you.
"We shoot the video for this song on the 8th of this month [March] before I leave for Vancouver, and Cristina shoots her part on the 9th.
"Thank you to the guys in LACUNA COIL for supporting Cristina in doing this, and to you Ms. Scabbia, you were fantastic!"
The tracklisting for 'United Abominations' looks like this:
02. Washington Is Next!
03. Never Walk Alone
04. United Abominations
05. Gears Of War
06. Blessed Are The Dead
07. Play For Blood
08. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) (feat. Cristina Scabbia)
10. You're Dead
"United Abominations" is scheduled for a May release.
Lacuna Coil have announced plans for a headlining tour in May. The following two dates have been confirmed so far:
May 7th in Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
May 17th in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
On March 23rd the band will join Stone Sour and Shadows Fall on the Jägermeister Music Tour, click here for dates.
Lacuna Coil and Shadows Fall have announced the following Jägermeister Music Tour "off" dates:
March 29th in Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's (Lacuna Coil Headlining)
April 2nd in Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights (Shadows Fall Headlining)
April 11th in Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater (Lacuna Coil Headlining)
April 26th in Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater (Shadows Fall Headlining)
April 27th in Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater (Lacuna Coil Headlining)
Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair has posted the following update on the band's official web site:
"It has been an insane week for everyone in Shadows Fall!! I just got off a plane from LA, spent the entire day at the passport office and will board another plane and fly to Europe tomorrow. No rest for the wicked my friends. The worldwide release of THREADS OF LIFE is on the horizon and it is full steam ahead.
"Here are some important dates to remember and then back to my rabble;
2.16.07 'Redemption' world wide premiere on Sirius Hard Attack
2.18.07 'Redemption' US West Coast premiere on Indie 103.1 Chaos Metal Show in LA
2.19.07 'Redemption' US East Coast premiere on WSOU Pirate Radio 89.5 in NJ/ NYC
2.20.07 'Redemption' available for purchase on iTunes
4.03.07 THREADS OF LIFE in stores
"I want to take a quick second to congratulate Slayer for winning the Grammy for Best Metal Performance and give my respect to all the other bands that were nominated. It seems like the Recording Academy is finally beginning to understand what this music is all about and giving a platform for some amazing and deserving bands!! Horns up!! More...
ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: More...
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
LACUNA COIL will embark on the latest installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour this spring alongside Stone Sour and Shadows Fall. The trek, which kicks off on March 23rd and runs through early May, is the group's fourth U.S. run in support of their Karmacode album. They will be swapping out the direct support slot with Shadows Fall in certain markets, so please see the tour section for the itinerary and full breakdown.
"It's about time!" says Scabbia about being part of the Jager Tour. "It'll be a blast, and you guys can't miss it cause it's going to be the tour of the year! See you all there... spread the word...and horns up, my friends."
The tour also coincides with the launch of their new single for the track "Within Me." This is the fourth single from Karmacode, and a new video for the track will be shot in Italy early next month.
LACUNA COIL wrapped up 2006 with a U.S. tour as direct support to In Flames with The Sword and Seemless in the support slots. This was preceded by a highly successful run on the annual Blackest of the Black tour alongside the legendary Danzig, labelmates The Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino. Other numerous highlights of this past year included a main stage Ozzfest slot, a sold-out tour with Rob Zombie, a performance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live and a Top 30 Active Rock hit single, "Our Truth."
Complete date details for the upcoming Jägermeister Music Tour, featuring STONE SOUR, LACUNA COIL and SHADOWS FALL, have now been announced, and are as follows: More...
Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
Stone Sour will lead the charge on this year's Jägermeister Music Tour - their first headlining tour in support of latest album Come What(ever) May, and featuring special guests Lacuna Coil and Shadows Fall. The Tour kicks off on March 23rd in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Fresh from their sold-out European/UK tour, Grammy-nominated Stone Sour is primed to capture the attention and the hearts of the rock ‘n roll masses. The band is a multi-faceted hard rock force of nature whose twisting melodies run the gamut of emotions. Stone Sour were the band to see at last summer's Family Values Tour where they performed with Korn and The Deftones, and, more recently, the band toured with Disturbed to rave reviews. Come What(ever) May is already certified gold and on its way to platinum.
"This has been something we have been looking forward to for a very long time." says Stone Sour vocalist, Corey Taylor. "Having done this tour before, I can honestly say it's like nothing I've ever experienced. It's our time, and we're coming for you."
The Tour will rock through May and each show will be rounded out with a local Jägermeister band. Going on six years, the Jägermeister Music Tour is bigger and bolder than ever, becoming THE hard rock show to see. Produced by Live Nation, past Tours have brought Disturbed, Slayer, Slipknot, Staind and Hatebreed, to the masses, and now the Tour continues its hard rock charge. More...
Century Media Records has signed a pan-European contract with Zebralution, Europe's biggest digital distributor. With offices in Berlin, Duisburg, Paris and New York, Zebralution has established itself in 2006 with such online hits as BOB SINCLAIR's "Love Generation" and songs by XAVIER NAIDOO.
Commented Century Media's Label Manager Antje Lange, "With Zebralution we have found an ideal partner in the field of online distribution. As Zebralution offers a network of offices in the major countries this means a big plus for our internationally active artist roster and ultimately convinced us to cooperate with them."
Kurt Thielen and Sascha Lazimbat of Zebralution are delighted to be able to expand their product range. "With approximately 5.000 high quality songs from the entire metal spectrum, we will be able to make our range even more attractive for people of more extreme sounds," Zebralution said in a statement. "Bands such as LACUNA COIL, ARCH ENEMY, CELTIC FROST and ICED EARTH will hopefully help us to further convince music lovers of legal downloads in the future."
More tour dates have been announced for the upcoming In Flames, Lacuna Coil, The Sword, and Seemless tour. Here's the latest set of tour dates:
12/05 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
12/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
12/07 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
12/08 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
12/09 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/11 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
12/12 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
12/13 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
12/15 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
12/16 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/17 Chicago, IL @ Metro
12/18 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
12/19 Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
Glenn Danzig announced that a special 2006 west coast-only edition of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will kick off on November 17 in Seattle, WA. Headliner Danzig - Glenn Danzig/vocals, former Samhaim bandmate Steve Zing on bass, and Type O Negative's Johnny Kelly/drums and Kenny Hickey/guitar - will be joined by Lacuna Coil, The Haunted, Belphegor, and Asesino.
This is the third year of Danzig's highly successful "Blackest of the Black" tour. The festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile, Lacuna Coil and Behemoth on the bill. The 2005 edition featured Danzig, Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis (ex-Emperor), and The Agony Scene.
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts."
In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the October 17 release of "Black Aria II" (evillive), the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria," which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Classical chart. Produced, written and - with a couple of exceptions - performed by Glenn, "Black Aria II" employs thundering organ, otherworldly chants, operatic lamentations, poignant strings, ominous percussion, ritualistic chimes and other mysterious sounds, to tell the story of a rebel of ancient lore - Lilith, Adam's wife before Eve.
Danzig has also released his "3 Faces of Danzig," a limited edition, fully-articulated toy figure series that highlights different eras of Glenn's career - "Misfits-version" Danzig which wears his classic skull-and-crossbones black T-shirt from the Misfits' "Walk Among Us" album cover; "Samhain-version" Danzig, covered in dripping blood ala the "Initium" LP cover, and "Danzig-version" Danzig, which is shirtless and comes complete with the trademark Danzig belt buckle and upside-down-cross medallion necklace as on the "Lucifuge" album. The figures are made of soft vinyl, stand 10-inches tall and retail for $75.00 each, and are available in stores such as Spencer Gifts, Hot Topic, comic book/specialty stores, and on the Chaser website.
Confirmed dates for the 2006 "Blackest of the Black" tour are as follows: More...
SOIL guitarist Shaun Glass has released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET explaining the band's decision to pull out of the upcoming IN FLAMES/LACUNA COIL trek (where they have since been replaced by Massachusetts' SEEMLESS).
Commented Glass: "SOIL has decided on doing a December run with our longtime friends in SHINEDOWN, which is [slated to take place at] the exact same time as the IN FLAMES/LACUNA COIL tour.
"We hope too see you all out at the 'Kill Your Liver Part 2 Tour'. Dates to be announced!"