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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In 2007, APOCALYPTICA will perform in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest Final on the May 12 as Special Guests (not in the actual competition). They will bring their trailblazing brand of metal to the show's final entertainment climax, blending old hits and previewing tracks from new album in an 8 minute medley. The 2007 final continues along the direction the 2006 winners Lordi had previously marked out, promising fantasy, fun and rock. Lordi will also naturally participate in the event, opening the whole ceremony themselves with a live performance.
APOCALYPTICA also release the live DVD 'The Life Burns Tour' on May the 14th across the UK, support Metallica on July 15th in Helsinki, and are building up to the release of the Jacob Hellner (Rammstein) produced next record, which is set for release in September (TBC). This much anticipated album will feature a whole host of incredible guest stars who are at the forefront of the hard rock/metal scene including Corey Taylor, Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the Kill Bill soundtrack), Joseph Duplantier (Gojira), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and MANY more to be announced in the coming weeks.
LACUNA COIL have added two additional acoustic shows to their US schedule:
Manny's New York
156 West 48th Street
(between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
3100 8th Street South
Moorhead , MN 56560
More information on all the acoustic shows can be found at the Ovation Guitars site here, where you can also view an exclusive video of Lacuna Coil performing 'Heavens A Lie'.
The LACUNA COIL MySpace page has been updated with a video in which singer Cristina Scabbia discusses the band's forthcoming "The Hottest Chicks in Metal" U.S. tour. In the three-minute video Cristina talks about how the tour came together, the other bands on the bill (WITHIN TEMPTATION and THE GATHERING), and LACUNA COIL's setlist for their first U.S. headlining tour in support of "Karmacode". You can view the video at this location.
LiveDaily.com reports: For Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, it is not difficult to be a female hard-rock singer in a male-dominated world. She counts on professionalism and respect to earn fans.
"As long as you believe in yourself, you can always do it," said Scabbia, who shares vocal duties in the Milan, Italy-based band with male Andrea Ferro.
"I always thought if you give respect to people, you always get the same respect back. Of course, if you are expecting to be just the female in the band and then it's easy to make it just because of that---you are wrong. You're absolutely wrong. You have to be able to do your job. You have to be able to have balls. But I don't think it's a question of being a woman or a man. It's a question of having the right attitude."
Lacuna Coil, which currently is in the midst of the Jagermeister Music Tour with Stone Sour, is one of the few European hard-rock bands to cross the ocean and make a name for itself. It broke into the US market thanks to a 2004 spot on the Ozzfest tour supporting "Comalies" and a 2006 position opening for Rob Zombie. Scabbia chalks up her band's success to the fact that it is "offering something different from the other bands."
"Our music is not the typical music you listen to every day," she said. We always could care less about cliches and music. But we always try to be inspired by different things, and we created something that's absolutely different--we have two singers, a male and female, but we don't use the voices as the beauty and the beast. We have aggressive parts, but a lot of melody in the music. I think that made the difference. We're successful, too, probably because of the relationship with the fans, as well. We always like to interact with them, which we always thought was really important."
Other European hard rock bands haven't been so fortunate because of the high cost to bring a tour to the United States, she explained.
"There's an ocean in between, so it's really expensive to come here and to bring a lot of stuff, to have a decent [stage show], and it's a question of budget and a question of time, as well. If you want to tour properly in the US, you need a lot of time. It's not like you come here, play for a week and then it's done. You have to be able to touch every territory, touch different clubs--A clubs, B clubs, festivals, as well. It's basically a question of time, organization and budget."
After the Jagermeister tour wraps up, Lacuna Coil will begin a headlining tour in support of its latest album "Karmacode." The first single, "Our Truth," was featured on the soundtrack for the movie "Underworld: Evolution."
"Karmacode" closes with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence."
"It actually happened because we were thinking about covering a song especially for the live shows," Scabbia said. "We just wanted a very famous song that everybody could sing during shows. We tried different songs, but we just found out 'Enjoy the Silence' was absolutely perfect for our style, but it wasn't meant to be a [Lacuna Coil] single; it was just meant to be a famous song that people could sing during the show. But then people liked it so much that we had to release it as a single because people wanted it."
By the end of this year or the beginning of 2008, Lacuna Coil will return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2006's "Karmacode," which the band co-produced with Waldemar Sorychta. The group has begun penning new material, but it doesn't have complete songs.
"But we're collecting new ideas, keeping everything together and practicing a little bit," Scabbia said.
Here are the latest Lacuna Coil tour dates: More...
On Tuesday, April 10, I made my first trip to Baltimore's Ram's Head Live to catch the Jagermeister Music Tour, featuring Stone Sour, Shadows Fall, and Lacuna Coil. This lineup is one of the most promising metal lineups since the Fall 2005 tour, when Disturbed headlined with support from Corrosion of Conformity, bloodsimple and A Dozen Furies. With the least heavy bands headlining on both that tour and the present one, it's still a far cry form the days when Slayer headlined. But the tour was clearly designed to once again be a metal tour, but also draw in a comparable crowd to its more mainstream rock line-ups. More...
Another live performance video of LACUNA COIL has been posted at the Underground Video Television Website. The footage was taken at The Palladium in Worcester MA last year during the band’s tour with IN FLAMES & THE SWORD and is for their track “Fragments Of Faith” from their Century Media release “Karmacode”.
LACUNA COIL has teamed up with MySpace to exclusively debut its new video for the track "Within Me". You can watch that video online here. The stunning new clip was shot in the band's hometown of Italy and the track is the fourth single from their critically acclaimed "Karmacode" album. The band is till doing show dates with SHADOWS FALL and STONE SOUR on the Jagermeister Music Tour.
LACUNA COIL has teamed up with MySpace to exclusively debut its new video for the track "Within Me". Watch the video online at this location. The stunning new clip was shot in the band's hometown of Italy and the track is the fourth single from their critically acclaimed "Karmacode" album.
KYLESA have unveiled the band's new music video for the track "Hollow Severer" of the critically-appraised album 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.' Featuring live performance footage, psychedelic imagery and claymation-style animation, the video was filmed earlier this spring in New York with director Dave Brodsky (The Acacia Strain, God Forbid, Gwar) and My Good Eye. The "Hollow Severer" video can be viewed on YouTube.com. A contest giving fans a chance to win vinyl and t-shirts from KYLESA has also been launched to coincide with the video's release. You can read the rules and apply here.
Currently finishing dates across the US with Genghis Tron, KYLESA will also hook up with Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation in late May and early June for a handful of west coast dates to continue supporting 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.'
KYLESA on tour with Genghis Tron: More...
Dutch Gothic Metal Band EPICA and Finnish Metallers KIUAS are the latest additions to the line up for this years Bloodstock Open Air. To recap, bands confirmed so far are:
Rise To Addiction
Beyond All Reason
Many more bands to be announced.
As previously reported, 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.
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...