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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Acclaimed guitarist/producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, GRIP INC., TIAMAT, MOONSPELL) is seeking a female singer for a professional project in the "gothic rock/metal" vein. A record deal is said to be in the works for the as-yet-unnamed band, which will perform and record music composed by Sorychta.
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Lacuna Coil entered the studio on September 3rd to begin tracking "Karmacode," the highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed commercial breakthrough album, "Comalies." The new effort is currently being co-produced once again with Waldemar Sorychta and Lacuna Coil and will be mixed by the acclaimed Ronald Prent (Rammstein, H.I.M., Iron Maiden) and mastered by Darcy Proper (Steely Dan, Porcupine Tree, R.E.M.) at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. An early 2006 release is expected.
Andrea Ferro (vocals) describes the meaning behind the album's unique title: "When it came to coming up with an album title I wanted to combine one 'old' word that is spiritually connected with another that offers a link to our more 'modern' times. If there were an actual translation of 'Karmacode' it would be something like 'spiritual DNA and the message behind it'. The title attempts to balance our modern, overwhelming, self-centered, fast-paced lifestyles and the desire we all have to live a more spiritual, more compassionate and more fulfilling life."
Upcoming live dates:
Oct. 22 Belgium (Female Voices of Metal 3 Festival)
Oct. 26 London - Scala
Oct. 27 Manchester - Manchester Academy 3
Oct. 28 Glasgow - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Oct. 29 Oxford - Zodiac
Oct. 31 Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia will be joining the Revolver magazine staff this fall with her own monthly advice column. Fans are encouraged to send their questions to the following e-mail address: email@example.com.
LACUNA COIL are continuing to work on the follow-up to 2002's "Comalies", which recently surpassed the 200,000 U.S. SoundScan plateau. The new effort is being produced once again by Waldemar Sorychta (SENTENCED, MOONSPELL) and is tentatively set for an early 2006 release.
According to Hollywood Reporter, EMI Music on Friday said it has expanded its U.S. deal with Century Media in an exclusive international licensing and distribution agreement with the U.K.- and Germany-based independent label, which has an extensive roster of hard rock and metal acts. Century's product has been distributed in the U.S. by EMI's Caroline Distribution since 1997, and the music major will now distribute it throughout the U.K. and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The first album due under the new arrangement is Seattle band NEVERMORE's new album "This Godless Endeavor." Other Century Media acts include ARCH ENEMY, LACUNA COIL, NAPALM DEATH, and others. No financial details were disclosed.
Opeth and Jens Bogren have now finished the recording and mixing of the latest opus "Ghost reveries" (view cover). The album will be mastered today (June 16th) at the Cutting room facilities in Stockholm. Total running time will be around 65 minutes. Full tracklisting is:
Ghost of perdition
The baying of the hounds
Beneath the mire
Hours of wealth
The grand conjuration
A release date has yet to be confirmed, but it's planned for late August/early September worldwide through Roadrunner records.
In other news, Opeth have confirmed that they will appear at the Metal Hammer festival/Spodek arena in Katowice/Poland on August 31. Oddly enough supporting Korn. Other bands on the bill includes Lacuna Coil and Fear Factory.
Lacuna Coil have confirmed that their next album will not be out until late this year or early next year. Also, Lacuna Coil is not planning to start touring the U.S. until work on the album is completed. They have only played one new song live for their European audiences in Italy, France, Germany, and Britain to date.
As they continue work on a new album, Lacuna Coil are to have most of their back catalogue re-released by Century Media on July 25 in the UK/Europe. The records involved are the albums 'In a Reverie' (1999) and 'Unleashed Memories' (2001), plus a record featuring the tracks from EPs 'Lacuna Coil' (1998) and 'Halflife' (2000).
Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:
Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Viking Skull More...
LACUNA COIL, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA and LEAVES' EYES are among the acts confirmed for the Metal Female Voices Festival III, set to take place on October 22, 2005 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
THE LEGIONS OF HETHERIA
One more opening act will be announced during the coming weeks.
Lacuna Coil are currently in the pre-production phase for the highly anticipated follow-up to “Comalies” with longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sentenced, Moonspell).
Singer Cristina Scabbia checks in with the following report on the band's songwriting progress:
We are working on the new stuff and I can tell you it is definitely killer! We are really proud of the new songs and we are still composing new material. We plan on presenting some of the new tracks this summer at festivals around Europe; check out the dates at http://www.lacunacoil.it and http://www.emptyspiral.net.Thanks for the great support you've given us since we started. We love you and we are ready to come back to kick some serious ass!
Lacuna Coil will soon break from the studio to participate in a few major European festivals. The dates are listed below, more to follow: More...
Lacuna Coil's critically acclaimed album, "Comalies," has just surpassed the 200,000 U.S. SoundScan plateau. This marks the first time a Century Family artist has reached this illustrious benchmark. The accomplishment comes on the heels of the Active Rock radio success of the powerful singles “Heaven’s A Lie” and “Swamped,” which also exploded at Fuse and MTV2. The group spent the past two years touring relentlessly with the likes of Anthrax, Opeth, P.O.D. and Type O Negative only to emerge as Ozzfest 2004’s breakout artist after consistently outselling all other second stage acts each week. Led by the undeniably captivating Cristina Scabbia (vocals), the group garnered mainstream acclaim from such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Stuff, among others.
Lacuna Coil are currently in the pre-production phase for the highly anticipated follow-up to Comalies with longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sentenced, Moonspell). Cristina checks in with the following report on the band’s songwriting progress: “We are working on the new stuff and I can tell you it is definitely killer! We are really proud of the new songs and we are still composing new material. We plan on presenting some of the new tracks this summer at festivals around Europe; check out the dates at http://www.lacunacoil.it and http://www.emptyspiral.net. Thanks for the great support you've given us since we started. We love you and we are ready to come back to kick some serious ass!”
Lacuna Coil will soon break from the studio to participate in a few major European festivals. The dates are listed below.
May 21 (France) Hirson - Rotonde Festival
Jun. 04 (Germany) Nürnberg - Rock Im Park
Jun. 05 (Germany)Nürburgring/Eifel - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 11 (Italy) Bologna - Gods of Metal
Jun. 12 (England) Donington - Park Download Festival
Jun. 24 (Germany) Le Mans - Fury Festival
Aug. 14 (Germany) Hildesheim - M’era Luna
Aug. 18 - Aug. 20 (Germany) Abtsgmünd - Summerbreeze
Oct. 22 (Belgium) Wieze - Female Voices Festival
Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.
According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:
More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival, which takes place on 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
New for the Main Stage on Saturday are Anthrax, Alter Bridge, and Bowling for Soup, while new for Sunday are Nightwish, and Killswitch Engage.
There's also new bands for the Snickers Stage, with the Bled added for Friday. Saturday has added Meshuggah, Unearth, and Every Time I Die, and Sunday has added DKT/MC5, Lacuna Coil, Caliban, and As I Lay Dying.
These join bands previously announced, including Feeder, Garbage, Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, System of a Down, Slipknot, Mortorhead, and more. Click here for the full day and stage listings (so far) - more bands will be added in the coming weeks.
Three-day tickets are on sale, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day. Click here to buy tickets.
Lacuna Coil have announced their involved with this year's Download Festival, which happens at Donington. The Italians say they'll be appearing on June 12, the last of the three days.
Freelance writer Bryan Reesman has submitted the following report to GRAMMY.com:
If the multi-platinum success of EVANESCENCE proved to narrow-minded rock jocks that female-fronted metal bands were viable, a fresh wave of melodic European headbangers should cement that affirmation, with their distinct blend of heavy guitars, symphonic underpinnings and soaring female vocals. Thanks to the breakthrough of "Fallen", like-minded groups that court gothic and classical influences are starting to find success on American shores.
"For quite a number of years we've personally loved that sound and tried to champion it," declares Marco Barbieri, president of the Century Family of labels that includes Century Media and Nuclear Blast. "We initially liked the European, gothic-inspired stuff that came out of some of the doom and death metal bands of the early '90s. When women started joining these bands, they made it that much more exciting and compelling."
Their sounds are quite distinct. NIGHTWISH blends gothic brooding with intense guitars and classical bombast. Their recent album, "Once", features orchestra, choir and a Native American flute player. LACUNA COIL play gothic-tinged heavy rock that invokes a more aggressive Evanescence (and they have been around much longer). LEAVES' EYES, lead by former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine, serve up dreamy, medieval-style metal. All of these bands employ lush keyboards and often contrast their beautiful female singing with harsh male growls normally reserved for death metal. That latter concept may not sound commercial, but EVANESCENCE may have paved the way for its acceptance through the male rap-metal exchanges of "Bring Me To Life".
Odin Thompson, label manager for Napalm Records USA and Moribund Records, sees a basic appeal for these groups — they write great music." These bands bring that heavy edge but inject it with melody and arrangements that have been long lost from rock and roll ," he asserts. "They also offer light to the normally dark world of heavy metal, which makes them special amongst their peers." Thompson believes this subgenre has the potential for tremendous commercial success at a major label level, something Napalm has strongly believed in for years with acts like SINS OF THY BELOVED, TRISTANIA and SIRENIA.
"I'm sure the majors are probably working on their own [groups]," surmises Barbieri. "I feared that a lot of manufactured, female-fronted bands would be coming out after the first EVANESCENCE single. Thankfully we've been spared that from the corporations, and it's being done the right way. Those that have been doing it [awhile] are gaining presence and profile."
The most obvious example of such visibility is Italy's LACUNA COIL, whose two-year-old album "Comalies" scanned more than 200,000 units domestically, cracking the Billboard Top 200 for several weeks last year after extensive grassroots development on radio, video play on Fuse and MTV2, and tours with P.O.D. and Ozzfest.
Read the full article at Grammy.com.
LACUNA COIL have lined up the following dates during the coming months:
May 21 - Rotonde Festival - Hirson, FRA
Jun. 4-5 - Rock Im Park - Nurnberg, GER
Jun. 4-5 - Rock Am Ring - Nurburgring, GER
Jun. 11 - Gods Of Metal - Bologna, ITA
Jun. 12 - Download Festival - Donington Park, UK
Jun. 24 - Fury Fest - Le Mans, FRA
Jun. 26 - Graspop - Dessel, BEL
Aug. 13-14 - M'ere Luna - Hildensheim, GER
As previously reported, LACUNA COIL recently completed a second recording session for their upcoming album, tentatively due this fall via Century Media Records. Late last year, LACUNA COIL spent time in Milan in pre-production with producer Waldemar Sorychta (TIAMAT, GRIP INC., SAMAEL). Check out photos from the recording studio at LacunaCoil.it.
LACUNA COIL's as-yet-untitled new effort will be the follow-up to 2002's "Comalies", which has sold around 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
According to a posting at LACUNA COIL's official web site, the band have completed a second recording session for their upcoming album, tentatively due this fall via Century Media Records. Late last year, LACUNA COIL spent time in Milan in pre-production with producer Waldemar Sorychta (TIAMAT, GRIP INC., SAMAEL).
LACUNA COIL's as-yet-untitled new effort will be the follow-up to 2002's "Comalies", which has sold 196,408 copies
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Sweden's In Flames will be playing at the Graspop Metal Meeting which takes place in Dessel, Belgium on June 24-26. Among the other performers at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are: Accept, Grave Digger, Iron Maiden, Lacuna Coil, Dio and Nevermore. You can check out the festival website here.
Century Media Records has announced details regarding the Marine Corps sampler, tentatively titled "Code Red," that they will be distributing this spring/summer. 20,000 copies will be handed out to U.S. troops leaving for active duty in the Middle East. According to Major Stephen A. Cox, Director of Community Relations for the United States Marine Corps, "Intensity of spirit is precisely what makes the Century Family sampler appealing to many Marines. The donation of samplers to the Marines and their families is patriotic and a generous gesture appreciated by Marines serving their country around the world." Here's the tracklisting for the sampler:
1. Shadows Fall - What Drives the Weak
2. Arch Enemy - We Will Rise
3. God Forbid - Soul Engraved
4. Dark Tranquillity - Lost To Apathy
5. Diecast - Medieval
6. Lacuna Coil - Swamped
7. Nevermore - Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
8. Stampin' Ground - Pain Is Weakness (Leaving The Body)
9. Brand New Sin - Black & Blue
10. The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God
11. The Bones - Do You Wanna...
12. Crash Kelly - She Gets Away
13. Swallow The Sun - Silence of the Womb