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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According to a posting on the LACUNA COIL fan site Emptyspiral.net, LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia has recorded a duet with the Italian pop superstar Franco Battiato on a song entitled "I'm That". A short clip of the track, which appears on Battiato's new album, "Dieci Stratagemmi" (Sony Records), can be downloaded at this location. The lyrics to the song can be viewed by clicking here.
Lacuna Coil has had an extremely successful 2004 as they emerged as this year’s Ozzfest breakthrough artist and watched their latest album, "Comalies," break the 150,000 SoundScan mark in the U.S. The group consistently outsold every Ozzfest band (minus Slipknot) each week with the oldest release of any second stage act. Even mainstage acts Black Label Society, Superjoint Ritual and Dimmu Borgir weekly album sales combined were surpassed by Lacuna Coil's weekly sales alone. All of this coupled with the commercial radio support of their latest single “Swamped” helped the album even crack the coveted Billboard Top 200 chart at #178. Comalies continues to SoundScan a steady 5,000 units per week.
Lacuna Coil was just hailed as one of the “Ten Bands To Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine in their next issue, which hits newsstands on Sept. 23rd. Cristina Scabbia (vocals) also caught the attention of Stuff magazine who dedicated a two-page feature to her in their September issue. The group’s hit single, “Swamped,” is currently featured on the "Resident Evil: Apocalypse Soundtrack" and the Vampire: Bloodlines videogame.
InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen recently compiled a list of the top 10 female metal vocalists as part of the web site's "Opposing Elements" column. "Keeping with the theme of the column (Opposing Elements), we can't agree on everything," Tom writes. "So, while we each offered up three picks unopposed, we'll have to argue about the last four slots on the list."
Top 10 female metal singers, as selected by InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen:
01. Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
02. Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)
03. Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering)
04. Tanja Lainio (Lullacry)
05. Anita Auglend (Sins of Thy Beloved)
06. Candace Kucsulain (Walls of Jericho)
07. Otep Shamaya (Otep)
08. Morgan Lander (Kittie)
09. Jonna Enckell (The Project Hate)
10. Amy Lee (Evanescence)
LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia has told MTV.com that the band are not expecting to record any of the the songs they've written over the past 18 months until at least the end of the year. "Waiting for that to happen will just make me more excited for when we do the actual recording of the album," she said. "The new songs we have will be an evolution of 'Comalies' , but not a huge change. I hate bands that are changing every album, because that's not a natural evolution. LACUNA COIL will be recognizable on the next album. This is how it has to be."
Scabbia also spoke about the endless comparisons between LACUNA COIL and EVANESCENCE — an assessment that many fans find unfair considering that LACUNA COIL has been together since 1994, four years longer than EVANESCENCE. "They're a good band and people like them, so why should I be upset [about the comparisons]?" she said. "It's funny, because in Europe we've been known for a while, so people say the opposite thing. They hear EVANESCENCE and say, 'Oh, is this the new single from LACUNA COIL?' "
Regarding LACUNA COIL's participation in this year's Ozzfest festival, Scabbia said, "It's really tough to wake up in time to play. And of course, we're not used to performing in sunlight, so we have to watch out to get sunburns, but it's good to be finished early because then you have the rest of the day free, and you can enjoy the festival."
In addition to watching many of their favorite acts perform daily, they've been able to meet some of their idols. "You'll just be hanging out backstage with the guys in SLIPKNOT, then Zakk Wylde from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will come by. Then you'll see [JUDAS PRIEST frontman] Rob Halford walking in," Scabbia said. "The whole situation is completely surreal."
"[Drummer] Bill Ward from BLACK SABBATH has become a fan, which is a real honor," she said. "We talk to him almost every day, and he's hosting a radio program that's playing our songs, which is a real honor to us."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia is featured in the September issue of Stuff magazine, where she's asked if she has crazy male groupies. "Some people write to me about my feet because of the sandals I wore in one photo session," she said. "People went crazy for my feet! But usually when men come up to me, they don't tick me off or say anything rude. They always kiss my hand or say, 'Won't you marry me?' or 'Can I have a hug?' They are really polite. I don't want to know what they say behind my back." You can check out a sexy shot of Cristina at StuffMagazine.com.
Read the full article at Stuff Magazine.
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
Cradle Of Filth bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site:
"The new album is finished and the promo tour has started which saw me and [vocalist] Dani [Filth] travel through Cologne - Germany, Stockholm - Sweden, Amsterdam - Holland, Milan - Italy and New York - USA. There is a 6-track CD featuring unmixed and unmastered songs gone out to the press which rumour has it can be downloaded on the net. I wanna personally thank whoever did this for us as it's helped the promotion of 'Nymphetamine' a thousand fold and we now hope to go on and sell a million copies due to people downloading our songs before we put them on the website. Cheers for that. I'll buy you a beer if we ever meet. You can officially download the title track for us when it appears on the 'Resident Evil' soundtrack later this month. Thanks.
"One thing not many people have heard so far is our Bathory 'Bestial Lust' cover, which is set to appear on Japanese release of 'Nymphetamine' as an extra track. We did this before Bathory mainman Quorthon died but we'd still like to think of it as a tribute to them. Maybe this track will appear on our special edition early next year, so rest of the world... don't worry.
"The video shoot for 'Nymphetamine' takes place this week in London at a secret location and [former Theatre Of Tragedy and current Leaves's Eyes singer] Liv Kristine WILL be featured in the video. Dani tells us: 'It's sort of a murder ballad. The vibe of it is going to be like you are watching theatre. It's going to be very Shakespearian, but the lead characters are actually both females, so there is going to be a slight lesbian kink to it.' Nice... I spent some of today choosing the models for the video.
"Preparation for our South American tour has now begun and we are working on the set list in rehearsals, which is leaning more towards older tracks for the fans down there. 'Nymphetamine' will be released while we are actually in Colombia (on the 28th September), so plenty of reason for us to celebrate! As for touring plans in the rest of the world... bands tipped to be playing with us range from Mudvayne, Lacuna Coil, 3 Inches Of Blood in the USA and Type O Negative in Europe before Christmas. All this can change so please don't quote me on it. I'd just rather people hear it from the band instead of unreliable sources."
MTV2's Headbangers Ball Tour is coming back this fall with CRADLE OF FILTH and MUDVAYNE co headlining. Other bands rumored for the bill are HIMSA, SATYRICON, LACUNA COIL, and BLEEDING THROUGH.
After 92 weeks, Comalies , the acclaimed third album from Italian sextet Lacuna Coil – a group that Reuters news service recently declared to be “on the verge of a major breakthrough” – has cracked the Billboard 200, the magazine’s weekly tally of the country’s top-selling albums.
Originally released on October 29, 2002 , Comalies – which shattered the 100,000 sales mark two weeks ago – achieved its best weekly sales mark to date from July 19-25, logging 5,818 copies sold, according to SoundScan. The album – #194 on this week’s chart – has sold more than 17,000 copies in the last month alone, and marks the first-ever Billboard 200 appearance in the history of the group’s label, the Los Angeles-based independent Century Media Records.
“It’s a testament to our philosophy of believing in a band and working them from the ground up,” says Phil Hinkle, Century Media’s director of A&R. “In an era where artist development seems to be an afterthought, it’s exciting to be a part of such a natural, organic success story.”
In large part, Comalies ’ robust sales can be attributed to Lacuna Coil’s Ozzfest performances. Of all second-stage acts, the group is being outsold by only Slipknot and Atreyu, both of which have released new albums within the last two months. In addition, current single “Swamped” is enjoying heavy commercial radio airplay nationwide – the track is #40 on this week’s R&R Active Rock chart – as well as steady video play on both MTV2 and Fuse. The song will be included on the soundtrack to the upcoming Sony Pictures film Resident Evil: Apocalypse and featured in the forthcoming Activision video game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines .
Aside from Ozzfest, Lacuna Coil will be playing select “off-fest” shows throughout August. That month, the group will also deliver three acoustic in-store performances at select Borders Music locations. A new album will surface in 2005.
The official website for Pigstock 10 has been updated, and is full of information regarding the 4-stage, multi-band festival that takes place on Friday, August 13 in Davenport, Iowa. Head to www.pigstock10.com to check it out.
Roving, on assignment SMNnews correspondant, Fecal Corpse guitarist, and former SMNnews staff member Mike Solomon has returned (in 1 piece) from his outing to Ozzfest 2004 at the Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY.
Lamb of God
...as well as in-action shots of Judas Priest and the 1st live pictures of Black Sabbath have been made available online. You can view them here, as well as read Mike's personal 18-page account of the show here.
More JUDAS PRIEST OffFest dates have been announced. Here's a summary of shows with confirmed openers:
17 - Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds, Cadott WI (Rock Fest)
26 - Idaho Center, Nampa ID (with Slayer and Hatebreed)
30 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento CA (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
4 - Don Haskins Center, El Paso TX (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
8 - Woodlands Pavilion, Woodlands TX (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
18 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto ON (with Slayer)
29 - Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT (with Lacuna Coil)
So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)
I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...
Our very own Gothique was at Ozzfest in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the the Tweeter Center on July 12 and sent a load of pictures from second stage of the show (hardly anyone is allowed to take pics of the main stage bands). Check em out over at the gallery page.
Century Media have racked up their second 100,000 + selling CD with LACUNA COIL’s Comalies album.
The album has scanned 100,148 copies to date, making it the second Century Media release to break the 100,000 mark after SHADOWS FALL’s The Art Of Balance album. The album sales over the last week have actually increased 23% over the previous week, making it Century Media’s highest sales week ever. More...
Some setlist info is starting to filter in from bands at this years Ozzfest. Here they are so far:
Someone's Standing On My Chest
Right Side of The Bed
Lip Gloss and Black
Broken Promise More...
Rob Zombie and A Perfect Circle will contribute new recordings to the fist-pounding soundtrack to the flick "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," which comes out August 24. Other artists signed on for the disc include Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, and some unnamed emo/metalcore acts, according to a spokesperson for the project.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
A clip of Italy's LACUNA COIL performing "Heaven's A Lie" acoustically has been put online on MYV2's Headbanger's Ball web area.
LACUNA COIL's charming lead singer Cristina Scabbia has checked in with the following update on the band's status:
Hi there! We are finally on vacation in LA after the P.O.D. tour and its been amazing! Thanks to P.O.D. for having us on this tour and sharing their barbecues with us hungry Italians, but most of all thanks to all our fans for supporting us this month and a half and for coming to the shows. You know we love you all so much and that without you we are nothing.
It’s been a busy period, but it was worth it. One of the highlights was performing 'Heaven’s A Lie' acoustically on Headbangers Ball, which was very exciting for us. We also have a new single out on the radio for 'Swamped' along with a new video too, so if you have some spare time pick up your phone to call your favorite radio station and support us by requesting it. Now we just want to rest a little bit to be in perfect shape for the Ozzfest and we are ready to rock down the house. See you there and keep on rockin.”
According to an interview conducted by Pivotalrage.com with BLEEDING THROUGH's vocalist (Brandon), it seems that DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL are set to play some Off-fest (dates during Ozzfest when Ozzfest is not being played) dates together this summer. Here's the Q & A:
"PR: Are there going to be any off dates with any other bands from Ozzfest?"
"Brandon: Yeah we will either be doing off dates with SLAYER or DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL. If it works out our way it will be with SLAYER because we fit more with that crowd then a black metal crowd. But either way it’s going to be crazy."