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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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
Lacuna Coil frontwoman Cristina Scabbia recently spoke to the web site of the group's official worldwide fan club, EmptySpiral.net, about the band's upcoming studio album and her work with Italian superstar Franco Battiato, among other topics.
Read the full article at EmptySpiral.net.
Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.
Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.
There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...
Lacuna Coil's 2004 album "Comalies" has beaten every band's record sales on the Century Media roster by selling nearly 150,000 copies within the past 12 months! "Comalies" is still the best selling album from Century Media. Lacuna Coil are currently doing pre-production for the next album.
Chimaira has been doing their thing back in Cleveland - that 'thing' currently being busting their collective asses writing new material, with hopes to enter the studio early next year (Jan/Feb) to start the recording process.
Chimaira Holiday shows upcoming:
12/27/2004 Hammersmith Apollo - London (with In Flames and Lacuna Coil)
12/30/2004 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
According to a posting on the group's official web site, Italy's Lacuna Coil recently spent time in Milan in pre-production with producer Waldemar Sorychta (Tiamat, Grip Inc., Samael). The band will soon enter the studio to record the first three songs for their much-anticipated follow-up to 2002's "Comalies." A late 2005 release via Century Media Records is expected.
A Sleep of Right song from 1994 entitled "Bleeding Souls" is now up for download on Emptyspiral.net. Sleep of Right was the band consisting of modern-day Lacuna Coil members Andrea Ferro (now- vocals, then- bass and vocals) and Marco Coti Zelati (now- bass, then- guitar) before Ethereal or Lacuna Coil existed. The track has never been made public... until now!
In the latest issue of the Metal Hammer magazine, Lacuna Coil frontwoman Cristina Scabbia confirmed that she is no longer involved in a relationship with the group's bass player, Marco Coti Zelati, after spending 10 years together. Asked about the reports that she is currently dating Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root, Cristina (who was wearing a Slipknot shirt during the interview) declined to comment, adding that "People might want to know about everything, about me as an artist, but my private life... It's my private life. People that I care about are going to get hurt reading this."
Al Jorgensen of Ministry is responsible for the headlining soundtrack to Activision's highly anticipated PC game Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. Inspired by the dark, menacing undertones of the game, Ministry's track, "Bloodlines," is one of several popular songs that can be heard in the game, which takes fans into the sinister vampire underground society of modern day L.A.
The complete lineup of songs for the game includes:
Aerial - "Pound"
Chiasm - "Isolated"
Daniel Ash - "Come Alive"
Darling Violetta - "Smaller God"
Die My Darling - "Needles Eye"
Genitorturers - "Lecher Bitch"
Lacuna Coil - "Swamped"
Ministry - "Bloodlines"
Tiamat - "Cain"
In Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, the famous White Wolf role-playing game world extends into an all-new interactive adventure, combining the rich character development and immersive storyline expected in a true RPG with the up-close-and-personal first-person immersion and action provided by SourceTM, the latest engine technology developed by Valve. Currently in development by Troika Games for the PC, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is yet to be rated and is expected to release this Autumn.
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.