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Lacuna Coil Vocalist Andrea Ferro Sheds Light On New Album "Black Anima"

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It's been twenty years since Milan's Gothic metal favourites Lacuna Coil released their debut full length album, "In A Reverie" and with every record since, the band has only gotten stronger. Celebrating this milestone, the band released their new album, "Black Anima" last month, to overwhelmingly positive reviews and delighting many fans by bringing back older elements such as growled vocals.

Currently, the band are on the road as part of a co-headlining European run with Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie and will be heading back to North America next year as special guests to Apocalyptica. At the band's recent show in Bristol, I caught up with vocalist Andrea Ferro to talk all about "Black Anima," the band's first book, "Nothing Stands In Our Way," the possibility of doing an album completely in Italian and more. You can listen to it in full below, while some excerpts read as follows:

Diamond Oz: The new album, "Black Anima" is out now. It's brilliant!

Andrea Ferro: (laughs) Yeah it seems to be doing really well, both from the new fans and the old school fans and also most of the critics have been very positive.

Oz: It's a very heavy album, a very dark album, as the title implies. What led you to this darker musical path?

Andrea: Basically, I think it's a process we started subconsciously on the last record, "Delirium," where we were introducing a bit more double bass, heavier riffs and growled vocals. We felt it was time to refresh our sound a little bit because we've been around, we do have our signature sound that you can recognise in every release, but we also want, for ourselves and for the people, to hear something fresh from us so that it's still exciting for us to write, record then play for a long time.

We really just wanted to follow the inspiration without thinking too much, or focusing on the past. I think there are certain elements that, no matter what, are going to be in our music and there's nothing we can do about it because of the dual vocals or certain atmospheric parts that will always be there because it's in our musical DNA, but I think it's also important that we do something interesting. We still listen to new bands and with our record, we write for the year it's released. Obviously it's our record but it's 2019 so we want something that's meaningful for this year and time.

Oz: It's an important year for Lacuna Coil, being the twentieth anniversary of "In A Reverie" and "Black Anima" itself is kind of a celebration of that. Like you said, you've brought back certain elements, so it's like a "best of" but with new material.

Andrea: Yeah, that's a good way to describe it. I think you can find more or less all the elements we had in the past and there are some songs, like for example, "Veneficium," can remind someone of a certain atmosphere or records like "In A Reverie" or "Unleashed Memories" but in a 2019 version. Then you have songs like "Reckless" or "Layers Of Time," which are in between a more modern approach and going somewhere else, so there's a bit for the old school fans but also going somewhere for the future and I think that's why people like it. A lot of fans are actually comparing it to "Comalies" which is a big honour for us because obviously that's the record that most people found out about Lacuna Coil. So when people say it's as good as "Comalies," it's a big compliment to us, especially twenty years into our career.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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