Lacuna Coil

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Lacuna Coil
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Lacuna Coil performing in Lima, Peru in March 2017
Background information
Also known asSleep of Right (1994-1995)
Ethereal (1995-1997)
Origin Milan, Italy
Genres
Years active1994 (1994)–present
Labels Century Media
Associated acts Type O Negative, [11] Megadeth, Rezophonic
Website www.lacunacoil.it
Members Andrea Ferro
Marco Coti Zelati
Cristina Scabbia
Diego Cavallotti
Richard Meiz
Past membersMichaelangelo Algardi
Raffaele Zagaria
Claudio Leo
Leonardo Forti
Cristiano Migliore
Cristiano Mozzati
Marco Biazzi

Lacuna Coil is an Italian gothic metal band from Milan. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal. [12] Inspired by the combination of gothic imagery and music, the members have been known, musically, for composing mid-tempo songs consisting of prominent guitar lines and contrasting dual female/male vocal harmonies to help create a melodic, detached sound. Much of the band's recent material, however, sees a heavier and more down-tuned style, featuring a more distinct bass line and a higher mixing of the guitars within the songs. [13] [14] The band's 2012 release, Dark Adrenaline , peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. As of March 2012, Lacuna Coil have sold over two million albums worldwide. [15] They have toured internationally and were nominated in 2006 for an MTV Europe Music Award.

Gothic metal is a fusion genre combining the heaviness of heavy metal with the dark atmospheres of gothic rock. The music of gothic metal is diverse with bands known to adopt the gothic approach to different styles of heavy metal music. The genre originated during the early 1990s in the United Kingdom originally as an outgrowth of death-doom, a fusion of death metal and doom metal. Lyrics are generally dark and introspective with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.

Milan Italian city

Milan is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome, with the city proper having a population of 1,395,274 while its metropolitan city has a population of 3,250,315. Its continuously built-up urban area has a population estimated to be about 5,270,000 over 1,891 square kilometres. The wider Milan metropolitan area, known as Greater Milan, is a polycentric metropolitan region that extends over central Lombardy and eastern Piedmont and which counts an estimated total population of 7.5 million, making it by far the largest metropolitan area in Italy and the 54th largest in the world. Milan served as capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 to 402 and the Duchy of Milan during the medieval period and early modern age.

<i>Dark Adrenaline</i> 2012 studio album by Lacuna Coil

Dark Adrenaline is the sixth studio album by Italian metal band Lacuna Coil. The album was produced by Don Gilmore, and mixed by Marco Barusso. The album debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 chart with initial sales of 20,000. It also charted in the top five on four other different Billboard charts including the Rock Albums, Alternative Albums, Hard Rock Albums and the Independent Albums charts. The album was also successful throughout Europe, charting in ten countries, six of which Lacuna Coil have achieved their highest chart positions in those countries to date. Overall, this album has charted in fifteen different countries worldwide.

Contents

History

Formation and debut EP (1994–1998)

Vocalist Andrea Ferro and bassist/composer Marco Coti Zelati formed Sleep of Right in Milan, Italy, 1994,[ citation needed ] and recruited Raffaele Zagaria on guitars, and Michaelangelo Algardi on the drums. After recording a song titled "Bleeding Souls" for the Noise of Bolgia compilation in 1995, Claudio Leo became the band's second guitarist, and Leonardo Forti replaced Michaelangelo on the drums after his departure. The band asked Cristina Scabbia, a friend and girlfriend of Marco at the time, to sing background vocals briefly, which led to her officially joining the band. Soon after, the band changed their name to Ethereal, and signed to Century Media at the end of 1997. Finding that the name Ethereal was already taken by a Greek band, they changed their name to Lacuna Coil, meaning "empty spiral." [16]

Andrea Ferro Italian singer

Andrea "Andy" Ferro is the male vocalist and one of the founding members of Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil.

Cristina Scabbia Italian singer

Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia is an Italian singer and lyricist, best known as one of the two vocalists in the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. She used to write an advice column in the popular rock magazine Revolver, alongside musician Vinnie Paul. Scabbia is featured in a Megadeth song "À Tout le Monde ". She also featured on "The Theory of Everything", an album from Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Ayreon project, with which she is cast as the Mother. She is also the featured artist in the Apocalyptica song "S.O.S. " and another version of the Alter Bridge song "Watch Over You". Her highest note ever hit is claimed to be an A7. Scabbia performed a duet with the Italian ex-singer of Linea 77 Emiliano Audisio on the track "Beautiful Lie" to be part of the soundtrack for the 2013 Italian film Passione sinistra.

Lacuna Coil released a self-titled EP through Century Media in 1998, shortly after Raffael Zagaria, Claudio Leo, and Leonardo Forti departed. As a result, guitarist Cristiano Migliore and drummer Cristiano Mozzati were recruited officially. At this point, the band was touring with Moonspell after the release of the Lacuna Coil EP.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Moonspell Portuguese heavy metal band

Moonspell is a Portuguese heavy metal band. Formed in 1992, the group released their first EP Under the Moonspell in 1994 and followed up with their debut album Wolfheart a year later. They quickly became one of the most recognizable metal bands from Portugal and a key figure in gothic metal.

<i>Lacuna Coil</i> (EP) 1998 EP by Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil is an EP by the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil, released on April 7, 1998, by Century Media.

In a Reverie (1998–2000)

Following a second European tour, the band recorded their debut full-length album In a Reverie and added second guitarist Marco Biazzi. The band supported the album with another European tour, co-headlining with Skyclad. Allmusic rated the album 4 stars, saying it was "a fine debut by a band that bears watching." The band toured mostly around Europe, generally as a support act.

<i>In a Reverie</i> 1999 studio album by Lacuna Coil

In a Reverie, is the debut studio album by Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. The album was released 8 June 1999 through Century Media Records. In 2005, the album was re-released with new artwork and a new cover.

Skyclad (band) British folk metal band

Skyclad are a British heavy metal band with heavy folk influences in their music. They are considered one of the pioneers of folk metal. The etymology behind the term "skyclad" comes from a pagan/wiccan term for ritual nudity, in which rituals are performed with the participants metaphorically clad only by the sky, as a sign of equality. The name alludes both to the band's religious leanings and to their social beliefs, as set out in the song "Skyclad" on their first album.

Halflife EP and Unleashed Memories (2000–2002)

Following their debut, In a Reverie, the EP Half-Life was released in 2000 with five songs: "Half Life," "Hyperfast," "Stars" (a cover of a Dubstar single), "Trance Awake" and a demo version of "Senzafine." The final version of the latter was included in the 2001 album Unleashed Memories . While the studio album contained 10 songs, later re-releases included the Halflife EP. That same year, the band toured the United States for the first time, supporting Moonspell. [17] [18]

<i>Halflife</i> (EP) 2000 EP by Lacuna Coil

Halflife is an EP by the Italian rock band Lacuna Coil, released in 2000 by Century Media. The EP contains 5 tracks. A slightly altered version of the track Senzafine would later appear on international releases of their 2001 full-length album, Unleashed Memories, while the entire HALFLife EP was appended to the United States release of the album. A performance of Senzafine can also be found on the band's 2008 live album.

Dubstar band

Dubstar are an English band, performing dream pop and alternative dance, as well as occasional pop ballads and, on later releases, guitar-laden rock with industrial twists. The group was formed in 1992 by Steve Hillier and Chris Wilkie in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sarah Blackwood joined in 1993 as vocalist.

<i>Unleashed Memories</i> 2001 studio album by Lacuna Coil

Unleashed Memories is the second studio album by Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. The album was released 20 March 2001 through Century Media Records and is the first release to feature the classic lineup as Marco Biazzi joined the band. American releases append the Halflife EP to this album.

Comalies (2002–2006)

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Cristina Scabbia (left) and Andrea Ferro (right) performing at the 2005 M'era Luna Festival

The band's breakthrough album Comalies was released in 2002. [19] A significant player on Europe's metal scene for nearly a decade at this point, the band was virtually unknown in the United States. [20] The TV series Uranium gave the band some of its earliest US exposure; over a year later, the first single from Comalies, "Heaven's a Lie," began to receive radio and media attention, pulling the band into North America's musical mainstream. They kicked off their first headlining U.S. tour in 2003, supported by Dog Fashion Disco. [21] [22] Networks such as Fuse played the song's video, for example. In early 2005, "Heaven's a Lie" won in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Hard Rock/Metal Song. [23] The beginning of this song was also used as the introduction music for the audio podcast novel The Rookie by Scott Sigler. The second single, "Swamped," was played in heavy rotation and used in the video game Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines . It also appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Resident Evil: Apocalypse . Videos were filmed for both songs and broadcast on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball , which also saw the band perform an acoustic rendition of "Heaven's a Lie" live.

<i>Comalies</i> 2002 studio album by Lacuna Coil

Comalies is the third studio album by Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil, released on 29 October 2002 through Century Media Records. According to lead singer Cristina Scabbia, "[During the album's recording], we had a sort of creative explosion. We were working in a coma, sort of like in a different dimension. First of all we just wanted to use the word 'coma' but there was something missing so we played with the two words coma and lies." Comalies peaked at #178 on the Billboard 200 and Peaked at #9 on the Top Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts. The outline of the shape from the cover of the band's previous album Unleashed Memories (2001) is faintly visible on top of the sunflower. The album has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the United States as of January 2012.

Uranium was an American television program about heavy metal which aired on Fuse TV in the early 2000s (decade). After establishing herself as the host of MMUSA's Tastemakers program, Juliya Chernetsky, along with network producers, created Uranium as an outlet for the broad range of heavy metal subgenres. Debuting in 2002 and hosted by a 19-year-old Chernetsky, it served as Fuse TV's equivalent to MTV's Headbangers Ball, a long-canceled series that was revived shortly after Uranium's debut. With new episodes premiering Friday nights at 9pm ET, the program traditionally ran a half-hour featuring an interview with a band and music videos.

Heavens a Lie 2002 single by Lacuna Coil

Heaven's a Lie is the first single by Lacuna Coil from their album Comalies. Although frequently labeled as an anti-religion song, the song's namesake was not intended to be interpreted literally. In an interview with HighWireDaze.com, leading vocalist Cristina Scabbia explained the meaning of the song; the word "heaven" is a metaphor for a "perfect life". When the phrase "your heaven's a lie" is used, it is referring to people who try to force their opinions on others.

By 2004, Comalies had become the best-selling CD in Century Media's history. The band appeared at Ozzfest in between headlining club tours in the United States and Europe. A bonus, extended version of Comalies was released both in stores and on iTunes. This version consisted of both live and acoustic versions of the songs "Heaven's A Lie," "Swamped," "Unspoken," "Aeon" and "Senzafine" from Unleashed Memories.

Karmacode (2006–2008)

The band and label postponed the release of their follow-up to Comalies, Karmacode , to early 2006. According to the band's website, this made it possible for more time to be spent on production and to avoid the crowded summer 2005 release schedule for metal albums. On December 23, 2005 the band announced on their web site that all recording, mixing, and mastering on Karmacode had been completed. It was then announced that Karmacode would be released in the United States on April 4, 2006.[ citation needed ]

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Lacuna Coil performing in San Diego

During their 2005 European Tour, Lacuna Coil debuted two new songs from Karmacode at selected concerts: "Our Truth" and "Fragile" under the working titles "Antonio" and "A2" respectively. [24]

Karmacode debuted at number 28 on the Billboard 200. Considered by Billboard to be "the biggest album in the history of Century Media Records," [25] it was acclaimed by music critics and magazines. [26] [27] [28] [29] Corresponding with the release of the new album, Lacuna Coil toured with Rob Zombie throughout North America in early 2006. After their tour with Zombie, they performed main stage at Ozzfest 2006 along with System of a Down, Ozzy Osbourne, and Hatebreed, becoming the first female-fronted band to co-headline the heavy-metal festival. That summer they also played on the main stage of the Download Festival (a three-day music festival in England's Donington Park), which was headlined by Metallica, Tool, and Guns N' Roses. That December, Lacuna Coil teamed up with In Flames, The Sword and Seemless for a US tour, as well as The Blackest of the Black 2006 Tour.[ citation needed ]

Four singles were officially released from Karmacode: "Our Truth," "Closer," "Within Me" and a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." "Our Truth" was the first single released and had a music video produced for it. The song was featured on the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack and entered the top forty on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in the United States. [25] [30]

The band toured extensively to support the album throughout 2007. This included the Jägermeister Music Tour, The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007, Loudpark Festival '07 in Saitama City's Saitama Super Arena, and the Australian leg of Megadeth's Gigantour.

Lacuna Coil's first live DVD was released in November 2008, entitled Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul) . The CD/DVD package is a retrospective of all things from the band's Karmacode album cycle. The set list features concerts filmed at Germany's Wacken Festival and at the Japanese Loudpark Festival in 2007. [31]

Shallow Life (2008–2010)

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Lacuna Coil performing in Chile in June 2010

In 2008, it was announced that Lacuna Coil's fifth studio album would be produced by Don Gilmore and would include some Arabic influences. Cristina Scabbia explained in the magazine Rock Sound: "It's different, but it's our style. We haven't done anything absolutely different from our style, because that wouldn't be natural, that would be weird - it wouldn't be us. The songs are definitely more powerful, more complete, more intense, more straight-to-the-point." Andrea Ferro said: "We've put more attention on the real meaning of the songs, so the vocals are a bit more prominent. We've worked a lot with Don Gilmore on the pronunciation of the words in English, so people really understand the meanings of the words. There are strong choruses, where people can relate and really understand what we mean." [32]

On December 13, 2008, it was revealed that the new album would be titled Shallow Life . [33] The album was released in Europe on April 20, 2009 and in the United States on April 21, 2009. It debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, [34] and became Lacuna Coil's first Top 20 album in the U.S. [35] As of September 2009, it has sold nearly 70,000 copies in the United States. [36]

In February and March 2009, Lacuna Coil played at the Australian music festival Soundwave alongside metal acts including DevilDriver, In Flames, Lamb of God, and Nine Inch Nails. The festival spanned five capital cities, at which they performed their single "Spellbound" from Shallow Life for the first time. [37] Early June saw them play in the UK at Download Festival. Their set was scheduled for the opening day, where they would play on the second stage just before Opeth and later Mötley Crüe. Later in July 2009, Lacuna Coil embarked on the American Spellbound Tour, alongside Kill Hannah, Seventh Void, and Dommin. This was Lacuna Coil's first U.S. headlining run in over two years and the first tour the band has been on since the Music as a Weapon Tour IV alongside Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, and Chimaira in early 2009. During Early 2010 (Jan/Feb) the band came to the United Kingdom to do a Headline "Shallow Life" tour with their support acts Dommin and Dirty Little Rabbits. They then returned to the UK again in September/October 2010 headlining the "Survive" tour, this time at more intimate/VIP venues, with the support act Slaves to Gravity. [36]

Dark Adrenaline (2011–2012)

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Lacuna Coil performing live at the Costa de Fuego festival in Benicàssim in July 2012

A new album that was in the works since the first quarter of 2011 was confirmed with its title later being revealed as Dark Adrenaline . Produced by Don Gilmore and mixed by Marco Barusso. On September 2, 2011, it was announced that the first single from the record, titled "Trip the Darkness," was released digitally on October 17, 2011, with the album's release following on January 24, 2012. [38] The album's third single, "End of Time," was released on December 12, 2012; the music video for the song was shot in Italy on October 17, 2012. [39]

Broken Crown Halo (2013–2015)

In September 2013, the band announced the start of recording their new album with the producer Jay Baumgardner. [40] Lacuna Coil announced the title of their upcoming album, Broken Crown Halo , due for release April 1 in North America. [41]

The first track of their new album called "Nothing Stands In Our Way" was premiered online. On February 14, 2014, the band announced via their Facebook page that their guitarist Cristiano "Pizza" Migliore and drummer Cristiano "Criz" Mozzati decided to retire from the band after 16 years, citing personal reasons. Ryan Folden (The Agony Scene, Burn Halo, Enterprise Earth, After Midnight Project) has since joined the band.

Delirium (2015–present)

On December 8, 2015, it was announced that the band are recording a new album, titled Delirium. [42] . Produced by Marco Coti Zelati and mixed by Marco Barusso. On April 8, 2016, Lacuna Coil premiered the song "The House of Shame" along with announcing the release of the album to be May 27, 2016. [43] On July 21 2016, Lacuna Coil presented the album's second single "Delirium" as a Music Video, followed by their third single "Blood, Tears, Dust," as a Music-Action Video on March 22 2017, and their fourth single, "You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You" on May 15 2017. On December 9, 2016, Lacuna Coil premiered a new Christmas-themed song titled "Naughty Christmas" as a stand-alone single. [44]

On January 14, 2016, Lacuna Coil announced the amicable departure of longtime guitarist Marco Biazzi. [45] On April 11, 2016, during an Italian press tour, Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro presented Diego Cavallotti as the new live guitarist for the forthcoming tour. [46]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2006MTV Europe Music Awards Best Italian Act Lacuna CoilNominated
2012Revolver Golden Gods AwardBest International BandLacuna CoilNominated
2012Female Metal Voices Fest AwardBest Album 2012Dark AdrenalineWon
2016Metal Hammer Awards (Germany)Best International BandLacuna CoilWon
2018Metal Hammer Golden Gods AwardsBest Live ActLacuna CoilWon

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Lacuna Coil

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