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(……both of these articles are courtesy of blabbermouth/RoadrunneR news service….the top part is a December 2015 news announcement and the second part was a interview a couple of days ago….)

Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL have entered BRX Studio in Milan to record their new album, “Delirium”, for a tentative May 2016 release via Century Media. The CD is being produced by LACUNA COIL bassist and main songwriter Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati, with engineering by Marco Barusso and additional assistance from Dario Valentini.

“Delirium” is LACUNA COIL’s first album to featuring American drummer Ryan Blake Folden, who has been touring with the band since 2012.

“We entered the studio about a week ago, so we’re at the very beginning,” LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia told “Loudwire Nights” host Toni Gonzalez. “We’re absolutely excited and I think everything will be completed before the end of February, I think. And the album should be out at the end of May. It’s called ‘Delirium’ and there’s tons of reasons for it.”

She continued: “It’s been a crazy couple of years for different reasons, for personal reasons and for a lot of things that we will disclose, or we will tell later.”

Scabbia added: “It’s heavier than the previous albums we did, which is kind of surprising, because a lot of bands are going the other way around and getting softer and more accessible.”

Cristina previously said about the group’s upcoming follow-up to last year’s “Broken Crown Halo” album: “It’s gonna be different. I mean, we have a slightly different lineup [following the recent departures of guitarist Cristiano ‘Pizza’ Migliore and drummer Cristiano ‘CriZ’ Mozzati], because we have a new drummer [Ryan Blake Folden] and we’re gonna be working with one guitar only, so everything will be more straight to the point. We’re gonna be using a lot more electronic arrangements — very weird… It’s gonna be very mystique, dark… We’re still deciding a lot of details, so it’s hard to tell you exactly how it’s gonna sound like, but so far, from the demos, it sounds like definitely a different phase of LACUNA COIL.”

On the topic of the response from LACUNA COIL fans to the band’s musical evolution over the years, co-vocalist Andrea Ferro said: “It’s always different with us, because we kind of change a little bit every time, so we always get maybe some people disappointed in the first time, and then they listen to it and they like it. And some other [people], they love it right away. The people that are more open-minded, they’re gonna like it, and the people that it takes a little bit more to get used to the new stuff, they don’t like it in the beginning, but then they come [around]. That’s the characteristic of our band; it’s always been like that.”

“Broken Crown Halo” sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1, 2014 via Century Media.

“Broken Crown Halo” was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD).

 

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Lisa-Marie Cantus conducted an interview with vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL last October at the Female Metal Event in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked for her opinion on festivals featuring only bands with female singers, Cristina said: “I like them, because there is a big part of fans that are enjoying this type of music, and it’s cool that you can actually offer a festival with bands that are playing that style. I’m not very happy about the ‘female-fronted’ term, just because, for me, it’s very natural to think about a female in a band as a person like any other in the band. So I don’t do the separation in between guys and girls. It’s just, like, you can be a singer, you can be a guitar player, drummer… but I don’t do the separation of the sex in the band. But I’m glad that there is a chance to have a festival like that where the crowd can just go and know that they’re gonna find this type of music and female voices performing.”

Scabbia also talked in more detail about her views on females in the heavy metal genre. She said: “I think that whoever says… I said it too, and I say it, that we need more girls in the scene. But it’s not because I am only supporting the female-fronted bands. It’s more because music is for everyone, so… Metal, it’s pretty much the only genre — because I cannot think of any other else — that is still a little bit conservative when it comes to talk about a female in the band. It’s still, like, ‘Oh, it’s metal. It’s weird to have a female in the band.’ And, to me, it’s really weird. I mean, I’ve been doing this for almost twenty years, and I never thought [of] myself as the female element in the band; I always thought [of] myself as… I’m a singer in the band.”

Guitarist Marco “Maus” Biazzi recently left LACUNA COIL. He said in a statement: “I felt I couldn’t add more in this project any longer so I decided to leave my second family, LACUNA COIL, to take a different path for a new challenge in my life.

LACUNA COIL will tentatively release its new album, “Delirium”, in May via Century Media. The CD was recorded at BRX Studio in Milan with producer — and LACUNA COIL bassist and main songwriter — Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati, with engineering by Marco Barusso and additional assistance from Dario Valentini.

“Delirium” is LACUNA COIL’s first album to featuring American drummer Ryan Blake Folden, who has been touring with the band since 2012.

LACUNA COIL in February 2014 parted ways with guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore and drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati.

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