Interview with Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia

By Andrew Epstein

Italy’s Lacuna Coil has certainly stuck it out. Since their debut EP was released in 1998 the band has become known for their signature sound of dark, melodic hard rock and heavy metal. They garnered legions of fans and perhaps just as many imitators, some of whom achieved even larger commercial success.

Lacuna kept touring and releasing new albums, refining their sound into a sharp focussed point that kept the distinguishable elements that they had pioneered, while attracting the attention of mainstream press and radio. It’s a difficult balancing act. Despite maintaining their essential sound, much of their underground metal fan-base cried foul at their increased popularity, viewing their success as tantamount to selling-out their original credibility.

But the band continued on the path they had chosen, playing in front of every possible audience they could find, attracting new fans from all over the world. They’re currently promoting their latest album “Dark Adrenaline”, a more sombre affair than their last hit record, the ironically-titled “Shallow Life”. I had a chance to sit down with the always-lovely vocalist Cristina Scabbia before their most recent set in Toronto opening for the reformed Coal Chamber.

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7 thoughts on “Interview with Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia

  • April 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I have a dear friend called Roberto Frattini who lives in the north of Italy. He came to stay with me in England and introduced me to you – your band Lacuna Coil!! I absolutely love your work and I have looked and listened to your videos on YouTube. They are simply amazing in particular 'End Of Time'. I am a music fanatic – I have an eclectic taste of music. I am a Dj – Dj Oli Saul – I have 2 Pioneer CDJ 2000 decks, a CDJ 2000 Nexus deck and a Pioneer Djm 2000 Mixer. I can spin numerous decks. I love House music, Chicago House, Deep House, Underground House – I follow the likes of Pete Tong, Dj Sneak, John Digweed, Sasha, BT, Dave Seamen, Paul Oakenfold etc. I simply love the Electronic world of music and at the same time love the rawness of a band like yours. I play the Saxophone, Clarinet, Guitar and Piano – and have played for most of my life. My friend 'Roberto' said he once met you Christina whilst serving you in Italy! He was a waiter at the time. I am now simply a HUGE fan of you guys and Christina – you are simply amazing and your vocals are stunning! I would love to meet you guys 1 day if that's possible or collaborate musically somehow? I'm listening to your album 'Dark Adrenaline' as I type. I sincerely look forward to your future productions!! Seriously Cool Stuff!! Oli Saul

  • May 1, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I am a Christian however I'm interested in exploring the spirit world.

  • May 1, 2013 at 1:12 am

    vahnx – Exactly what it says on the tin my friend!

  • May 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Lacuna Coil – 'Trip The Darkness' What to do?


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