Back in 2002, Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL released an album which is now undeniably an anthem-laden millennial classic that established them as a band with the stamina to go the distance. Now, 20 years later, the current lineup of LACUNA COIL decided to revisit the songs, but not to just re-record them as they were but deconstruct and transport them into 2022.
“This is not a reboot or a spin-off or anything like that,” says LACUNA COIL vocalist Cristina Scabbia. “We just wanted to give these songs a 2022 dress and see how this guy or girl who was born 20 years ago would still look fucking slick in 2022.”
Due on October 14, “Comalies XX” features the following track listing:
01. Swamped XX
02. Heaven’s A Lie XX
03. Daylight Dancer XX
04. Humane XX
05. Self Deception XX
06. Aeon XX
07. Tight Rope XX
08. The Ghost Woman And The Hunter XX
09. Unspoken XX
10. Entwined XX
11. The Prophet Said XX
12. Angel’s Punishment XX
13. Comalies XX
02. Heaven’s A Lie
03. Daylight Dancer
05. Self Deception
07. Tight Rope
08. The Ghost Woman And The Hunter
11. The Prophet Said
12. Angel’s Punishment
As previously reported, LACUNA COIL will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Comalies”, by performing it in its entirety at a one-night-only concert on Saturday, October 15 at Fabrique in Milano.
LACUNA COIL‘s third album, “Comalies” was released on October 29, 2002 through Century Media Records. The LP, which featured the band’s breakthrough single “Heaven’s A Lie”, has reportedly gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the United States alone.
Regarding the “Comalies” title, LACUNA COIL lead singer Cristina Scabbia said: “[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.”
The “Comalies” song “Swamped” is available as a downloadable track for the music video game series “Rock Band” and also appeared in the 2004 video game “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines”.
LACUNA COIL played its first show in front of an audience in more than two years on April 7 as the support act for APOCALYPTICA at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia.
Prior to the Atlanta concert, the last time LACUNA COIL played together was at the group’s special September 2020 livestream event where the bandmembers performed their latest album, “Black Anima”, in its entirety with no audience in attendance at the Alcatraz Club in Milan, Italy. That show was released as a live album, “Live From The Apocalypse”, via Century Media.
LACUNA COIL hadn’t played in front of a crowd since the completion of the band’s South American tour in February 2020.
Last June, Scabbia told Revolver that she and her bandmates didn’t use the coronavirus downtime to work on new music. “We didn’t want to force the fact that because we were home, we had to write music,” she explained. “We always thought that to write music, you need to be inspired. And inspiration comes from the outside, comes from experiences that you have, things that you live. At least this is valid for us.
“Everything we do in a regular life, in a normal life enriches us and gives us input that we can put in our music,” she said. “And also we like to write together. So, if Marco [Coti Zelati, bass] creates the basis of the music together with the other musicians in the band, then Andrea [Ferro, vocals] and I jump in with the lyrics and vocal lines. But we do that together. We need to enter in songwriting mode. So we didn’t really like the fact that we had to write separately just because we have to put a record [together] because it’s quarantine. Now we are starting to collect ideas ’cause we feel a little bit happier.”
Scabbia continued: “We didn’t want anything connected to the negativity of the pandemic… That’s why I used my time to do something completely different. Because I know that what I did that it’s completely different from what I usually do will make me start again to do what I did before with passion — with the same passion. I was just afraid that if I would have used all the downtime making music when I didn’t really want to, it would have had a negative influence on me. And it would have been, like, ‘I really don’t want to do that.’ And I also wanted to prove to myself that, yeah, music is main passion. I love what I do for a living, and I hope that I can do it until the day I die. But I also wanted to show myself that I can be capable of doing something else as well.”
In February 2021, LACUNA COIL took part in an initiative dubbed “L’Ultimo Concerto?” (Last Concert) to highlight the increasingly uncertain future of music venues. Instead of delivering live performances as part of a scheduled free virtual stream, each of around 130 Italian artists was filmed taking the stage at a different venue and then standing there in silence as a way of commemorating the one-year mark since the first Italian venues closed.