Last year was quite a year for members of Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. Two band members decided to retire and two other members decided to capture the experience in song lyrics.
The result is “Broken Crown Halo” to be released on April 1. The new album is darker than past Lacuna Coil albums, but vocalist Cristina Scabbia explained there is a silver lining in the music.
“It’s probably darker because of last year because some of the members went through pretty horrid problems within their family, health issues, heavy breakups and stuff that happens to everybody that changes your perspective on life,” Scabbia said. “Everything that happens goes into our art so that is why it’s sounding darker and more obscure.”
Scabbia added that within the lyrics there is hope.
“We also like to send a positive message,” she said. “No matter what you’re going through there is no problem (you cannot get through). Be strong and fierce no matter what.”
Scabbia and co-vocalist Andrea Ferro have a lot to write about. Last month, the band announced the retirement of guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore and drummer Cristiano “CriZ” Mozzati.
“It’s been a super-friendly split,” Scabbia explained. “There’s no beef between the members. They didn’t leave because they don’t like us or the music or that they didn’t want to be in the band, they just had a big change in life and wanted to do something different with their lifestyle.”
There is more to the lyric-writing process for Scabbia and Ferro than just capturing feelings and experiences in words. Scabbia’s powerful and extraordinary vocal range is complemented by Ferro’s melodic and smooth vocals that keep up strong, heavy guitar riffs.
“We write vocal melodies,” Scabbia explained. “We like to say we use our ‘voice instrument’ and add to the composition. Every word is musical. We have a sound where it is really important that we are matched perfectly and that everything sounds perfectly. Every word is important. Every word has to sound good. We write the lyrics as a concept for the sound.”