We love the songs from Comalies from the bottom of our heart, but honestly, we’re a little tired of them.” says Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia with a bubbly laugh. Released in 2002, the album – already a huge hit in Europe – has only just begun to impact charts in America, after the band’s atmospheric anthem “Heaven’s a Lie” started receiving heavy airplay. Now, with American dates on the P.O.D and Ozzfest tours dominating it’s summer itinerary, the Italian goth-metal band (whose linup also includes vocalist Andrea Ferro, guitarists Cristiano Migliore and Marco Biazzi, bassist Marco Coti Zelati, and drummer Cristiano Moazzati) has had to postpone recording the follow-up to Comalies until later this year. “We have had a lot of good idea already, but we prefer to wait, because we want to make the best album we can, and it makes no nsense to do everything really quickly,” Scabbia explains. “It is weird for us to see people really excited about an album that is pretty old now. But it’s a good sign, because that means our songs still sound fresh.”
|Which part of Ozzfest are you most looking forward to?
CRISTINA SCABBIA Everything will be fun. I came over to the U.S. for the press conference, and I met a lot of the artists and they seemed to be really kind. I really believe we’ll have a lot of fun. It’s definitely more metal than ever, and we are really proud to be the first Italian band to play Ozzfest.We took a photo at the Ozzfest press conference at Zakk Wylde carrying you around like he’s Tarzan…
I can’t wait to see it! [laughs] All my girlfriends are just dying for that – they all said, “Oh, you lucky bastard!”Did you worry that Zakk might drop you?
No, no. It was weird, because I did not know him, but we spoke before we took the picture, and he was a really nice person. I was worried for my weight. I told him, “Be careful – you don’t want a hernia!” [laughs] But he’s a strong man.You don’t strike me as someone who should be worried about their weight – though I’ve heard a rumor that you’re a big Taco Bell fan.
[Laughs] It’s absolutely true! Sounds weird from an Italian girl, huh? The point is that we don’t have it in Italy. I mean, we have McDonald’s, we have Burger King, but we don’t usually go to eat there, because of course we eat at home and we all are able to cook very well. But in America, it’s cool just to eat something different, and if I compare Taco Bell and McDonald’s and the other places, Taco Bell is my favorite. I always take the chicken or steak quesadilla [laughs]. I will be crucified for this, you know? All the Italians in America, they will be puking after this quote! The point is that I love to eat – it doesn’t really matter what!
Do you guys cook a lot when you’re on tour?
Who are your big vocal influences?
In you songs, you’re constantly trading off vocal parts with Andrea, whose a man. Does the division of labor come naturally, or does it take awhile to figure out who’s going to sing what?
In the US press, at least, Lacuna Coil have been consistently compared to Evanescence, even though you’re been around a lot longer. Is that frustrating?
Those are some pretty interesting sandals you’re wearing.
So where did you get them?