Alchemy’s old friends, the Italian Gothic Metal legends Lacuna Coil have been revealing a little more about their much-anticipated, forthcoming album. Entitled Broken Crown Halo, it’s scheduled for an April release, and a concept album. In conversation with TeamRock Radio, they explained that the record was heavily influenced by the classic, vintage horror films being made in their homeland decades back. Particularly gory cult 70s masterpieces such as Deep Red and Suspiria, directed by Italy’s maestro of the macabre, Dario Argento.
‘We kind of grew up with it because they were always playing them on TV and this is the type of scenarios that always attracted us – especially as a band – we’ve always been attracted and inspired by the darker side of music and movies’, explained the band’s glamorous singer Cristina Scabbia. ‘We approached the lyrics by getting some metaphors from horror movies,’ added fellow vocalist Andrea Ferro, ‘especially the early-70s-80s horror movies by Italian masters like Dario Argento, or Bava, or any of the other directors who use bands like Goblin or composers who use these 70s-80s keyboards.’ Goblin’s soundtracks – haunting, eerily experimental prog rock – have become almost as legendary as the films themselves, and the band has recently reformed to play them live in heavier arrangements.
Meanwhile, Lacuna Coil are confident that their new album will live up to Italy’s rich horror tradition: ‘Broken Crown Halo is a cinematic album that could be the soundtrack of our days – it is a dark vision of a near future when survival is second nature, and failure is not something to be avoided, but rather cultivated with lessons learned along the way… We locked ourselves in an age-old studio in Milan, Italy, where history was strong and the past met with our future, vintage gear and the influence of classic Italian horror movies and bands like Goblin meeting the fresh and rough sounds of the modern world with unique and invigorating results. Broken Crown Halo is Lacuna Coil introducing a new order, and letting nothing stand in our way.’