LACUNA COIL's Cristina Scabbia says new 'Black Anima' Album Is 'Deep, Intense And Melancholic'

Vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL recently spoke with "The Metal Teddy Bear Experience", a program on Montclair State University's student radio station WMSC 90.3. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the writing process for the band's forthcoming "Black Anima" studio album:

Cristina: "We realized that we wanted to go in a heavier direction, but you never know how your songs are going to be until you literally enter the studio. You can change things a thousand times, then you have the final master in your hands and you realize that you went through a long journey and you made so many changes throughout the songwriting. It's hard to explain how it came out. When you're writing music, it's basically putting yourself in your art. So your experiences, your feelings, and music is something you can't touch but it makes you emotional in a certain way or it doesn't at all. So we wanted to put out a record that could incorporate our personal experiences into the lyrics because we always like to talk about real things; we don't like to create stories. We like to talk about real stuff because, for us, it's the best way for us to give ourselves one hundred percent and it's easier for us to perform and sing our parts because we live them. We took a heavier direction and maybe a weirder direction because some of the songs are more mellow. They're still weird. I would say that sometimes, but I don't say it in a negative way, but they almost put you in an uncomfortable mood in the way that makes you think. They make you sit and they make you think. They don't get in one ear and get out from the other ear. They're, like, 'Wait a minute, there's something strange here. I don't understand what it is.' I like this feeling coming out from 'Black Anima'."

On whether "Black Anima" is a "darker" LACUNA COIL album than its predecessors:

Cristina: "I think it was a mix of things. It was a mix of personal experiences. Now that we've gotten a little older, we experienced a lot of sad things — the passing of dear people. Even during the recording, we lost some friends to bad accidents, very young people. All those things are subconsciously influencing your songwriting. Sometimes you feel more creative when you're feeling sad. That's where you take the time and think about who you are, where you're at, why you're living, what for, what's the meaning of life? When you're super-young, you don't think about this. You only think about going out and having a good time, but when you've been living for a few years, everything gets more intense; priorities are completely different. And you give more importance to every single day. I think this record, in a way, is very deep and intense and melancholic, but on the other side, there is huge positivity coming out. We also want to send a message that there's always a way out. You can be touching the bottom, you can be in a very deep depression, but there's always a way to get out of it."

"Black Anima" will be released on October 11 through Century Media Records.

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Since its release in August, Tool's Fear Inoculum has been an undisputed smash success. The 80-plus-minute record — the psychedelic prog band's first offering in 13 years — debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and, according to Billboard, had the biggest week for any rock LP in over 12 months. (It also made headlines for bumping Taylor Swift's Lover from the top spot in that record's second week.) The first pressing of the album's deluxe physical edition sold out almost immediately, compelling the band to produce a second, limited run of the collectible, which includes a speaker and mini video screen built into the packaging. That quickly sold out, as well, but never fear if you missed out: November 13th, Tool announced an entirely new collector's edition of Fear Inoculum, an "Expanded Book Edition," due for release on December 13th. You can pre-order your copy now — you know these will sell out fast.


Angel Olsen releases "All Mirrors" - new album out October 4th Via Jagjaguwar!

Angel Olsen releases "All Mirrors" - new album out October 4th Via Jagjaguwar!

Angel Olsen releases All Mirrors,
New Album Out October 4th Via Jagjaguwar

"In every way -- from the making of it, to the words, to how I feel moving forward, this record is about owning up to your darkest side, finding the capacity for new love and trusting change even when you feel like a stranger." -- Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen will release her fourth full-length album, All Mirrors, on October 4th via Jagjaguwar. Olsen's bold and unexpected All Mirrors comes over three years after the release of MY WOMAN, a top 10 critically praised album of 2016. In conjunction with today's announcement, Olsen unveils the title track and its video, directed by Ashley Connor and conceived by Olsen.

On her vulnerable new album, All Mirrors, Olsen takes an introspective deep dive towards internal destinations and revelations. In the process of making this album, she found a new sound and voice, a blast of fury mixed with hard won self-acceptance. All Mirrors gets its claws into you on both micro and macro levels. Of course, there's that singular vibrato, always so very close -- seemingly simple, cooed phrases expand into massive ideas about the inability to love and universal loneliness. And then suddenly -- huge string arrangements and bellowing synth swells emerge, propelling the apocalyptic tenor.

In creating All Mirrors, Olsen initially planned to work on a dual record release -- a set of raw and real solo songs and a full band version of the same songs -- both to be released at once. She recorded the solo version with producer Michael Harris in Anacortes, Washington. There, she was determined to keep it bare bones in order to contrast with the not yet recorded full band record. Soon after that was completed, she began work on the more ambitious, fleshed out version with producer John Congleton, with whom she collaborated on 2014's breakout Burn Your Fire for No Witness, arranger Jherek Bischoff, multi-instrumentalist/ arranger/pre-producer Ben Babbitt, and a 14-piece orchestra.

While remaking the album with full production and new collaborators, Olsen developed a new relationship with control, and as she got further into the process, she realized she "needed to separate these two records and release All Mirrors in its heaviest form. . . It was impossible for me to deny how powerful and surprising the songs had become. The truth is that I may have never allowed this much sonic change in the first place had I not already made an account of the same songs in their purest form."

Over heavy synth and oscillating percussion, lead single "All Mirrors" navigates between the perception of what one wants to see and reality. "I chose this one as the title because I liked the theme: the theme of how we are all mirrors to and for each other," says Olsen. "Even if that is not all of it, there is always an element of projection in what we'd like to see in people and scenarios and in the way we see ourselves in those scenarios, with those people."

The Jagjaguwar limited and exclusive All Mirrors bundle includes the album on opaque aquamarine vinyl and the All Mirrors 7" on silver with black splatter vinyl. The 7" includes two versions of the album's title track: "All Mirrors" album version and "We Are All Mirrors" solo version.

As previously announced, the All Mirrors tour kicks off on October 28th. A full European leg has been added. All dates are below.

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