Posts Tagged ‘Lacuna Coil’

81ZLmPVUVXL._SL1500_When you think of metal and the country of Italy, there are only two bands that immediately come to mind with one being Fleshgod Apocalypse and the other being Venice’s own gothic metal act Lacuna Coil. The band which was made up of Cristina Scabbia (Vocals), Andrea Ferro (Vocals), Marco “Maus” Biazzi (Lead Guitar), Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (Rhythm Guitar), Marco Coti Zelati (Bass/Keyboards), and Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati (Drums) first appeared on the scene in 1999, but it was until their third album Comalies was released that I began to take notice and pay attention. It was released on October 29, 2002 via Century Media and Cristina talked about the album saying, “[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 album would peak at number 178 on the Billboard Top 200 charts as well as peaking at number nine on the Top Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts too as the album has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the US. Rock Hard Magazine ranked the album #415 in their The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book and Metal Hammer ranked it 59th on their greatest album of the 21st century chart as well.

114595227_838803151. Swamped– I love the effect in the beginning of the track, but what I really love is the heavy guitars mixed with the orchestral string backing track. The second and final single released from the album features both Andrea and Cristina sharing vocals in this track about having so much potential that you are swamped trying to get their. 5/5

2. Heaven’s A Lie– The first track I ever heard from the band and this is still my all time favorite track from them about how the perfect life or anything is a lie. It’s about what happens when people try to force their opinions on you, it doesn’t mean that they are right. 5/5

3. Daylight Dancer-a cool track that is all about someone who is always trying to mask what the answer to their problems are even though they know the truth. 4.5/5

4. Humane-a very cool intro with the keys before the band kicks in to take over in this track that is all about following your heart and what it tells you. 4.5/5

5. Self Deception– A kick ass track about a man who takes the fall for another when he really didn’t commit the crime. 4.5/5

6. Aeon-A short track that is less than two minutes that is all about someone that they acre about that every time they hold them they steal their love complete with acoustic/clean channel guitars. 4/5

119028662-37. Tight Rope-a track that I think they are talking about someone that they care about, but the problem is that they are always walking on a tight rope when they are near them. 5/5

8. The Ghost Woman and the Hunter-a very excellent track on the album that I believe is all about a relationship they has ended, but one fears that the other has forgotten all about them. 5/5

9. Unspoken-A little more energy in this track that is all about being away from that person who may not be physically abusive, but they are mentally abusive. 4.5/5

10. Entwined– a track that once again visits that feeling of being trapped in a relationship that is not going anywhere. 4/5

11. The Prophet Said– I saw an interesting take on this track where the song could be bout how one partner tells the other one that she couldn’t get anyone ans she believes it and in turn tries to always make him feel better. 4/5

12. Angel’s Punishment-The song is all about war and how it is usually created through lies. 4/5

13. Comalies– The last song on the album, the title track, and I believe Cristina and her interpretation of the album title. Sometimes, we are just living with a lie and we can’t get out of it like we are in a coma. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An amazing album from beginning to end, I remember seeing the band tour on this album at Ozzfest and just being amazed how well the songs translated live. If you’re looking to get into them, this is definitely a good starting point. Then travel backwards to see the progression to here and then how they grew musically to right now. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

pedal to the metal 6 posterI have been doing the Alumni Takeover Weekend at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM for the last five years and every year I generally played the same material as I did when I was a full time DJ at the station back in 2012 with Pedal To The Metal Radio. This year I wanted to do something a little different than usual and it was I wanted to showcase my love for music that is a little more extreme than what rock radio stations are playing. So that is exactly what I decided to do with my sixth appearance at the station when I hit the airwaves last night at 9PM to close out night one of two after following the longest running radio show in non commercial college radio history in The Basement. Right now, I want to thank the Alumni Association for putting together the Alumni Takeover event because the man behind the scenes in Peter Q does an absolute terrific job putting this together. Without him and the help of other alums, this wouldn’t be possible. I also want to thank all of the current DJ’s who were so courteous to give up their shifts for one weekend so that all of us could relive our glory days for one night. I also want to thank fellow Metalhead Matt Rau who usually has his radio show on Fridays from 7PM ET to 10PM ET for giving up his spot so that I could do my show. I appreciate it a lot and thank you. It was a fun show to do even though I had a little bit of a hiccup with the wrong song playing at the wrong time a couple of times, but other than that I thought it went pretty well. Also I want to add that below you will see Radio Premiere next to a track by the band Sodom and that is because I think I’m the only DJ in America to play that on the radio. It definitely got the blood going and the idea of wanting to get back into the game, but that is a discussion for another day. I definitely look forward to this every year and I ope that it continues happening for another 100 years and beyond. Check out the playlist and some of the artwork below:

PLAYLIST for 10/18/2019

1. Delusions of Saviour/Repentless by Slayer

2. No More Room In Hell by Possessed

3. Night Of The Shears by Axeslasher

4. The Eagle Flies Alone by Arch Enemy 

5. Layers Of Time by Lacuna Coil

6. Needled 24/7 by Children Of Bodom

7. Down On Your Knees by Sodom (Radio Premiere)

8. Head Of A Pin by Overkill

9. Rats by Ghost

10. Blood Eagle Wings by Anthrax

11. The Pale King by Testament

12. Twilight Of The Thunder Gods by Amon Amarth

13. In Waves by Trivium

14. Count The Dead by Abbath

15. Third Depth by Whitechapel

16. March Of The Norse by Demonaz

17. Iron Man (Live Vocal Medley) by Black Sabbath featuring Tony Martin, Dio, & Ozzy Osbourne

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decompose vinyl“The track ‘Decompose‘ is one of the first songs that was written for the new album, and one of the songs I was most excited about. Our drummer Kyle came up with the music, and once the band all got together, it took on a new life. With the addition of the eerie keyboard/piano pieces added in by Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, HELLYEAH), this is another classic Wednesday 13 graveyard sing along” is what Wednesday 13 said about the new single which is off of their upcoming release Necrophaze which will hit the shelves on September 27TH via Nuclear Blast Records. The track and album was produced by Mike Spreitzer who you may remember from Devildriver while the album features guest appearances from the likes of Alice Cooper, Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), and Jeff Clayton (ANTiSEEN). As far as the album is concerned, Wednesday said, “To say we are excited about this release would be an understatement. We have re-built and Frakensteined an all new Wednesday 13. This is the next chapter, the next experience, the next phase into our world…Enter the Necrophaze. This is the most elaborate, horror themed album I’ve ever released under the name Wednesday 13.

wedneday13necrophazecover1Channeling the atmosphere of early 80s horror films, tv shows, cartoons and movie soundtracks the ‘Necrophaze‘ was complete. To add a little more Blood to the party, we had the complete honor of having the Godfather of shock rock, the legendary Alice Cooper. Alice is a guest doing the introduction to the album and the title track ‘Necrophaze‘. We wanted to give the listener the ultimate listening experience as if our band was the soundtrack to a horror film. The artwork for the CD and vinyl is a visual guide to the songs, and the live show will be the living breathing horror movie version. There will be a Wednesday 13 action figure, music Videos, movie soundtrack trailers, commercials and more all on the way with the release of ‘Necrophaze‘. The artwork and packaging is a tribute to the classic art and packaging from my favorite time of the 1980s. So welcome to Party…but bring your own blood.” I don’t think that Wednesday 13 ever lost his thunder at all, but the track is absolutely bad ass. It definitely is a new chapter for the band and for him as well. Check out the track below and be sure to check out some of the presale options here.

Track Listing for Necrophaze

1. Necrophaze (Featuring Alice Cooper)
2. Bring Your Own Blood
3. ZODIAC
4. Monster (Featuring Cristina Scabbia)
5. Decompose 6. Be Warned (Featuring Jeff Clayton)
7. The Hearse
8. Tie Me a Noose
9. Life Will Kill Us All
10. Bury The Hatchet
11. Necrophaze Main Theme (End-Credits)
12. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) (Featuring Alexi Laiho

depeche-vs-lacunaLast week, we unveiled a new segment here on Moshpits and Movies titled Original Vs The Cover where we take a cover and pin it against the original track. This replaced our Cover Of The Week segment that we did and we started this whole thing out with Dead Or Alive taking on Dope with the song You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) at the center of it all. As promised, I have the results from last week and you all picked Dead Or Alive’s version as the best one. Now we move on to this week’s challenge and we have English Synthpop legends Depeche Mode’s version of Enjoy The Silence taking on Lacuna Coil’s 2006 cover of the track. Let’s check out the versions:

Depeche Mode– Depeche Mode were a British Synthpop group that by 1990 were already veterans with six albums already under their belts. In 1990, Depeche Mode would release their hit seventh album Violator to the world and it was an album that featured amazing tracks like Policy Of Truth, Personal Jesus, World In My Eyes, and our featured track for today. The track was a hit with fans as it rose to number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks as well as going number one in Spain and Denmark with various top five spots around the world too. Depeche Mode’s version of this track is legendary soaked in it’s synth driven dance beats with David Gahan’s amazing vocals on top of it to give it that goth dance flavor.

Lacuna Coil– An Italian Gothic Metal band that was already seasoned veterans with three albums under their belt when they released their fourth album Karmacode. Karmacode featured tracks like Our Truth, Closer, Within Me, and the band’s cover of the track Enjoy The Silence as it peaked at number 28 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. If there was ever a way to make the song more Gothic, it was definitely by making a metal version of it which is what Lacuna Coil did adding the distortion and a Bass player to the track. I loved that Cristina Scabbia took command of the vocals on the track while Andrea Ferro handled the background vocals. I also enjoyed the crunch they gave the song with the dual guitars and the drums.

Once again, it is up to you guys to decide whose version of Enjoy The Silence do you enjoy listening to. You have until the next post to decide, so choose wisely and vote!!!

We have decided to give you guys a second music video of the week this week because this was another video we just couldn’t pass up. Italian Goth giants Lacuna Coil released what has been hailed as the heaviest record of their careers in their eight studio album Delirium. To help celebrate that fact the band has unleashed a video that is worthy of being attached to the title track itself. I am a huge fan of horror films and this video has that vibe as it takes place in what seems to be in a very scary looking mental institutions which are are scary enough as it is. Cristina Scabbia talks about the video saying, “We filmed our parts for this video in one evening while we were on the U.S. tour this past May. We used a Go-Pro against a black backdrop and we wanted something that would be purposely rough, something that could remind some weird lost videos found after years and years. The whole video edited together with the parts filmed by the director with an actress turned out as a very strange sort of a trip, where a girl tries to tight up memories and details together to try to find her sanity back, somehow. I really like some of the scenes as they reminded me some kind of Korean horror movies vibe and it is totally fitting the Delirium vibe and concept. It also leaves a lot to the imagination, so thanks for checking it out and enjoy.” Check it out below:

 

stitched up heartWe have decided to give you guys a second music video of the week because we were feeling generous. You guys are probably wondering who Stitched Up Heart is or you may already know the phenomenon. Stitched Up Heart are a bad ass new band with a bad ass female fronted singer named Mixi who hits you with her innocent, but mesmerizing vocals before she hits you with some furiously deranged vocals. The band is getting ready to release their debut record Never Alone which comes out June 17TH via Century Records. To get all of you pumped up for that new album, the band has unleashed a music video for their track Monster. Mixi talks about the track saying, “The track, ‘Monster,’ was the very first song we wrote for the new record with Another Century. The night before we went in the studio I was getting tattooed by my artist ‘Mr. Monster’ and he asked me to write a song for him. That’s where the idea started. The next day the producers, Merritt (our lead guitarist) and I met up to start the writing process. The studio was dark with spell books, herbs, spices and other various weird ritual stuff. There was an odd feeling that overcame me, almost like a beast was ready to be set free. I’m not sure if it had anything to do with the environment, our determination to kill this record or the mass amounts of Monster energy drinks I had that day, but something came over me and was unleashed into the recording.”

She also talked about the video saying, “The location had a lot of history as well. I remember in between takes at one point I really felt possessed or something. There was a scene shot in a chamber I was looking around the room with a feeling like I had been in there forever and would never get out. Maybe it’s just something about the song lyrics about releasing this beast inside of me, or maybe I really am a monster.” The video is mostly a performance based video, but it gives you an idea of what the band can do and the intensity they bring to the table. Check out the video below and if you want to pre-order the album you can do so from here. The band is also on tour soon as they’ll replace the Butcher Babies on the Lacuna Coil tour.

I bask at the chance to look back in the past to a time when music videos were relevant on television and the chance to play a classic song for Throwback Thursday. So, you are probably wondering why in the hell did I choose Depeche Mode for my Throwback Thursday Music Video of The Week? It’s quite simple besides the fact that they write really amazing music, they are well respected by musicians all across the sphere. Dope covered People Are People, Lacuna Coil covered Enjoy The Silence, and I watched Chino Moreno and The Dillinger Escape Plan covered Behind The Wheel at The 2013 Revolver Golden God Awards show. That is why I chose Policy Of Truth which also happens to be one of my favorite songs from the band. The video is a little dark in nature, but it’s mostly them driving through what I believe is New York and then various images playing on a green screen with various band members in front of it. The song is a personal favorite of mine and definitely one to check out.