Lacuna Coil is an Italian heavy metal band that have been creating goth music since 1999. They have produced nine studio albums to date and have consistently been thriving figures in the European heavy metal scene.
In the runup to their latest album, Black Anima, frontwoman Cristiana Scabbia has explained exactly what it is she wants to give fans. She emphasizes that the Lacuna Coil experience offers something deeper than “little fixes of entertainment.”
“Well we’re trying to do things in a quite old-fashioned way,” Scabbia told NME. “We’re trying to write records, not songs. On the new record, there’s an intro and an outro, and you should try to enjoy the record in its entirety. We’re trying to get an hour from people to lay down on their bed, close their eyes and come on a journey with us. That’s the goal.”
She went onto explain why she chose to include the visual element of tarot cards with the record.
“We like to try to add a visual element to our records too,” she explained. “This time we’ve made tarot cards with the record, which I think suits it because it’s a very – how do you say? – esoteric record, in a spiritual way. There’s a card for each song, designed by the artist Micah Ulrich. I don’t really believe that tarot can tell the future, but I do think they’re a good visual to show where you’re at in your life.”
Black Anima is available for streaming now.