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‘India excites us’

Say award-winning metalheads Lacuna Coil, who give the city a miss to play in Bangalore.

music Updated: Oct 22, 2010 13:24 IST
Sharin Bhatti

Progressive metal is not quite what you would call a popular genre. In fact, gothic metal and death metal will enthrall only those who are “truly devoted to metal. It never makes for easy listening but it is still the most expressive form of music. It is a lifestyle and we believe in it,” validates Christina Scabbia, the female vocalist of Italy’s gothic, progressive metal outfit Lacuna Coil.

The mutli-platinum selling band includes Andreas Ferro, Cristian Migliore, Marco Biazzi and Marco Coti Zelati and Cristiano Mozzati. Lacuna Coil will play at the Kingfisher Premium The Great Indian October Fest in Bangalore.

On their first trip to India, the six-member metal band chose only to play at Bangalore. With Lacuna Coil putting another nail in the coffin, after Lamb of God earlier this year and The Prodigy that will be flying to India in January next year - this is the third big act to have given Mumbai a miss.

Yet, Scabbia is looking forward to performing in the country. “It is a whole new experience. We have heard a lot about the traditional music, the food and the spiritual nature of India. Whatever we know about the country is from television and people who have visited India,” says Scabbia.

Lacuna Coil’s albums Karmacode and Comalie sold platinum in India and tracks like Heaven’s a lie, Spellbound and One truth have become popular campus band set lists. Scabbia says the fact that they even had an audience came as a huge surprise to the band.

“To be honest, we were really shocked to know people here have an idea of gothic metal, let alone have heard of us. But we met some of the talent here and are hopeful of coming back here for a country-wide tour after we finish work on our forthcoming album,” says Scabbia.

What sets Lacuna Coil apart from most metal bands are their midtempo compositions, the contrasting dual female/male vocal harmonies and, of course, strong guitar lines. And while it isn’t uncommon for metal bands to be fronted by females, it is nevertheless still considered out of the ordinary, feels Scabbia.

“There was a lot of pressure initially as there were very few female front bands. When we’ve played festivals and tours, in our earlier days, other bands used to smirk at us. But metal is not about growling! That’s what people don’t understand. It may be heavy, but it can also be melodic,” says Scabbia.

After five albums, Lacuna Coil is working on their next album. “We just finished our tour of the UK four days ago and after Bangalore, we will head back to Milan to record the new album. We are still working on new songs,” says Scabbia.

Catch Lacuna Coil live as the headlining act at the Great Indian Octoberfest on October 24 at Palace Grounds, Bangalore. Entry Rs 400.