LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia recently spoke to Decibel magazine about "Karmacode", the group's long-awaited follow-up to their 2002 breakthrough album "Comalies".
"The album is a trip through different spiritualities, not specific religions," Cristina said. "We wanted to analyze how religion and spirituality can in our day coexist. Look at the title — we mix something generally spiritual like 'karma' with 'code,' which is modern and recent concept. The word is modern and spiritual at once."
"The music is the same and we did not change or become a different kind of band. It's an evolution, and it's precise. We spent three years on the road, visiting new territories, like the U.S., so we took different American influences and we mixed them with our European sound. We take the power of American bands and blend it with the romanticism and passion from Europe, so it's an interesting combination."
Scabbia insists that LACUNA COIL are in the most positive headspace of their career and that the recording was relatively relaxed.
"I think that the wrong thing for a band to do is to feel pressure from the label or even the fans," she said. "You have to be creative and do what you feel comfortable with. There is no set recipe for a successful album, so you don't stress about it. If you think you have to do this or that, it will never work. You have to be honest and put out the music you like. At the end of the day, we don't care. We're satisfied."
LACUNA COIL recently presented six songs from "Karmacode" to members of the world music press at the Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium. The band worked in the studio with Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper, whose previous credits include PORCUPINE TREE's "Deadwing".
The highly anticipated CD was co-produced once again by Waldemar Sorychta and was mixed by Ronald Prent (RAMMSTEIN, H.I.M., IRON MAIDEN). Songtitles set to appear on the album include "What I See", "Fragile", "In Visible Light", "Fragments of Faith", "Within Me" and "Our Truth".
"Karmacode" is tentatively scheduled for release in March 2006 via Century Media Records.