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Italian Headbangers Bridging Euro-American Gap

Of the Oakland Press

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The Italian heavy metal band Lacuna Coil took four years between its most recent releases — 2002’s “Comalies” and this year’s “Karmacode.” But singer Cristina Scabbia promises the time was well spent.

“We’ve been touring so much, so of course we accumulated a lot of experience,” says Scabbia, 34, who along with the rest of the sextet celebrated Italy’s World Cup soccer championship while on the road this summer with OZZFest.

“We listened to a lot of different stuff, saw a lot of movies and listened to different soundtracks. We put together the influences we got from all that stuff and we created this album.”

Scabbia calls “Karmacode,” which features a cover of the Depeche Mode hit “Enjoy the Silence, “the missing link between Europe and America” — a mixture, she explains, of ethereal ambience and metallic muscle that takes that combination to a whole other place than another femalefronted headbanger’s favorite, Evanescence.

“You can feel the European vibe,” she says, “but at the same time the sound is much more powerful, and that is defi nitely coming from America, where the production of records is bigger and massive compared to Europe.

“So I think we sound a lot more powerful than in the past, but there’s still a lot of European things like the songwriting itself, the melodies — Arabian melodies — the instruments we use. A lot of those are typical from European, which is good to have in there since we are from Europe after all.”

Lacuna Coil, In Flames and Seemless perform Friday (December 15th) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www. harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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