LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia spoke to Metal Wani about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2016's "Delirium" album. "We are starting to work on a new record, even though, I have to say, there are no songs ready at all," she said (hear audio below). "Because our head right now is in tour mode, and to work on the book and the DVD, it required so much time that we honestly didn't focus properly on the songwriting. So as soon as we'll be back home after the Euro tour that we are approaching, we will focus on the songwriting, and then the thing will be real. But so far, we didn't really have a lot of time and, most of all, the right mindset to compose new music. And we want to do it in a very serious way and in a way that we know that we can produce good stuff. But soon. We're planning a new record for next year. Hopefully we'll make it."
Scabbia also said that she isn't worried about LACUNA COIL's ability to survive while digital music sales continue to fall as the music business inches closer to an access-over-ownership model. "I'm not concerned, because I think it's an evolution," she explained. "I think it will be constantly transforming, but I don't see it disappearing. Because when I think about the last 20 years, for example, we started with cassettes —we started with a promo cassette that, of course, is not existing anymore. And I remember when CDs came out, everybody was, like, 'Oh, that will never work. Oh my God! Oh my God! How are we gonna do without cassettes?' Then CDs took over. Then, when the CD wasn't working anymore that well and everybody was talking about streaming, everybody was shaming streaming and MP3s, because, 'Oh my God! What's gonna happen?'"
She continued: "Things are changing. We just have to hold hands with the future, because it's happening — it doesn't really matter. Music will be present, because people need music — people need to listen to music — so it will not be something that will die. Maybe it will only change the way it's presented, the way it's broadcasted, the way it's produced. But I don't see music going anywhere."
LACUNA COIL will release its first-ever book, titled "Nothing Stands In Our Way", on November 28 via Rocket 88. The book contains rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and personal artefacts from the collections of founding members Scabbia, Andrea Ferro and Marco Coti Zelati. Among the wealth of photographs in the book are baby pics, 1990s skater poses, pre-LACUNA COIL performance shots, and tons of backstage scenes from the past two decades.
A new LACUNA COIL live CD/DVD set, "The 119 Show - Live In London", will arrive on November 9 through Century Media. The set consists of a January 19, 2018 performance at the 02 Forum Kentish Town in London, England.