Lacuna Coil: We want Delirium to feel like being in an asylum

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Lacuna Coil say they were inspired by an abandoned mental asylum they once visited when writing Delirium.

Singer Cristina Scabbia says they wanted to conjure a “disturbing, cold and weird” atmosphere throughout the record. Co-singer Andrea Ferro adds that each song is based around a different room in a sanitarium – each housing a patient suffering from a different kind of mental illness.

Ferro tells Mosh Planet: “Once we found the word, we thought about connecting the concept of the record, the concept of the mental illness with the smaller topic of everyday craziness – the craziness you experience personally every day in real life.

“Some of us went through some depression, some other people had some family problem that forced them to experience a different moment in their life.

“And so we played with the symptoms and we did a bit of research about the characteristics of each mental illness and then dragged it into this concept – a Lacuna Coil sanitarium. Every song is like a room of the sanitarium where a patient is facing a different kind of illness.”

He continues: “So, for example, in the song You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You, we took inspiration from the Stockholm Syndrome, which is when you fall in love with a person that is keeping you prisoner. But, of course, we’ve never been kept prisoners, so the real story is about a love story – a relationship where you are imprisoned.

“Even if you know it’s very toxic for you, you can’t get out of it, because you think it’s the right thing. So you try everything possible to save it, to make it work, although you know it’s not gonna happen.”

The band made the album’s title track available to stream last month.

Delirium is released on May 27. Lacuna Coil will kick off tour in the US this month.

Lacuna Coil Delirium tracklist

  1. Delirium
  2. Blood, Tears, Dust
  3. Downfall
  4. Take Me Home
  5. You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You
  6. Ghost in the Mist
  7. My Demons
  8. Claustrophobia
  9. Ultima Ratio

Lacuna Coil tour dates 2016

May 07: San Francisco Social Hall, CA
May 08: Los Angeles The Roxy, CA
May 09: Phoenix The Marquee, AZ
May 10: El Paso Tricky Falls, TX
May 12: Dallas Trees, TX
May 14: Cherokee Event Center, NC
May 15: Richmond National, VA
May 17: Davenport Adler Theater, IA
May 18: Madison WI Majestic Theatre, WI
May 20: Traverse City Ground Zero, MI
May 21: Flint The Machine Shop, MI
May 25: Brooklyn Saint Vitus, NY
May 26: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, CT
May 02: Pudong Sanjia Port Suzhou MIDI E-Festival, CN
Jun 24: Parabiago Rugby Sound Festival, Italy
Jul 01: Piazzola Sul Brenta Postpay Sound, Italy
Jul 09: Les Remparts De Longwy Rock’n’Roll Train Festival, France
Jul 22: Vinci Festa Dell’Unicorno, Italy
Aug 13: Graz Metal On The Hill Festival, Austria

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