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LACUNA COIL's CRISTINA SCABBIA Discusses What She Doesn't Like About Metal Being Male-Dominated

"Do I feel that things changed? Absolutely, yes."

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In an interview with Sobre La Dosis, Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia discussed how she feels women have made progress in metal over the past few decades. Scabbia said women certainly have a larger presence in the genre these days, but points out that being judged by looks is a bigger problem (and means something different overall) for women than men.

"Do I feel that things changed? Absolutely, yes," said Scabbia. "When I started, there were not so many bands with a female in the lineup. Metal was still a no-no for females, because it was a very male-dominated scene. Which it still is, but of course there are many more bands with a female in the lineup, which makes me happy even though we are still seen differently. I don't think that it will ever happen that we are going to be seen equally, and partially it is okay like this because we're different. I think that we are sort of a different world.

"What I don't like about being a female in a male-dominated world is the fact that very often we are judged by our looks, which I get it; many guys get the same. But for women, it's kind of like… Let's say for the guys, if they have the look, it's a plus. For women, if they have the look, it's a plus in terms of media attention; it's a plus in terms of — I don't know — people drooling with you; but it doesn't necessarily add up to the potential you already have.

"And that is a shame, because people should not be judged by their looks. I understand that the look is first thing that you see, but it will cool if it will be possible to go beyond that, especially in music, where the instrument you play, the voice you're pushing out of your body and the feelings you're trying to convey with your music are the most important things."

As for when to expect a new Lacuna Coil record outside the band's recent re-imagining of Comalies, Scabbia said in a recent interview with MetalSucks the band is slowly working on it.

"We actually wrote a few songs. We have, like five [or] six songs that we're working on, but it was not time yet to release a full record. Also because we really base our inspiration on life, on experiences, and, to be honest, we didn't want to write a record about the pandemic. We wanted to go out again, meet people, live experiences, live life and get ready to bring everything in our music again. So we collected a ton of material."

"We've been working on it a little bit, and we plan to go after it fully in early 2023," added co-vocalist Andrea Ferro in the same interview. "We have some very early versions and rough concepts of these songs that we're working on. We've looked at some ideas for album art and are kicking around titles, but it's still early, and nothing is final yet. And we've just had a meeting with the label recently, and we talked about it, but it's too early for us to put a release on it yet. We don't want to rush anything and want it to be a quality album.

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