“Dark Adrenaline”, the new album from the Italian rock/metal band LACUNA COIL, sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous CD, “Shallow Life”, opened with 21,000 units back April 2009 to land at No. 16.
LACUNA COIL‘s 2006 album, “Karmacode”, premiered with 34,000 copies back in April 2006 to enter the chart at No. 28. It has since sold more than 200,000 units in the U.S.
The band’s 2002 album, “Comalies”, has shifted more than 300,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Dark Adrenaline” was released in North America on January 24 via Century Media Records. The CD was helmed by acclaimed producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and “deliver[s] the melodic, sensual, metallic rush for which the band has come to be known,” according to a press release.
Fans both old and new have a variety of options to choose from, as “Dark Adrenaline” was released in numerous formats, including standard-edition CD and vinyl, deluxe edition digipak with a bonus DVD, sticker, poster and guitar pick and as an iTunes LP with expanded packaging, five bonus audio tracks and video. The Metal Club edition features exclusive artwork designed by the band and will be limited to 3,000 units. The Hastings edition features a bonus 10-track LACUNA COIL sampler, and the Amazon digital edition comes with a free five-track sampler. Finally, for true fans of the band, is the “Darkest Adrenaline” box set, which includes both the digipak and vinyl versions of the album along with a hardcover photo book, a LACUNA COIL custom syringe pen and ink, a lyric pad, signed lithographs created by the band and more, all housed in a LACUNA COIL medical box. This box set is limited to 500 pieces and is available exclusively through CM Distro.
“Dark Adrenaline” track listing:
01. Trip The Darkness
02. Against You
03. Kill The Light
04. Give Me Something More
06. End Of Time
07. I Don’t Believe In Tomorrow
09. The Army Inside
10. Losing My Religion
12. My Spirit
The “Trip The Darkness” video can be seen below. The visually stunning performance clip was directed by Sitcom Soldiers (FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, THE BLACKOUT).
In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia stated about “Dark Adrenaline”, “I really feel that it is really, really a good album with good songs. I think that it totally captures the essence of LACUNA COIL because it’s definitely a mixture of our roots and something completely new. We never repeated ourself with any album, but this one, it’s a perfect balance between the old stuff and the new. And the new stuff, it’s more obscure than the usual. It’s definitely heavier — the sound is way heavier than we did before. A lot of people will be surprised. I think so. . . I believe that, you know, it’s something that they don’t really expect from us. They probably expect us to go, I don’t know, more melodic and mellow and actually this is not the direction we are taking. [Laughs] We’re kind of getting heavier while everybody else is getting mellower. [Laughs]”
When asked if she and her bandmates had specific aims when they went into the studio, Cristina said, “No, not really, because I think that when you are writing songs, it’s not about what you want to achieve. You just go with the flow and you just like what you hear. And if you like something, you just, like, work on it. I don’t think it would make sense for us just to think about a song or like, Oh, the album is going to sound like that. That wouldn’t be honest and that wouldn’t be hard, you know? Of course, you kind of know what you want to do, just because you know that’s your taste, but you don’t really know what’s gonna be the final result. You just, you know, put down layers and layers and layers and layers, and then you just hear the result at the very end. Actually, after the mixing you’re just like, Oh, wow! [Laughs] It’s hard to see things, you know. You just kind of draw the image of what you think it’s gonna be, but you don’t really know what’s gonna be in the end.”
“Trip The Darkness” video: