LACUNA COIL's third album, "Comalies", has officially passed the 100,000 SoundScan mark in the United States. This is a landmark achievement for both the band — who are performing on Ozzfest's second stage throughout the summer — and their label, the Los Angeles-based independent Century Media Records. LACUNA COIL are now believed to be the top-selling Italian rock artist of all time, with "Comalies" shattering all Century Media worldwide sales totals to date, surpassing such landmark releases as TIAMAT's "Wildhoney" and ICED EARTH's "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
"We are happy to be the first Italian band on Ozzfest, and we’re even happier to know that 'Comalies' has done so well," stated the group's frontwoman Cristina Scabbia. "American fans have truly opened their arms to us, and we can't wait to perform for them throughout the summer."
"It's made us proud to watch LACUNA COIL grow over the years," added Century Media President/General Manager Marco Barbieri. "Success couldn’t happen to a nicer, more deserving band. We knew that once people listened to the group and heard their story, they'd immediately grasp the appeal and see that LACUNA COIL is undoubtedly a career artist whose best is yet to come."
LACUNA COIL's American breakthrough was the result of relentless touring, organic radio success, heavy video airplay and a sound that has been acclaimed by Billboard, Entertainment Weekly and virtually every rock publication of note. Throughout 2003, the band toured with such well-known artists as OPETH, DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE and ANTHRAX. Immediately prior to Ozzfest, the group completed a two-month North American theater tour with P.O.D., BLINDSIDE and HAZEN STREET.
On the radio front, the smash hit "Heaven’s A Lie" and current single "Swamped" — both R&R Active Rock Top 50 success stories — were warmly embraced by nearly 100 commercial stations across the country, including such tastemakers as WAAF-FM (Boston). Last fall, WAAF invited LACUNA COIL to play acoustically live on the air; the performance can be heard on a special double-disc edition of "Comalies", released earlier this summer that also features newly recorded acoustic renditions of four fan favorites, the radio edits of "Swamped" and "Heaven's A Lie" and the stunning music videos for the tracks, both directed by Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR). Earlier this year, the "Heaven’s A Lie" video scored the #1 spot on Fuse TV's viewer-vote "Oven Fresh" program, besting such famed acts as BRITNEY SPEARS, PINK and MAROON 5, while the MTV2 "Headbanger's Ball" world premiere of "Swamped" was accompanied by a live, televised acoustic performance, the first since the seminal program re-launched last year.
In addition to Ozzfest, LACUNA COIL — recently voted "the next big thing" by readers of Metal Edge magazine (who also named Scabbia "female performer of the year") — will be playing "off-fest" shows throughout the summer. The group will also deliver in-store acoustic performances at select Borders Music locations in August. That same month, the soundtrack for the forthcoming Sony Pictures film "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" — which includes "Swamped" — will be released. Meanwhile, Scabbia will be spotlighted in the following month's issue of Stuff magazine.