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Italian Headbangers Go For More Straightforward Sound

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009

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Italy’s Lacuna Coil is friendly with fellow hard rockers All That Remains, on this year’s “HardDrive Live” tour lineup. But it’s not as familiar with the other acts — Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and From Sword to Sunrise — and frontman Andrea Ferro says there isn’t the same kind of opportunity to rub elbows — or bang heads — as there is on summer touring festivals such as OZZFest.

“OZZFest is a different situation because there’s so many bands and different levels of bands,” explains Ferro, 35. “The second stage is more like summer camp with all the bands hanging out all day together and cooking out and visiting each other’s buses.

“This (HardDrive) tour isn’t really like that. You kind of do your show and travel, so there isn’t the same kind of hang.”

Lacuna Coil is using the tour to bring its fifth album, “Shallow Life,” to North America. It debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in April, the group’s best showing yet — and an indication that fans liked the change in direction Ferro and company made in the material.

“We thought people would not follow us ’cause it’s a little different, a little more straightforward, than our other albums,” he says. “But at the end of the day, you can’t please everybody. You have to take some chances if you want to grow as a band. We’ve always done that, but with this record we did it maybe a little bit ... more.

“We have some people who love the album and some people who hate it, but we wanted to refresh the sound of the band a little bit, and we feel like we’ve really done that. So we’re happy.”

“HardDrive Live,” featuring Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and From Sword to Sunrise, takes place Friday (Oct. 2) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $19.99. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos. com.

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