Just days before they set to tour, and a few weeks before the release of Broken Crown Halo, Lacuna Coil announced the retirement of both their drummer and guitarist, Cristiano Mozzati and Cristiano Migliore, collectively.
The announcement came late Valentine’s Day evening.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you today,” stated the band through a press release provided by their record label, Century Media Records. “Our two brothers Cris ‘Pizza’ Migliore and Cristiano ‘CriZ’ Mozzati have decided to retire from LACUNA COIL.” The announcement went on to state that personal reasons have led to both Mozzati’s and Migliore’s departure. ” We know how stressful and difficult it can be to balance both real life and the life of a professional touring musician, and we have nothing but total respect for their decisions to focus on their families and lives at home.”
For Mozzati, he likens his retirement as leaving family.
“After over 16 years spent with the LACUNA COIL family, I decided to move on and begin a new chapter in my life,” said Migliore. “This hasn’t been an easy decision, as you can imagine, but I felt like I needed to change some things around.”
Migliore shared his bandmate’s sentiments towards family in his statement as well.
“This hasn’t been an easy decision at all and I’ve come to it with pain in my heart,” he said. “Because together we laughed and cried; we fought and gave all our lives to this amazing band. Together we lived the dream for 16 wonderful, intense and unforgettable years. All you guys around the world gave me such positive and sincere vibes and emotions that will stay embedded in my heart for the rest of my life!”
Century Media Records thanked Migliore and Cristiano, and stated that the two will be missed. However, they also clarified to the band’s many fans that plans are still in high gear. “Broken Crown Halo marks a new chapter in the ever-evolving history of LACUNA COIL, but the band will not be slowing down. In fact, they are currently packing their bags and gear to begin touring.”
LACUNA COIL return to the road to introduce North America to ‘BROKEN CROWN HALO’ as part of the REVOLVER HOTTEST CHICKS IN HARD ROCK TOUR, which launches February 20 and features LACUNA COIL sharing a stage with SICK PUPPIES, Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL, and CILVER. The tour launches in Wilmington, NC, and runs through March 20 in Anaheim, CA. See complete itinerary below, and visit www.hottestchickstour.com for additional details and VIP packages.
Joining LACUNA COIL on tour will be drummer Ryan Folden. Fans will already be familiar with Ryan, as he performed live with LACUNA COIL on the majority of the 2012 and 2013 ‘Dark Legacy’ and ‘Dark Adrenaline’ tours.
Broken Crown Halo is set for releases April 1, 2014 in North America (March 31 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand) on Century Media Records. The album is the band’s seventh studio effort, and the highly anticipated follow-up to Dark Adrenaline, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, Sevendust and Paradise Lost after debuting at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Fans can get a taste of Broken Crown Halo in the form of the album track “Nothing Stands In Our Way,” recently released via the Century Media Records Soundcloud page:
The band will also be appearing on MONSTER ENERGY’S WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE festival, where they perform April 27 alongside ROB ZOMBIE, KORN, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and more. The two-day festival, held April 26-27 along the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, FL, will also feature headliners AVENGED SEVENFOLD and THE CULT. For more information, please visit www.welcometorockvillefestival.com.
LACUNA COIL were joined in their native Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner [P.O.D., Sevendust, Evanescence, Papa Roach] and engineer Kyle Hoffmann [P.O.D., Bush, Zebrahead]. Broken Crown Halo was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include Rammstein, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Deftones and Sheryl Crow.
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