In an interview with Full Metal Jackie (via Loudwire), Lacuna Coil frontwoman Christina Scabbia has been talking about the increasing number of women fronting metal bands.
As Scabbia notes, having a female singer does not guarantee success for a band:
"I honestly don't know if it's a trend or not. Probably for some bands that are starting now, for part of them to have a female might means, 'Oh, we're going to get more successful or we're going to get more attention,' which it's not. People aren't stupid. It's not like there's a pretty girl in the band then you're going to be successful. It's not like that.
"I'm happy that there are more women in the scene. When we started, we were in between the bands with a female in the lineup but it was more accepted in Europe. There were more bands like Nightwish and Within Temptation, Theater of Tragedy with women in the lineups. It was kind of normal, at least in that symphonic gothic metal scene. Now I notice a lot of bands with a female in the lineup and I think it's cool. There is space for everybody. As long as you can deliver you can be professional and do your job as a singer and musician, why not?"
Scabbia also spoke about the departure of Cristiano "Pizza" Migliore and drummer Cristiano "Criz" Mozzati, who retired from Lacuna Coil in February, citing personal reasons:
"Yeah, everyone was really surprised and we were surprised too. It's not that they decided to retire because they didn't like band anymore or we didn't like each other anymore. It was more of a desire from their sides to change their life and leave the road, because it's not easy to live on the road and be away for such a long time from your loved ones. So they told us in December, about their decision.
"We decided to wait a little bit, first of all, because we had to absorb the news because it was ... not shocking, but it's still weird. It's the still same feeling if you're living with your brothers and they decide one day to move out, get married and change their life and they're not living with you anymore. It's the same kind of feeling. You're happy for them but at the same time you're going to miss them. Everybody's happy, so I think it's fantastic."