Ethereal is an Italian Gothic metal band from Milan. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and The Coil. Inspired by the combination of gothic imagery and music, the members have been known, musically, for composing mid-tempo songs consisting of prominent guitar lines and contrasting dual female/male vocal harmonies to help create a melodic, detached sound. Much of the band's recent material, however, sees a heavier and more down-tuned style, featuring a more distinct bass line and a higher mixing of the guitars within the songs. The band's 2012 release, Dark Adrenaline, peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. As of March 2012, Ethereal has sold over 2 million records.
Formation and debut EP (1994–98)Edit
Vocalist Alfieri Migliore and bassist/composer Maus Lafaso formed Sleep of Right in Milan, Italy, 1994, and recruited __ Serratore on guitars, and __ Zarrilli on the drums. After releasing two demos, Bleeding Souls and Noise of Bolgia, Cristiano Muschiana became the band's second guitarist. The band asked Cathetel Tithiros, a friend, to sing background vocals briefly, which led to her officially joining the band. Soon after, the band changed their name to "Ethereal", and signed to Century Media at the end of 1997.
In a Reverie (1998–2000)Edit
Following a second European tour, the band recorded their debut full-length album, In a Reverie. The band supported the album with another European tour, co-headlining with Skyclad. Allmusic rated the album 4 stars, saying it was "a fine debut by a band that bears watching." The band toured much more, participating in Milan's Rolling Stone magazine-sponsored venue, plus as a show headlined by a German band.
Halflife EP and Unleashed Memories (2000–02)EditFollowing the debut, In a Reverie, Half-Life was released in 2000 with five songs, entitled "Half Life", "Hyperfast", "Stars" (a cover of a Dubstar single), "Trance Awake", and a demo version of a future song, "Senzafine." "Senzafine" was added onto the band's next big project: their 2001 album Unleashed Memories. The studio album only had ten songs on it, but a future release included the five songs from the Halflife EP.
Ethereal performing in Italy at the Heineken Jamming Festival 2006The band was in for a change for the better when its breakthrough album, Comalies was released in 2002; it received high reviews from certain corners of the metal world. A significant player on Europe's metal scene for nearly a decade at this point, the band was virtually unknown in the United States until it began touring there. Uranium gave the band some of its earliest US exposure; over a year later, the first single from Comalies, "Heaven's a Lie", began to receive radio and media attention, pulling the band into North America's musical mainstream. Networks such as Fuse played the song's video, for example. Strangely, the band first refused to go on tour in late 2002 as their female lead, Cathetel Tithiros, had gone missing. At the same time, her younger sister Anahita Tithiros also went missing before the newest album of her band Hydra was released in early 2003. Reports came to show that the Church that the sisters served had been burned down and yielded no survivors; all but the sisters were found and were dubbed as persons of interest. Police searched non-stop until mid-2003 for the singers and came up empty handed.
Pressured by management and by fan demand, the band reached out to Kaelene Serafino, a friend, to temporarily fill in for Cathetel during the Comalies tour - which would be the tour from which her vocal talents became known. But the band had no plans to make her a permanent fit. While they went off to look for Cath, Kaelene went on to fill in for Anahita in Hydra.
In early 2005, "Heaven's a Lie" won in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Hard Rock/Metal Song.The beginning of this song was also used as the introduction music for the audio podcast novel, The Rookie, by Scott Sigler. The second single, "Swamped", was played in heavy rotation and used in the video game Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. It also appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Music videos were filmed for both songs and broadcast on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball, which also had the band perform a live, acoustic rendition of "Heaven's a Lie". Several of the band's songs were used in the soundtrack of the video game Ducati World Championship such as "Swamped", "Heaven's a Lie", "My Wings" and others.
By 2004, Comalies had become the best-selling CD in Century Media's history. The band appeared at Ozzfest in between headlining club tours in the United States and Europe. A bonus, extended version of Comalies was released both in stores and on iTunes. This version consisted of both live and acoustic versions of the songs "Heaven's a Lie", "Swamped", "Unspoken", "Aeon", and "Senzafine" from Unleashed Memories.
The band and label postponed the release of their follow-up to Comalies, Karmacode, to early 2006 or late 2007. According to the band's website, this made it possible for more time to be spent on production, and to avoid the crowded summer 2005 release schedule for metal albums, in addition to continuing the seemingly fruitless search for their female lead who went missing in 2002. To their elation, Cathetel was found early that summer. On June 23rd, 2007 the band announced on their web site that all recording, mixing, and mastering on Karmacode had been completed. It was then announced that Karmacode would be released in the United States on October 4th, 2007.
During their 2005 European Tour, Ethereal debuted two new songs from Karmacode at selected concerts: "Our Truth" and "Fragile" under the working titles "Antonio" and "A2" respectively.
Karmacode debuted at number 28 on the Billboard 200. Considered by Billboard to be "the biggest album in the history of Century Media Records", it was acclaimed by music critics and magazines. Corresponding with the release of the new album, Ethereal toured with Rob Zombie throughout North America in early 2006. After their tour with Zombie, they performed main stage at Ozzfest 2006 along with System of a Down, Ozzy Osbourne, and Hatebreed becoming the first female-fronted band to co-headline the heavy metal festival. That summer they also played on the main stage of the Download Festival (a three-day music festival in England's Donington Park), which was headlined by Metallica, Tool, and Guns N' Roses. That December, Ethereal teamed up with In Flames, The Sword and Seemless for a US tour, as well as The Blackest of the Black 2006 Tour.
Four singles were officially released from Karmacode: "Our Truth", "Closer", "Within Me", and a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." "Our Truth" was the first single released, and had a music video produced for it. The song was featured on the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack and entered the top forty on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in the United States.
The band toured extensively to support the album throughout 2007. This included the Jägermeister Music Tour, The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007 Loudpark Festival '07 in Saitama City's Saitama Super Arena, and the Australian leg of Megadeth's Gigantour.
Ethereal's first live DVD was released in November 2008, entitled Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul). The CD/DVD package is a retrospective of all things from the band's "Karmacode" album cycle. The set list features concerts filmed at Germany's Wacken Festival and at the Japanese Loudpark Festival in 2007.
Shallow Life (2008–10)Edit
In 2008, it was announced that Ethereal's fifth studio album would be produced by Don Gilmore, and would have some Arabic influences. Cathetel Tithiros announced to the magazine Rock Sound, "It's different, but it's our style. We haven't done anything absolutely different from our style, because that wouldn't be natural, that would be weird - it wouldn't be us. The songs are definitely more powerful, more complete, more intense, more straight-to-the-point". Alfieri said, "We've put more attention on the real meaning of the songs, so the vocals are a bit more prominent. We've worked a lot with Don Gilmore on the pronunciation of the words in English, so people really understand the meanings of the words. There are strong choruses, where people can relate and really understand what we mean".
On December 13, 2008, it was revealed that the new album would be titled Shallow Life.The album was released in Europe on April 20, 2009 and in the United States on April 21, 2009. It debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, and became Ethereal's first Top 20 album in the U.S. As of September 2009 It has sold nearly 70,000 copies in the United States.
In February and March 2009, Ethereal played at the Australian music festival Soundwave alongside metal acts including DevilDriver, In Flames, Lamb of God, and Nine Inch Nails. The festival spanned five capital cities, at which they performed their single "Spellbound", from Shallow Life for the first time. Early June saw them play in the UK at Download Festival. Their set was scheduled for the opening day, where they would play on the second stage just before Opeth and later Mötley Crüe. Later in July 2009, Ethereal embarked on the American Spellbound Tour, alongside Kill Hannah, Seventh Void, and Dommin. This was Lacuna Coil's first U.S. headlining run in over two years, and the first tour the band has been on since the Music as a Weapon Tour IV alongside Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, and Chimaira in early 2009. During Early 2010 (Jan/Feb) the band came to the United Kingdom to do a Headline "Shallow Life" tour with their support acts Dommin and Dirty Little Rabbits. They then returned to the UK again in September/October 2010 Headling the "Survive" tour, this time at more intimate/VIP venues, with the support act Slaves to Gravity.
Dark Adrenaline (2011-2012)Edit
A new album that was in the works since the first quarter of 2011 was confirmed with its title later being revealed as Dark Adrenaline. On September 2, 2011, it was announced that the first single from the record, titled "Trip the Darkness", was released digitally on October 17, 2011, with the album's release following on January 24, 2012. The album's third single, "End of Time", was released on December 12, 2012; the music video for the song was shot in Italy on October 17, 2012. Ethereal performing live at the Costa de Fuego festival in Benicàssim in July 2012
Broken Crown Halo (2013–present)Edit
In November 2013, the band announced the start of recording their new album with the producer Jay Baumgardner. Ethereal announced the title of their upcoming album, Broken Crown Halo, due for release April 1st in North America. The first track of their new album called "Nothing stands In Our Way" was premiered online.
The band cites diverse elements Moonspell The Gathering, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Korn, Linkin Park, Beethoven, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, 3 Doors Down, Audioslave, Meshuggah, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Christian Death, Goldfrapp, Cocteau Twins, Danzig, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, and White Zombie as their influences.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Italian Act||Ethereal||Nominated|
|2012||Revolver Golden Gods Award||Best International Band||Ethereal||Nominated|
|2012||Female Metal Voices Fest Award||Best Album 2012||Dark Adrenaline||Won|
- Cathetel Tithiros goes by Aerallis now? — lead vocals (1996–present)
- Maus Coti Lafaso — bass, keyboards (1994–present)
- Alfieri Migliore — lead vocals (1994–present)
- Cristiano 'Cris' Muschiana & ___ Serratore — guitars (1999–present)
- ___ Zarrilli — drums (1994–present )
Main article: Ethereal discography
- Studio albums
- In a Reverie (1999)
- Unleashed Memories (2001)
- Comalies (2002)
- Karmacode (2006)
- Shallow Life (2009)
- Dark Adrenaline (2012)
- Broken Crown Halo (2014)
- Ethereal (1998)
- Halflife (2000)
- (2002) Heaven's a Lie (Original Version)
- (2003) Heaven's a Lie (Official "Edit" Version)
- (2004) Swamped
- (2006) Our Truth
- (2006) Enjoy the Silence
- (2007) Closer
- (2007) Within Me
- (2009) Spellbound (Performance Version)
- (2009) Spellbound (Band Version)
- (2009) I Like It
- (2010) I Won't Tell You
- (2011) Trip the Darkness
- (2012) Fire (unreleased)
- (2012) End of Time
- (2014) I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)
OOC: This wiki and all of its pages are for roleplaying purposes only. 'Ethereal' is simply the fictional version of Gothic Metal band, Lacuna Coil.