Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine is Metal Insider’s new column during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked artists five questions on what’s been keeping them busy ranging from their favorite movies, food they’ve been eating, music they’ve been listening to and more. We caught up with Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia as she’s spending this time cooking, painting, and playing Final Fantasy VII remake.


What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?

I have been filling my days with several things. Besides some musical projects to think about, though, I’m not exactly inspired right now. I have been cooking a lot, painting, drawing, sculpting. I take care of my house and plants, play video games and watch lots of TV shows and movies.


Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?

I have a personal playlist I play very often but I love to hear random stuff and discover new bands and vibes.


A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?

I have always been a pro in making handmade focaccia, so I used this time to perfect my bread making skills. To be honest, the food culture in Italy is so big and loved that we were cooking all the time even before the lockdown. I make lots of puff pastry cakes with veggies, pizzas, focaccias and other experiments in general.


In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?

Speaking of video games, I have been playing Final Fantasy VII the remake, Control, Resident Evil, GTA 5. As for TV series, I watched too many. I can suggest Ozark, I liked it a lot. I have been digging into a lot of Marvel movies. I’m re-watching the whole series again from the beginning to Endgame.


What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?

Don’t think about the lockdown as a lack of freedom or of being in a prison. At home, in this precise moment in time, we are protecting ourselves and the ones we love. One day we’ll think back on this knowing we did what we were supposed to do to help the community. Take this time to do whatever you left behind and thought you never had time for: rearranging stuff, finishing a project, listening to music, you can even rest if your life has been too hectic. We have a way of saying in Italy, “Our grandfathers have been asked to go to war. We are asked to sit on our couch. We can’t complain.” Stay strong!