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Lacuna Coil Spellbinds Bristol At The Marble Factory

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It's been a good year for new releases, with the likes of Superjoint and Brujeria returning, as well as new albums from Vader, Testament and Amon Amarth, it's a great time to be able to see some of the bands you love. Another group which released a new full length in 2016 was Lacuna Coil, whose latest release, "Delirium" has received some of the best reviews of their career and continues to lead them down the path of acclaim and success. The band are currently performing a headlining tour of the United Kingdom, which began in Bristol last night and which I was lucky enough to attend.

Opening the show was Italian Genus Ordinis Dei, a symphonic death metal band from Cremona in the Lombardy region. The group have a very strong presence, with frontman Nick K possessing some particular impressive talents in both his growling and guitar playing techniques. As impressive as they were, one can't help but feel it was perhaps the wrong tour for them, as there were several in the audience who weren't so enthusiastic, with a few even taking refuge in the toilets because it was, by their own admission, too heavy for them. It would be great to see Genus Ordinis Dei back in the UK soon on a tour where they might be appreciated a bit more, though it must be said that there were a good number in the crowd who did enjoy their brand of death metal.

Up next was heavy rock outfit Forever Still from the Danish capital city of Copenhagen. Led by the charismatic Maja Shining, the quartet displayed pure attitude from beginning to end, promoting their debut full length album, "Tied Down," which was released earlier this year through Nuclear Blast. Shining's vocal chops are perfect for the catchy yet heavy music which accompanies it. Many in the crowd were clearly impressed too, meeting Forever Still's music with cheers, applause and plenty of movement. Though Forever Still may not be for every metal fan, those who appreciate good hard rock with a punch would do well to check them out, especially in the live setting.

Finally, we come to the headlining act, Milan's own, Lacuna Coil. The group are on the road in support of their acclaimed new album, "Delirium," from which a good chunk of the setlist was made up of, including the opening number, "Ultima Ratio," while such other songs as "Blood, Tears, Dust," "Ghost in the Mist" and "You Love Me Because I Hate You" were also performed. Taking to the stage in horror influenced makeup, (perhaps the most notable of which was bassist Marco Zelati, who was dressed as Captain Spaulding,) Lacuna Coil brought the best out of their take on Gothic metal with both their appearance and stage presence, making good use of gestures throughout the show.

Although the set was heavily focused on "Delirium," old favourites were naturally brought out of the bag, including "Heaven's A Lie," "Our Truth" and "The Ghost Woman and the Hunter," the last of which had not been performed live before this tour. More recent staples such as "Spellbound" and "Trip the Darkness" were unleashed too, much to the delight of the crowd who were excited and energetic throughout the entire set and were in great voice during the band's cover of the Depeche Mode classic, "Enjoy the Silence." Surprisingly, the encore, which lasted for three songs, was mostly comprised of songs from "Delirium," including closing number, "House of Shame." Though some fans may have been disappointed not to hear favourites like "Swamped," "Unspoken" or "Closer," Lacuna Coil put on a fantastically lively performance and kept everyone entertained from the first note to the last, which is what they've always been great at.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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