Lacuna Coil Plays Nosturi: Helsinki, Finland
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Lacuna Coil made the band's first appearance in Helsinki since February 15th, 2010, on the Shallow Life World Tour. Unaccompanied, Lacuna Coil performed a 2-hour set, complete with a 5-song acoustic set, ranging all the way from "In A Reverie" to the 2012 release, "Dark Adrenaline" (reviewed here). This night kicked off the Dark Legacy European tour.
In a twist of fate, Lacuna Coil was yet again in Helsinki without the full band. In the 2010 show, Marco “Maus” Biazzi was unable to play due to an injury, and likewise this year, he was recovering from a shoulder injury and unable to participate. As well, Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati was taking this one out because of the recent birth of his daughter. As such, another drummer friend, Ryan Folden, was substituting for this tour.
Lacuna Coil wins some big points to viewers for being a very crowd-friendly band. Vocalist Cristina Scabbia in particular tells stories about the songs and the meaning behind them, letting the crowd get not only a live performance, but a bit of insight into the deeper meanings of the songs the fans love.
The entire band was adorned in matching Dark Adrenaline shirts, creating an unusually symmetrical and almost strangely professional look to their show.
Christina gets some serious credibility and respect from me for not being the typical “metal princess” that adorn the stages of all too many metal bands these days. She’s classy, not a diva in any way, and she shares every minute of the limelight with the others in the band. She and Andrea Ferro make the perfect vocal pairing that just works every single time. She smiles, and interacts with both the band and the audience and has almost an elf like quality courtesy of some very pointy ear piercings. Andrea Ferro is equally modest, and his habit of gesturing with his hands while singing shows that he puts his heart and soul into ever beat, of every note.
The show kicked off with "I Don’t Believe in Tomorrow". Unfortunately, Andrea Ferro didn't quite seem to be entirely comfortable with the songs off the new album. The mingling of melody and harmony with Cristina didn’t go as well as they could have, but admirable just the same.
"Senzafine", came later, this being the only song performed in their native Italian. It certainly remains one of the most solid songs of the set. The extra kick given to the song during the live performance does not fail to satisfy those who love it.
Three songs from Comalies followed: "Heaven’s a Lie", "Self Deception", and "Entwined". The older songs had a higher quality that can only come from years of practice resulting in phenomenal sound.
"To the Edge" and another song from Dark Adrenaline, "Give Me Something More" followed, leading up to a brief interlude to prepare for the frequently requested acoustic set. Cristina and Andrea were accompanied by only Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore and Marco Coti Zelati on stunning black acoustic guitars, leaving that set to be the only songs with all-original band members. This set included a lovely rendition of "Closer" with only Cristina Scabbia on vocals, really focusing on the intricate dance of the two guitars.
"Within Me" followed with Andrea Ferro returning to join on vocals. He was able to make up for his poorer performance in the newer songs by really taking it up a notch at this point. The third acoustic song, "End of Time", was explained to be written with long driving journeys in mind, with the hopes that a person could listen and clear their mind of everything and just relax. The acoustic set was finished off by a particularly haunting rendition of "Shallow Life".
After another brief intermission, "Our Truth" kicked off the return of the heavy songs. At this point it is worth noting what an incredible job the drummer did on these songs on such short notice. Our Truth and the following Upside Down really turned up the heaviness, creating an all-around good mix of songs that continued for the rest of the night.
Fragile managed to prove that the harmony-melody balance was still working between Scabbia and Ferro, but perhaps means that the latter still needs a bit more practice on the newer songs. They managed to keep it sounding natural in this song.
"Swamped", being a popular favorite, managed to fulfill any requirement that a fan could have of the song. From sound quality to Scabbia’s unforgettable vocals, right down to the lighting, everything about it was exactly what you would want to see in a live show.
One thing I have to mention at this point is that I particularly love atmosphere that is created by personal stories shared about almost every song. Whether it’s details explaining the meaning of an abstract video, such as a story about the first single off Dark Adrenaline "Trip the Darkness", (apparently it was to be a white and black, yin and yang theme) or the more sad aspect of friendship and the loss of someone close.
They concluded a show with a song written for the loss of a friend of theirs, Type O Negative’s Peter Steele. Scabbia led into the song with her thoughts on life and the hope that those who have passed on are still all around us, before performing "My Spirit".
Lacuna Coil left Helsinki with another unforgettable set, and every person in the crowd counting down the days until the next show!
Rachel Roth has studied classical music and folk music at the University level, and enjoys studying Folklore in her spare time. She is an avid metal fan lucky enough to be living in Helsinki, Finland, where she now studies social work. Currently, she has expanded her love of music to include photography and freelance writing. You can see more of her photography here.
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