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Lacuna Coil Unleashes The Black Anima In Bristol With Eluveitie And Infected Rain

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It's truly wonderful how many bridges can be built in the realm of metal music. People from all walks of life and countries join together to celebrate the music we love and have a good time and tonight was no different. Three bands from across mainland Europe have come together and put together a tour that no one lucky enough to attend will soon forget, as Lacuna Coil, Eluveitie and Infected Rain joined forces to give headbangers one hell of a show, which was demonstrated perfectly on a cold night in Bristol.

Opening the night, almost as soon as the door opened, was Moldova's own, Infected Rain. After being independent for a while, the band released their first album through a label this year, the superb, "Endorphin," the doors are swinging open for this powerful quintet. Many opening bands struggle on a tour such as this to win over the crowd, but Infected Rain did so with incredible ease tonight. Frontwoman Elena "Lena Scissorhands" Cataraga possesses amazing talent, delivering one of the most flawless vocal performances I've ever seen, while working the crowd to perfection. It was a relatively short set, but a memorable one, which is sure to have won over plenty of new fans. Next time Infected Rain are in the UK, it's sure to be one which will see them perform in front of many of their own fans.

Next up was Swiss folk metal favourites Eluveitie, promoting their new album, "Ategnatos," the title track of which provided the first song from the nine piece. The record was heavily promoted tonight, with no less than six songs brought out including "Breathe," "Worship" and "Deathwalker." It's impressive seeing such a large gathering musicians all working in tandem to provide not just orchestral like precision but an enjoyable and lively heavy metal performance. Naturally a few older songs were on display too such as "Havoc" and set closer, "Inis Mona," while a rendition of "Call Of The Mountain" in their native tongue was very well received, with a surprising number of people from the English south west knowing the words. An excellent showing from one of folk metal's most popular bands.

Finally we come to tonight's headliners, Lacuna Coil. Twenty years on from their debut, "In A Reverie," the band now has a wealth of hits and fan favourites to draw from, thus creating a setlist as rich as any of the elder metal legends. Naturally, material from their new release, "Black Anima" was in good supply tonight, including the singles, "Layers Of Time" and "Reckless," while other recent favourites such as "Trip The Darkness" and "Blood, Tears, Dust" were also brought out.

Of course, some staples can never be omitted from a Lacuna Coil setlist such as "Heaven's A Lie" and "Swamped" from the classic album, "Comalies," while "Karmacode" was represented by "Our Truth" and the Depeche Mode cover, "Enjoy The Silence." Fans were also treated, since it's that time of year, to a performance of the band's Christmas single, "Naughty Christmas," which went down a treat, before finishing the night with the band's motto song, "Nothing Stands In Our Way" from the "Broken Crown Halo" record. Lacuna Coil are one of the bands which rose to prominence in the 2000s and still have a large and loyal fan base today, keeping them relevant in the modern era. They're truly a band worth respect and nowhere do they prove that more than in the live setting.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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