Heart of Steel: Concert Reviews

Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil With Daylight Dies
Wed. May 28th - Club Rockit, Toronto, ON, Canada
Review & Live Pics by Waspman
Show Rating: 4/5

Lacuna CoilFirst of all, I'm going to start by saying that although Club Rockit is a cool venue, very intimate, and perfect for Lacuna Coil's brand of post-goth metal, it's a travesty that a band like Lacuna Coil are forced to play in a place this small in front of so few people. If a band like Evanescence can hit it big, then certainly the more talented Lacuna Coil should at least be playing in front of 800 - 1000 people, rather than a paltry 200 or so. Inexcusable and I'm ashamed that Toronto metalheads didn't come out and create the demand for this band's first ever Toronto appearance. End Rant.

So anyway, this is Lacuna Coil's first ever North American tour, in support of their latest album, COMALIES. As it turns out, the band was supposed to have already played in Canada in support of Opeth but couldn't get into the country because of the oh-so-common visa issues that bands seem to have with Canada. As it turns out, I'm glad that they didn't get here earlier because this time they came as headliners and we were treated to a full set from them, rather than a mere 40 minute opening set.


Daylight Dies


Daylight DiesSpeaking of opening sets, Daylight Dies turned out to be the only opener of the night, despite Canadian metal merchants Into Eternity being scheduled. Apparently the band was forced to cancel at the last minute and couldn't make the trip. Very disappointing. As it was Daylight Dies were a decent choice to open the show, though far from great. I reviewed their debut E.P. a while back and even then I wasn't too impressed with the band's weepy, mid-years Katatonia/Sentenced caterwaul. Live, it was even more dull. Playing a selection of songs culled from their Relapse debut, NO REPLY, the band came off as somewhat uninspired and tame. To me, all of their songs sound the same: pound along at a mid-pace, growl a lot, have melodic guitar soloing over top of the rhythms, repeat. The band certainly has the chops and was technically proficient so they do have that going for them. I don't know, maybe it was because they had just got back to North America after touring Europe with, ironically, Katatonia, but I didn't get a sense of fire or inspiration from their show and from what I saw, neither did most of the crowd who were appreciative but subdued.



Finally it was time for Lacuna Coil. The band took to the stage through the crowd (as did Daylight Dies) and were greeted like conquering heroes. They wasted no time in launching into their set, simultaneously crushing and soothing the crowd with their whisper-to-roar metal. Of course, the focal point of the band is singer Christina Scabbia and she is even more impressive live than she is on disc. She may look small and delicate in person, but she can belt it out with the best of them and had the crowd in the palm of her hand from minute one. Indeed one of the show's highlights was her solo song "Falling" from their first album. Simply put, she is even more enchanting live than in person.

Male vocalist Andrea Ferro is no slouch either, as his more growly voice held its own and he was the major catalyst for the crowd, inciting them to clap, sing along etc. Some high points of the show were his duets with Christina, including the extremely impressive "Heaven's a Lie" where it seemed like the entire crowd was singing along with the chorus. Very cool and very moving.



The band played a selection of songs covering their entire career, making sure to mix up the music so that they didn't play all of their depressing stuff but also mix in some more aggressive tracks like "When a Dead Man Walks" and "My Wings", giving the crowd the chance to get out their moshing jones'.

Overall it was a very impressive show, despite the absence of Into Eternity. Hopefully this will not be the only appearance that Lacuna Coil makes on these shores. Give them a bigger venue next time!!!