Lacuna Coil with support on Delirium World Tour 2016 -European leg – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

December 18th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

Lacuna Coil

Delirium World Tour 2016 – European leg
Forever Still – special guest
Genus Ordinis Dei – support act

Kulturbolaget
Malmo, Sweden
29/10 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

With their brand new album DELIRIUM out, Lacuna Coil recently toured the roads of Europe. A lot has happened in the band since the release of their previous album, BROKEN CROWN HALO in 2014. That year both drummer Cristiano Mozzati and guitarist Christiano Migliore chose to leave the band after 16 years. They recruited new drummer Ryan Folden but that didn’t stop the unfortunate turn of events for the band which suffered another loss in the beginning of this year when guitarist Marco Biazzi made it clear that he was also departing. Three singles were released before the album came out (“The House of Shame”, “Delirium” and “Ghost in the Mist”. Diego Cavallotti plays live guitar now as the band has reduced to a 5-piece with one guitarist instead of two. Danish act Forever Still as well as the Italian Genus Ordinis Dei are also on the tour which started out in Paris France in the middle of October and that ended in Bologna Italy by the end of November.

The place to be if you wanted to see Lacuna Coil was of course Kulturbolaget, and since it was a Saturday, the night club was going to kick off at 12. With three acts performing, the evening started out quite early; doors opened at 7 and Genus Ordinis Dei was scheduled to kick off at 7.30. I arrived at the club a little before 7. The opening was a bit delayed, but shortly we were inside and it was nice to get in from the cold winds outside. On stage the drums were ready and a backdrop hung with Genus Ordinis Dei’s name on it.

Genus Ordinis Dei

The small crowd that had gathered applauded the band as they came on stage. Two songs were played after which singer/guitarist Niccolo thanked the fans for the applause. He said that the band’s from Italy, it was nice to be in Sweden as that it was their first time in the country. The sound system worked great and Niccolo moved around on the small amount of space he had on stage.  The best way to describe the band’s music is symphonic metal influenced by melodic death metal. Despite the lack of a keyboardist, the music contained a lot of it. In the middle of the set the singer tried to get all of the fans to throw their hands in the air. However, the band’s music didn’t do anything for me and I thought their material was a bit boring and the band seemed a bit nervous. Two songs remained until it was time for Forever Still to go on and the singer/guitarist once again tried to get the crowd going by urging them to scream “hey hey”. Luckily the 30 minutes went by pretty fast and soon Niccolo said the band would be at the merch stand if anyone wanted to buy something or just have a chat with them. Needless to say, that show left a lot to wish for and I was pretty glad when it was over.

Two new backdrops were put up on each side of the drums as the band members helped the crew get things in order for Forever Still to start. The band is Danish and released their EP BREAKING FREE back in 2013 followed by two more. The band is led by Maja Shining and Mikkel Haastrup. I don’t have any idea if they’re a duo or a band but their music has been mentioned as having similarities with acts like Halestorm, Lacuna Coil, and Bring Me The Horizon. From what I read online, the band’s done a lot of touring in Denmark. TIED DOWN is the name of their debut album, released October 21st 2016. As time proceeded people started to arrive to the club and at 8.15 the band made their stage debut in Malmo.

Forever Still

Shining asked if the crowd was ready for some music and fired off “The Last Day”; it was full speed ahead from the start. She used the entire stage to move around and rock the crowd, receiving a great response. “Awake the Fire” continued as Shining spoke in Danish when thanking the audience. “Miss Madness” followed and if Shining and Haastrup were on fire the rest of the band took it more easy. The line up is:

Maja Shining – lead vocals
Mikkel Haastrup – bass
Dennis Stockmar – drums
Maja Partsch – guitar

Even if both Shining and Haastrup gave their all on stage it was obvious they were a bit nervous and needed a little more time to get into a solid performance routine. They didn’t talk much between songs, letting the music do the talking. “Fight” and “Once Upon a Nightmare” followed. A fair description of their music would be goth metal. The members were all skilled musicians, especially guitarist Partsch being worthy of a mention. Parts of the crowd seemed to be familiar with Forever Still’s music and screamed when Shining announced “Breathe” as the next song up. The upcoming single “Save Me” followed and Haastrup and Shining ran a bit out on the stage together. Shining thanked the crowd again and switched to English as she said the band only had one more song left and that after the show the band was going to be at the merch stand. “Are you ready for Lacuna Coil?”, she asked and fired off “Scars”. The show ended and the band walked off the stage after having 33 minutes in the spotlight.

The songs were great but they still have some practicing to do when it comes to handling a live crowd. Some of the members looked really nervous and Shining needs to learn how to take on a crowd as a singer and front woman. The band has potential and I’m sure we’re going to see and hear more of them in the future.

Set list
The Last Day
Awake In The Fire
Miss Madness
Fight
Once Upon A Nightmare
Breathe In
Save Me
Scars

And so was it finally time to make space for the headline act Lacuna Coil. Their backdrops were put into place and on each side of the stage two fences were put up and behind those the speakers. Two mannequins dressed in white with masks stood on each side of the speakers. It was supposed to look like a mental asylum, just like the style of the new album, DELIRIUM. It’s been a long time since the band was in Sweden and I think they’ve lost some fans here because of the lack of shows. It took the crew about 25 minutes to get the asylum ready for visitors and then was it time for the show to start.

Lacuna Coil

The intro came through the speakers as the band made their way onto the stage to face the crowd’s applause. “Ultima Ratio” was the first song out and all of the members wore asylum overalls and paint on their faces, looking like mental patients. The line up in the band is:

Cristina Scabbia – female vocals
Marco Coti Zelati – bass
Andrea Ferro – male vocals
Ryan Blake Folden – drums
Diego Cavallotti – guitar

After “Spellbound” Scabbia thanked the fans for coming and said it was because of Halloween the band looked like they did and that they had put on a little extra. “Die and Rise”, taken from the previous album BROKEN CROWN HALO followed and the fans followed the members’ every move. Both Scabbia and Ferro worked hard to connect with the fans and it paid off as the fans shouted, jumped, and sang along to the lyrics throughout most of the set. “Heaven’s a Lie” woke up everyone; the fans sang the chorus so neither Scabbia or Ferro had to sing anything. It was bold but smart to play the classic song so early in the show. Ferro asked if the fans had a good time and said it was fun to be back in Malmo. It was time for a new song he said and fired off “Blood, Tears, Dust”; the crowd seemed to love the song. It was obvious the fans had listened heavily to the new album because they loved each song, old and new. “Ghost in the Mist” followed, after which Scabbia took a look at the fans and asked how many old school fans had come tonight. “How many of you remember the COMALIES album?”, she asked, so was it time for a song the band hadn’t played for a while in “The Ghost Woman and the Hunter”. Scabbia laughed and said, “Actually we played it last night”, and the song really brought down chaos in the club. “Trip the Darkness” followed and when Ferro once again thanked the fans for coming to see the band Zelati and Cavallotti snuck up behind him on each side to start off “Downfall”.

Despite the change of band members and the fact the band haven’t played here for a long time, I think they delivered a solid performance. Watching the show it was easy to see why Lacuna Coil is one of the biggest goth metal acts in the world.

As the song ended Scabbia went off the stage and changed outfits into a bloody dress. Ferro sat on a chair and it was time for “You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You”. The song became sort of a play, with Scabbia walking around Ferro singing to him. The song is taken from DELIRIUM and is actually a great ballad. Ferro then asked the fans for some energy in “Our Truth” and he got what he asked for. The song is taken from 2006’s KARMACODE and the fans sang the chorus. After a short drum solo by Folden, Scabbia urged the crowd to give him a warm hand ending the song.

The cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence” continued the night and the fans almost overpowered Scabbia’s voice, earning them an invitation to sing the chorus in the middle of the song. My personal opinion is that the cover is brilliant and almost better than the original. Scabbia said the crowd was amazing and that the band didn’t care if there were 100 or 1,000 in the crowd, they always gives their all. When she screamed “We fear…” the fans screamed “Nothing” back at her and she urged them to scream louder and louder. The song “Nothing Stands In Our Way” began and she dedicated the song to everyone in the club. That song ended the 60 minute show but the fans wanted more and after a few minutes the members returned to the stage. Scabbia and Ferro were the last ones out and she had once again changed outfits. The first encore for the night was “Delirium” as Scabbia said she wanted to see everyone’s hands in the air during the song. It was followed by “Zombies”, in which Ferro wore a mask to look undead. Scabbia said that the fans’ support means everything to the band and that they were really grateful  to see that so many had come to see the them. “Welcome to our asylum”, she said, “where it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, brown, girls, boys or anything in between, everyone’s welcome to us”. “Welcome to our “House of Shame!” she said, and that song ended the show for the night. The band wanted to take a picture together with the crowd in the background, ending 80 minutes of Italian musical madness.

The club lit up and meaning it was time for the metal heads to leave, the night club to being, and the pop kids to come in. This was another great show with Lacuna Coil and during all the times I’ve seen the band live, they have never disappointed. It was risky for the band to play 7 songs from the new album and 3 songs from BROKEN CROWN HALO but it worked featuring 10 songs out of 16 that were relatively new. Mind you, it wouldn’t have hurt to incorporate a few more older songs; I missed a few personal older favorites but hey, you can’t get everything. I also wished for a little more than only 80 minutes of music. I have said it before and I say it again, if you’re a headline act I think you ought to perform for at least 90 minutes. The backline looked good and brought some atmosphere to the show. Lacuna Coil have lost members along the way and something I felt lacking was a second guitarist; the band’s music would have benefited with another guitarist in order to get a richer sound. However, Lacuna Coil delivered a rock solid show and they really showed why they are one of the leading acts within their genre today. I really hope that this line-up, including Diego Cavallotti, is a solid one and a keeper.

If you can’t get enough of Lacuna Coil make sure to catch them live in May/April next year in Europe and they are already confirmed for Wacken Open Air in Germany 2017.

Set list
Intro
Ultima Ratio
Spellbound
Die And Rise
Heaven’s A Lie
Blood, Tears, Dust
Ghost On The Mist
The Ghost Woman And The Hunter
Trip The Darkness
Downfall
You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You
Our Truth
Enjoy The Silence (Depeche Mode cover)
Nothing Stands In Our Way
Encores
Intro
Delirium
Zombies
The House Of Shame

Thanks to head of Kulturbolaget Totte Lundgren for help with press/photo pass to the show.
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