For the tinnitus prone and quiet night lovers, Lacuna Coil is definitely not the band for you. It was a night of many heavy metal and hard rock musicians having a chance to impress a large crowd of heavy rock lovers. Joe Wilson and Simon Tubey got down to Amplifier in Perth last night to catch the Italian metal machine.
Supported by the likes of bands Nucleust and Deadspace, those who liked it loud were definitely not disappointed.
The first band to hit the stage was Nucluest. Having the unfortunate job of being the hype-man of the concert, the band had a tough time trying to instigate a mosh pit. With the vocals of lead singer Shannon Marston ranging from a ragey rock n’ roll roar to a raspy scream, it felt like the heavy metal pendulum was being swung left and right. The band’s efforts were admirable when trying to get the crowd moving, but sadly not enough to get the early onlookers moshing.
Deadspace took the love of beer to a whole new level with the lead singer in between tracks pouring pints of beer on his head, to give himself a more dramatic, nuanced appearance. Even though it was possible they would end up maybe smelling like a human swat of sweat and beer, the anarchic stage presence of Deadspace was very much a breath of fresh air.
Expressing his hatred for the security boundaries, as soon as the band encouraged for the crowd to come on stage; two male punters in one desperate bid for the limelight jumped the boundary and hyped up the band. However the foray of these two latest band members was short-lived, being called off stage as soon as the next track was performed.
What sold Deadspace’s appearance was the theatrics of the entire set, chock-full with one-on-one audience interaction. In a world with increased healthy and safety at concerts and an ever growing distance between performer and muso, Deadspace helped alleviate those fears with their penchant for occult-like mosh pits and anarchic ways of performing.
Lacuna Coil emerged on to the stage slowly, one-by-one with each member clad in a straightjacket. With eye-shadow and make up galore, in some ways it felt like the band had put on war paint on to hype them up for show. Theatrics and costume drama were heavily prevalent throughout Lacuna Coil’s set, helping the band evoke a theme of morbid anxiety amidst the venue. With lead singers Christina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro jumping straight into the set with Ultima Ratio as Scabbia guided the band with her powerful rock vocals with a tenacious ferocity.
Tracks Trip the Darkness, Kill the Light and Swamped were played halfway into the set, at this point the crowd had started to get rowdier, with the probability of getting whiplash from a metal head’s swaying, head-banging hair approaching one with each track. One impressive feat enacted by the one the punters (could have been a real life Viking, let’s be honest) was their ability to shoulder the weight of one woman on his shoulder. Whether he was an excellent rower, we shall never know.
The love for Lacuna Coil was so strong that when the band encouraged the crowd to sing the “Ole Ole, Ole Lacuna Coil” chant, it was as if the band has been playing in a stadium, you couldn’t tell the difference. The tail end of their set featured Upside Down, Y.L..M.C.I.H.Y and N.S.I.O.W. Finishing up with a triple encore featuring tracks Delirium, Zombies and The House of Shame, the Italian rockers brought down the roof, exclaiming gratitude for the fans and promising to be back in Perth shortly, and not in seven years as said by Scabbia, let’s hope that is the case.