More than a year on since their last record ‘Shallow Life’, Italian metal export Lacuna Coil have always been a respectable band who’ve never quite made it to superstar success but neither have they ever been in a position where they were hard to come across and be familiar with in the metal community. October 1st 2010 marks the day of their first visit and performance in Stoke-on-Trent, so the Italian quintet are hoping for a warm welcome from the Stoke audience this evening.
Only one support band is to come before the night’s headliners, and that support band is London’s Slaves To Gravity (**). Their basic hard rock all sounds a bit too samey song in and song out, and due to the minimal stage room they 4-piece aren’t even able to try and compensate a dislike to their sound with energy. Attempts to try and get the crowd involved a little bit is also minimal at best, making Slaves To Gravity’s set mediocre at best.
After a 30-minute long interval Lacuna Coil (***) finally show up, all to a wave of screams and cheers from the eagerly awaiting crowd. Die hard fans are treated well with a set consisting of popular tracks aswell as old EP tracks released several years ago like ‘Honeymoon Suite’, leading to many pleased faces. Sadly due to stage props across the fairly small stage, room in minimal and this makes Lacuna Coil come across as a band who are little restrained and unsure at times, and little jumping from the crowd to top this doesn’t help matters. Regardless singles like ‘Spellbound’, ‘Heaven’s A Lie’ and closer ‘Our Truth’ sound tight and brilliant, and helps show a great improvement in Cristina Scabbia‘s angelic voice.
Written by Zach Redrup