Sunday, 3 October 2010

Lacuna Coil @ The Sugarmill, Hanley 1st October 2010

Review by Sian Eardley

Photo by Tigz

Lacuna Coil… I’m a little lost for words, they were THAT good. And, if their happening to be in ‘crummy old Stoke’ appearance wasn’t enough, they promise to come back after recording their next studio album. Could it get any better? Not ruddy likely…

Absolutely packed to the rafters, and needless to say the vibe was hugely intense, everyone came together to hail these glorious rock gods who were unbelievably gracing our very own Sugarmill stage.

The standard, the sound and the atmosphere was amazing; looking effortless for them to culminate, making the whole affair more outstanding up the point where I thought both my eyes and ears were deceiving me. But yes, the ‘Coil ARE ‘that good’. Their natural talent combined with the natural beauty of Cristina Scabbia left fans in utter awe, males and females alike bowing down to worship the metal masters. I’ve never witnessed such adoration from a crowd for this rock royalty in this venue but it was heartwarming to see. Tonight Lacuna Coil could do no wrong. Any track they played, any conversation made and even the good old throwing the drumsticks and picks into the crowd fired everyone up even more.

The whole thing was just magical. Like I said, you’d struggle really to sum up tonight’s festivities, it was ‘unbelievably good’, the wide variety of hits they fit into their hour and a half(ish) set amongst Miss Scabbia’s charms ranged from ‘Shallow Life’ tracks, “Karmacode’ and the rather marvelous ‘Comalies’ and ‘Unleashed Memories’. It was ‘This is your life’ for the band on stage; all their triumphant releases unleashed on stage to amaze the fans from over the past decade, blazing as a brilliant success story.

Of course there were the biggies; ‘Swamped’ which was purely explosive and their take on Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence’ which is just a completely different kettle of fish – this being ‘ridiculously good’. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a ruckus coming from merely hearing the opening line, and the crowd sung along louder than a row of teenage girls at a Muse concert at Wembley Stadium. Rock on.

Lacuna Coil certainly sparked something, and given tonight’s performance, they’ve definitely earned themselves a spot in the top gigs of all time for the area. Everyone left with chills, and even thinking about it now I’m excited for their return! Fan or not, you’d have been bowled over by their offering and by the obvious mutual love between the crowd and themselves. It was the dog’s you-know-what, practically perfect in every way. You are a fool if you were absent from tonight’s metal sensation and even more so if you miss out next time round! Now go forth in search of Lacuna Coil material and start worshipping!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was there and I totally agree, amazing night!