Lacuna Coil Concert Review, Max Watt’s, Brisbane, 15th Oct 2016
Lacuna Coil has been around for more than 20 years now so it is hard to believe that the Italian goth metal masters have never made it to Australia for a headliner tour so far. Their current world tour in support of the recently released album ‘Delirium’ corrected that. Lacuna Coil finally got to play their headline shows around Australia. Brisbane was the last stop on their short visit to the land down under.
The Max Watt’s filled up quite nicely so that the first support act Flynn Effect was already playing their 30-minute set in front of a decent crowd. Their style is rather alternative rock than metal and is more in line with Lacuna Coil’s more recent work. The band had a lot of local support from their fans and was well received. Flynn Effect did fit the bill of the night and was a great warm-up for what was to come.
Next up were Orpheus Omega from Melbourne. Orpheus Omega switched a couple of gears higher with their melodic death metal sound. The band has been around for quite a while now and had the opportunity to support a good number of international acts during their Australian tours. The experience on stage really shined through again on Saturday night. The performance was well-rehearsed. Every member of the band knows exactly what to do at the right moment in time. It is needless to say that the high-energy show and the heavier sound of Orpheus Omega got the crowd going. A special mention has to go to bassist Nathan Mesiti. Despite food poisoning he made it through the show.
Lacuna Coil hit the stage after a short break and took the Max Watt’s in a storm. Their most loyal Australian fans had gathered to finally witness a full set of the band. And Lacuna Coil delivered. The set consisted of songs from all phases of the band’s history ranging from fan favourites like ‘Our Truth’ to songs from the new album ‘Delirium’ including the title track.
All songs were performed slightly heavier than their studio versions which worked really well and brought the crowd at Max Watt’s to boiling point. What sets Lacuna Coil apart from other bands of the genre is not only the impeccable vocals of frontwoman Cristina Scabbia but the symbiotic interplay between her and fellow vocalist Andrea Ferro. If there is one band where the saying applies that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts it has to be Lacuna Coil. Two decades of sharing the stage have moulded the duo into one of the strongest performers in the metal world. The fans thanked the bands with frenetic cheers and extended singalongs. One fan got so excited that he even popped the question and asked (more shouted) Cristina Scabbia to marry him.
The show was a complete success for Lacuna Coil and the fans. It just leaves me to say that we hopefully won’t have to wait another couple of decades before Lacuna Coil return to Australia for more headliner shows.