Lacuna Coil Live Show Review

Lacuna Coil

With Special Guests: Butcher Babies, 9electric, Painted Wives

The Machine Shop - Flint, MI

Photos & review by Eric @eRock6of6 exclusively for @fullmetalrock

Fresh off of their stop at Rock on the Range, Italian goth metal masters Lacuna Coil and American metal goddesses Butcher Babies delivered powerful sets respectively to a sold out Machine Shop crowd this past weekend.

The night started off with two support bands who had the arduous task of warming up the unfamiliar crowd. Painted Wives and 9 electric both from Southern California but each with their own distinct style of metal. Painted Wives have more of a dark/moody sound reminiscent of Alice in Chains meets Queens of the Stone Age with a 'dash of thrash'. The vocal harmonies of singer/guitarist Justin Suitor and head-bang ready riffs of guitarist Jeff Lyman in songs like "Hollow Bones" and "Stay With Me" are what really got our neck muscles warmed up. The group’s album Obsessed with the End was just recently released on April 29th of this year via Century Media Records.

Green laser lights projecting from a red aura at the front of the house, LA foursome 9Electric were up next. With a range of influences like Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Static-X, 9E have been able to combine a little of everything to create their own electronic/metal sound. Frontman, Ron Underwood, displayed a bit of Billy Idol-esque rockstar swagger during their set, always engaged with the Machine Shop faithful. Some set highlights were the opener "New God", "Destroy As You Go" (which they actually recorded with Wayne Static) and their unique cover of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds” which Underwood could be found crowd surfing his way back to the stage. 9Electric's debut album ‘The Damaged Ones’ will be available July 15 on Another Century.

As the night progressed you could feel the energy levels shifting up a notch but when the Butcher Babies took over the stage they power-shifted the Machine Shop into overdrive! An unrelenting assault of the senses both visual and audible, the 1-2 dynamic of vocalists Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey give Butcher Babies this intense energy and stage presence that has to be seen to be believed. Beautifully exchanging screams and growls amidst hair spins and rapid fire drum beats, courtesy of Chrissy Warner, blistering riffs of guitarist Henry Flury and thunderous bass lines of Jason Klein. Butcher Babies made full use of their abbreviated stage getting the crowd riled up with standouts like "National Bloody Anthem", "Monster's Ball", "Magnolia Blvd" and "Axe Wound".

Butcher Babies Setlist:

National Bloody Anthem
Blonde Girls All Look the Same
The Butcher
Jesus Needs More Babies for His War Machine
Mr. Slowdeath
Monster's Ball
Magnolia Blvd.
Axe Wound

After some recovery time it was finally time for the nights headliner, world renowned metallers Lacuna Coil. Looking like they've just escaped from an insane asylum wearing dirty white straitjackets they took their positions on stage and dove right in with "Nothing Stands In Our Way" from 2014's Broken Crown Halo. A fitting song choice as they are currently in the midst of a World Tour in support of their 8th studio album, "Delirium", which will be released this Friday 5/27. Eager fans who couldn't wait until that release date were able to purchase a download card which also bought them a chance to meet their icons after the show and have them sign their merch.

Lacuna Coil have quite an extensive playlist of hits to choose from and they performed a number of them including "Spellbound", "Trip the Darkness” and the evenings closer, “Our Truth”. Two new tracks were also included- an operatically aggressive sounding "House of Shame" and the title track "Delirium" in which Cristina Scabbia's haunting vocals brought chills as her voice echoed throughout the Machine Shop walls. The vocal dynamic between Cristina Scabbia's graceful angelic sound interlaced with the gravelly melodic growls of Andrea Ferro is a unique contrast that is also mesmerizing to watch them perform. Not to be overlooked are the three outstanding musicians in their own right in bassist Marco Coti-Zelati and drummer Ryan Folden providing the sonic foundation for (new live member) Diego Cavalotti to lay down the fretwork. Throughout the night Lacuna Coil did not disappoint delivering another impressive high energy performance. Equally as important was their ability to connect with the crowd in a way that not many bands can do. Their cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" is a good example of that. Connecting with their fans on stage and off is what has contributed to their longevity and success. A recipe that will keep this band around for many more years to come.

Lacuna Coil Setlist:

Nothing Stands in Our Way
Die & Rise
Kill the Light
The House of Shame
Heaven's a Lie
To the Edge
Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode cover)

Trip the Darkness
Our Truth


Andrea Ferro - vocals
Marco Coti Zelati - bass
Cristina Scabbia - vocals
Ryan Blake Folden - drums
Diego Cavallotti - guitars


w/Butcher Babies, 9ELECTRIC, Painted Wives

Wed/May 25 - Brooklyn NY - Saint Vitus ^^
Thu/May 26 - Uncasville CT - Mohegan Sun Wolf Den ^^
Fri/May 27 - Poughkeepise, NY - The Chance *
Sat/May 28 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club *

w/Stitched Up Heart, 9ELECTRIC, Painted Wives

Tue/May 31 - Chicago IL @ Bottom Lounge
Wed/Jun 01 - Minneapolis MN @ Mill City Nights
Fri/Jun 03 - Lawrence KS @ Granada
Sat/Jun 04 - Denver CO @ Cervantes
Mon/Jun 06 - Columbia MO @ Blue Note
Tue/Jun 07 - Nashville TN @ Exit / In
Thu/Jun 09 - New York NY @ Gramercy
Fri/Jun 10 - Norfolk VA @ The NorVa
Sat/Jun 11 - Raleigh NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Sun/Jun 12 - Atlanta GA @ Masquerade

* - no Butcher Babies

^^ - no support



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