UK tour support band Straight Line Stitch announced that they were from America and were, ‘Gonna make some Fuckin’ Noyz!’ And, true to their word in a sort of, anesthetic-free hemorrhoid by-pass done by a mate’s mate he knows down the pub, that’s what they did. Noisily, brutally, insistently led by shockingly non-girlie lead vocalist Alexis Brown. Unrelenting, merciless Grind/Metal/Speed-Core viscerally stripped-down to its DNA. Amidst this sonic carnage there were the most subtle of finger-tapping bass refrains that were rather engaging.
Lacuna Coil are ‘Atmospheric’ migraine- massaged Baroque Goth‘n roll metallers from Milan have a vixen disciplinarian sauce-minx lead singer whom we suspect was very likely sent home after the first night on Girl Guides’ camp. However, Cristina Scabbia, had her oh so naughty mascara-snake charming stage persona rather compromised when a punter cried out that he wanted her babies! She smiles as beautifully as if Michael Jackson had Moon-walked across your heart.
With twin-axe guitars in tandem synch and a beautiful woman who is Amon Duul’s Archangel Thunderbird made flesh this was all our Christmases come together right now. Vox partner in Grind, Andrea Ferro, has the eye-popping visage of Dave Grohl’s mad twin brother locked away in the attic. Possibly. It’s a rare, male/female vocal combo, taking one back to the Jefferson Airplane’s Slick/Kantner/Balin. Off then on a relentless mosh-mad Grind of motor-head-banging bulldozers on steroids. Incessant spiraling riffs and Scabbia’s pyrotechnic vocals have the faithful like putty in her hands (if only!)
Time for the power-ballad and cue lush keyboards for ‘My Life’. An up-beat life affirming homily with ubiquitous swirly synth angel effects but mercifully no cigarette-lighters to be seen. ‘Fragile’ ironically, nearly had the punters pogoing through the floor with a climactic 1-2-3-4 mega-stomp. Apart from basting an City banker on a spit this is the best fun possible.
Set closer was the shrewdly chosen Depeche Mode cover, ‘Enjoy The Silence’. Some might suggest a closing cover song is a bit of a cop-out but they’d worked the dynamic to perfection and the collective choral participation was a joy to behold.
Encores came with the epic grandeur of the rhino shagging a blender ‘Trip The Darkness’ and the sweatily exhausting speed-rocker ‘Spellbound’ – as indeed we remained far into the night.
Setlist:Intro, Our Truth, I Won’t Tell You, I’M Not Afraid, Kill The Light, Fragments of Faith, Heaven’s A Lie, Daylight Dancer, Wide Awake, Without Fear, Swamped, Fragile, Enjoy The Silence, The Darkness, Spellbound.
Review – John Kennedy
Photos – Ian Dunn