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LACUNA COIL- Nosturi, Helsinki 15.02.2010

Solid balls of Lacuna Coil

Heavy music requires one to have a pair of solid balls. Maybe that’s why women performing in this genre are so rare, and this makes them more valuable. It has always surprised me to hear girls say “I don’t like female vocals”. A woman fronting a metal band deserves all the respect simply for the fact of being out there if nothing else. Christina Scabbia from Italian band Lacuna Coil is one of the best examples that we – girls – can kick it just as hard. I had to go and express my admiration to this gorgeous woman and great singer at the band’s concert in Nosturi, Helsinki on February the 15th.

The show gathered the band’s most devoted fans, many of whom have already seen Lacuna Coil before. Probably thanks to this an atmosphere of unity has prevailed at the gig. lacuna coil
Due to some incident the band didn’t have their bass player with them and male vocalist Andrea Ferro had an arm injury. However, this train of misfortunes didn’t stop the guys from having an absolute blast.

As to keep up the mood of not letting the misfortunes take you down, Lacuna Coil started the gig with the first song from their latest album “Shallow Life” (2009) – “Survive”. The song’s explosive beat at once set the mood for the rest of the show – jump till you drop! Most of the set consisted of songs from “Shallow Life” and its predecessor “Karmacode”, with a few exceptions. One of them was “Senzafine” (from the album “Unleashed Memories” 2001) – it was great to hear the band sing in their native language, which adds a more sensitive flavor to the song. Prior to the encore Lacuna Coil answered to my personal expectations and sang “Enjoy The Silence” – in my opinion, the best cover version of this song ever made. The crowd in the club definitely shared this opinion with me, singing on top of their voices.

Christina Scabbia is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in metal and that’s absolutely deservedly. According to my memory, she changed the outfits at least three times and each of them was gorgeous beyond words. I’m quite sure the male part of the audience had rather appreciated this eye–candy, although for me it just made the whole show more perfect, from the aesthetics point of view.

Even though Christina is an indisputable centre of the whole performance, Andrea Ferro also should be given the credit as an important part of the show and the band’s sound. Having his arm hanging over a Lacuna Coil scarf, this guy gave his 100% and more. His coarse voice adds the feeling of brutal male power, thus harmoniously contrasting with female vocals.

Fifteen songs into the show the band left the stage only to come back to sing three more: “Not Enough”, “Spellbound” and “Our Truth”. And then it was the end, boys and girls. They promised to come back and we’ll be waiting.

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Report: Tanja C. | Pictures: Henri Lassander

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