Dark Legacy concert review
Milano, Italy’s Lacuna Coil might seem an odd fit for Boise, Idaho, but the group’s local fan base is ardent and loyal. Saturday night the quintet returned to the City of Trees after a two-year hiatus and the locals packed the Knitting Factory for a monumental show. This marks one of the many dates on the band’s current U.S. headlining tour, Dark Legacy.
The group formed in 1994, but did not take the name Lacuna Coil (which translates to “empty spiral”) until 1997. Throughout the years the group’s sound has been labeled everything from alt rock to gothic metal, but ultimately they are simply a heavy band with a signature sound that seems to defy comparison.
Lacuna’s primary composer is bassist Marco Coti Zelati, who brings the meat of the song to the band before the other members, vocalist Andrea Ferro, vocalist Cristina Scabbia, drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati and guitarist Cristiano Migliore and Marco “Maus” Biazzi add their own input.
On this tour, dubbed Dark Legacy, the band is playing an extended two-hour set featuring songs that span their career, including numbers from as far back as the debut EP.
“We’re still playing a good, like seven songs off of [Dark Adrenaline], but we’re mostly focusing on the older material. This was done intentionally to give our older fans, our diehard fans, something special. We play songs that we’ve never actually played in the states before. There’s actually a couple of songs that we haven’t played in so long it was like learning a completely new song. There’s “Circle” off of In A Reverie, and “No Need To Explain” off the first EP. They’re all songs that are fun to play because we haven’t done it in so long.” –guitarist Cristiano Migliore
Lacuna Coil’s performance Saturday evening was stunning. Broken into three sets, the band started off with a mixture of tracks including new ones from Dark Adrenaline such as “Kill The Light” and “Give Me Something More”, as well as hits from their previous album, Shallow Life, like “I Won’t Tell you” and “Spellbound. They also included the Italian sung “Senzafine” from 2001’s Unleashed Memories.
The second set was an acoustic grouping, featuring tracks like the hit, “Closer”, “Within Me”, and “Falling”. The latter coming from the band’s 1998 self-titled EP. The acoustic set was performed as a four-piece with both singers and both guitarists. “Falling” was done as a trio, without Ferro.
For the third set the band dug deep, pulling out older tracks like “To Live Is To Hide”, “1.19” and the aforementioned, “No “Need To Explain”. In all, the band rolled out nearly two dozen songs.
Prior to the show, I had the opportunity to sit down with Cris Migliore to talk about the tour, the new album, and much more. While we spoke, the rest of the band were at Big Juds watching Marco Zelati try his hand at the local eaterty’s famed burger challenge. He won, by the way. Read more on that, here.