Having been away from Australian shores for seven years, Italian-based gothic metal superstars Lacuna Coil returned with their second performance in our country. Kicking off in Perth, the Milan natives arrived in Melbourne on Thursday night national supports Orpheus Omega and newcomers Drown This City. With the latter providing the evening’s overture, they gained a large audience the moment the show commenced.
Drown This City will be touring Australia and opening for Falling In Reverse from today until the 20th of October. Get tickets to that show here: https://www.livenation.com.au/artists/falling-in-reverse
Delivering an innovative round of tracks from False Idols EP, along with a new song, Alex Reade and co. performed with enough confidence to gain a few new fans. All throughout their forty-five-minute slot, Orpheus Omega kept the pit prepared for the remainder of the night. Performing mostly off their Partum Vita Mortem record, Orpheus Omega concocted a recipe of insanity with thrashier undertones. While they may not be as well-known as Lacuna Coil, they’ve proven from one support show after the other that they have the credentials to get there.
The very second Lacuna Coil walked on with Ultima Ratio, the devotees poured their hearts and souls to every lyric they sung with Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferrero. Their setlist combined new material off Delirium, Broken Crown Halo and a handful of early favourites. Whether those that attended that night’s show saw them back in 2009 at Soundwave or at their debut Melbourne headliner, once again every member gave a hundred per cent. It was clear for all to see just how perfect their performance was, with not a minute of tedium to be had. After such a long wait, the Lacuna Coil reminded us just how impressive they are live.
Review by Callum Doig
Photography by Roger Brooks