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Lacuna Coil brings distinct sound to Milwaukee in support of 'Broken Crown Halo'

Lacuna Coil performs at The Rave in Milwaukee on May 18, 2014
Lacuna Coil performs at The Rave in Milwaukee on May 18, 2014
Copyright 2014 John Schulze

Lacuna Coil came through Milwaukee Sunday May 18 for a show that just about wraps up their current US tour. The band has recently released their newest CD, "Broken Crown Halo," last April and has also undergone the recent retirement of two members, guitarist Cris "Pizza" Migliore and drummer Cristiano 'Criz' Mozzati. The band has been touring since February 20 supporting the new album and were featured earlier this year on the Revolver Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour. Since that tour ended late March the band has been playing major festivals and headlining shows across the United States and into Mexico.

Andrea Ferro of Lacuna Coil
Copyright 2014 John Schulze

Lead singer Cristina Scabbia has one of the most powerful voices in metal today and she's also one of the most open and sincerely honest musicians in the business. Scabbia shares lead vocals with Andrea Ferro, and together they interweave a unique and powerful vocal texture that makes Lacuna Coil so distinctive in their genre. Ferro is one of the most animated vocalists you can experience live, as was the case at The Rave. You can see and feel the emotion that he performs with at face value. It's a site to behold. Scabbia was apparently feeling a bit under the weather Sunday night, but her vocals came through as flawless.

It was great to see Marco Coti Zelati on bass, as he was noticeably absent from the last time Lacuna Coil played Milwaukee in April of 2013. He sounded great and his bass cut deep through the music adding an enormous amount of depth to the live show. I was unsure how Lacuna Coil would sound with just guitarist Marco "Maus" Biazzi handling guitar duties, but any worries were quickly laid to rest once the music began. Ryan Blake Folden's transition into the new Lacuna Coil drummer has been a couple years in the making, and as expected he was rock solid. Due to the low stage in the Rave and the "Broken Crown Halo" stage banners, Ryan was a bit tough to see from the sides of the stage, but we all certainly heard him loud and clear.

Lacuna Coil's most recent video is for, "I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)," a track that really defines the band this album cycle. The video was posted to Century Media Record's YouTube channel on April 30 and in less than a month it already has nearly 250,000 views. The new album, "Broken Crown Halo," is available for immediate download from iTunes and the band has a handful of US dates left before they return back home to Italy. You can get more info at their official website, official Facebook page and official Twitter page.