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Lacuna Coil descends upon San Antonio after release of 'Broken Crown Halo'

Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil in San Antonio, April 5, 2014.
Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil in San Antonio, April 5, 2014.
Sheila Esmaili-Doki

Just days after the release of their seventh studio album, Broken Crown Halo, Italian gothic/melodic metal band Lacuna Coil played a fantastic headlining show in San Antonio, Texas, at the Wonderland of the Americas shopping mall. The show was free for all, taking place outdoors on a day with off-and-on light rain, while the shopping mall and booths around celebrated a local tattoo expo. Each Lacuna Coil album to date certainly has a distinctive sound with unique strengths, and Broken Crown Halo is no exception. The album is very high-energy and at times it simultaneously molds feelings of anger with those of positivity and determination.

And as lovely as it is to listen to Lacuna Coil albums, the best way to experience the music of this band is in the live environment. Very, very few bands are as remarkable on stage as this one. Vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro bring such intensity into their performances, always charismatic, with such phenomenal vocal interplay, and with an unmistakable enthusiasm for interacting with the crowd. When it comes to Lacuna Coil, one can easily sense the unity within the band almost immediately upon seeing their onstage mannerisms.

Lacuna Coil's set consisted mostly of material from their most recent two albums, the aforementioned Broken Crown Halo and the fantastic Dark Adrenaline (2012). Longtime fans quickly recognized Comalies classics "Swamped" and "Heaven's a Lie" (2002), and while many fans would long for a set focusing more on the older material, the energy on this Saturday night was so perfect and not a single one of the songs felt out of place at all. "Intoxicated" was a major highlight, with Scabbia's voice at its absolute best. The opener and closing songs, "Trip the Darkness" and 'Our Truth" respectively, were truly awesome to hear live, anthemic and engaging.

Before the show, I had the opportunity to interview Cristina Scabbia, and she spoke about some of the inspiration behind songs on Broken Crown Halo, the sad coincidence that the band's two most recent albums close with a song dedicated to close friends who have passed away, the differences between playing small club gigs and huge festival shows, and much more. The interview can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQFHGgPVHaM&feature=youtu.be.

Lacuna Coil is:

Cristina Scabbia - female vocals / Andrea Ferro - male vocals / Marco Coti Zelati - bass / Marco "Maus" Biazzi - guitar

Broken Crown Halo is out now on Century Media Records.