Lacuna Coil 02/02/10

It was frostier than John Terry’s love life in Glasgow last night when Lacuna Coil came to the City’s ABC on Sauchiehall Street as part of their Shallow life European tour.

But the eclectic crowd were quickly warmed up by Los Angeles group Dommin who went down a treat with their own style of goth tinged rock. Included in their short but enjoyable set was a cover of Cutting Crew’s ‘I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight’ putting a different slant on the 80's tune. Definitely a group with some potential

The crowd were then given a disturbing chill down their spine with Dirty Little Rabbits. Unfortunately the other support band, which featured Shawn Crahan aka Clown from Slipknot. Certainly a case of rabbits caught in the headlights. Poor.

Cristiano Migliore, Marco Biazzi and Cristiano Mozzati from Lacuna Coil sent the crowd into raptures when they manned their instruments and ripped into ‘Survive’. Then Andrea Ferro and Cristina Scabbia joined them. What then ensued was a rip-roaring ride through many new songs of ‘Shallow Life’ but plenty of room for the fan favourites. ‘Closer’ was the first song to properly get the crowd bouncing with its swooping keyboards and driving beat.

The first big gun off their third album ‘Comalies’ was ‘Tight Rope’. Scabbia and Ferro stalked the stage whilst always engaging with the crowd. Although it wouldn’t have been hard for Scabbia with her looks the fellas foaming at the mouth.

Songs from ‘Karmacode’ also featured heavily in the set with renditions of ‘Fragments of Faith’, ‘Fragile’ and ‘To the Edge,’ which was one of the gig’s many high points.

‘Swamped’ made its way back into the set list after being taken out of the band’s gig in Dublin a few days before the ABC show.

The band encored with their cover of ‘Enjoy the Silence’ telling the fans this was their karaoke chance for the night and they duly responded singing every word. Cristina Scabbia also took time out to explain why bass player Marco Coti Zelati was absent due to a recent shoulder injury. ‘Our Truth’ rounded the night off in glorious style with the audience taking their final chance to go mental before heading home in the cold Glasgow air.

A few points off for Dirty Little Rabbits but still a good show in the end.