Gig Review

Paradise Lost
Lacuna Coil, Katatonia
Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
30th October 2013

Paradise Lost                  Lacuna Coil                   Katatonia

Photo Of Katatonia © Copyright Robert LawrenceFirst up tonight is Katatonia, no not that one, this is the other one, I'm pretty sure I've seen them before. Tonight they are playing an album in it's entirety, 'Viva Emptiness' and that just about sums up how I feel about their set this evening, it starts off pretty slow with the opening songs, they are dull and lifeless affairs, thankfully the pace is picked up but for me it's just not engaging enough to get me excited about this band, who are playing in very low light and are pretty much rooted to the spot all night, although it may be down to the fact that there are 3 drum sets on stage, but I doubt it, they don't seem like a band that is energetic on a stage with more space. Overall for an opening band it's not starting the night off with a bang to get the crowd warmed up, it's more starting off with a damp squib.

Next up are Lacuna Coil, a band I'm seeing for the umpteenth time, never seen a bad set of theirs and tonight is no different, it's certainly not the best but not the worst either.I'd have gone for a Photo Of Lacuna Coil © Copyright Robert Lawrencedifferent opening set of songs, maybe would have started with 'Heavens a Lie' instead that's the 4th song in, they open with 'I Don't Believe in Tomorrow', 'Kill The Light' and 'Fragments of Faith', not bad openers but could have been livelier but still better than the band before, from which the crowd has now come to life and are rather animated to see the Italian band. I'd say the set is not 'best of' but there are always a few staples in there like 'Spell Bound', 'Heavens a Lie' and 'Swamped', these songs giving the set a shot in the arm but it never really lags at all, as it's a really solid set from these guys as always.

Photo Of Paradise Lost © Copyright Robert LawrenceParadise Lost are on their 25th anniversary tour which is a mighty mighty feat for any band, most don't see past 10. I've seen this band a few times now and they have always been pretty good, they are a straight up heavy rock band, with a touch of darkness to the music and lyrics. They open the tour in Wolverhampton with 'Mortals Watch The Day', it's a solid opener and gets the crowd going again after the set change, this is followed by 'So Much is Lost' and 'Remembrance', this seems to keep the crowds energy on the up, speaking of which earlier in the night the room wasn't all that full, but it has filled out nicely now.

Photo Of Paradise Lost © Copyright Robert Lawrence'Gothic Enchantment' and 'Faith Divides Us', open into the main bulk of the set, with the latter track taking things down a notch to give the crowd a bit of time to get their energy back, but it's a really decent mellowed/melodic song in which the crowd happily claps along to when prodded by the vocalist. It's also good to hear some proper banter between crowd and band as it was lacking from the previous bands sets.

These guys are seasoned pros so they know how to keep things ticking over and tootling along and before we know it, we're over the half way point with about half an hour to go before the close of play.

Photo Of Paradise Lost © Copyright Robert LawrenceThe band rocks the Wulfrun with the likes of 'Never For The Damned', 'Isolate', 'Tragic Idol' and main set closer, 'Say Just Words', this main set was quite entertaining even for me who knows practically bugger all about this UK band, it has been a good nights worth of music but thankfully we're in for a few more songs like, 'Rotting Misery', 'True Belief', 'One Second' and a superb rendition of 'Over The Madness', which tops off the first night of the tour quite nicely, it's been a night that didn't start well but got much better as each band played. Superb show from these 25 year veterans.

Katatonia 2/5
Lacuna Coil 3.5/5
Paradise Lost 4.5/5

Review By Robert Lawrence

 Paradise Lost

Nick Holmes
Greg Mackintosh
Aaron Aedy
Steve Edmondson
Adrian Erlandsson

 Lacuna Coil

Cristina Scabbia
Andrea Ferro
Marco Coti Zelati
Cristiano Migliore
Marco 'Maus' Biazzi
Cristiano 'CriZ' Mozzati


Jonas Renkse
Anders Nyström
Daniel Liljekvist
Per Eriksson
Niklas Sandin

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 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?