We recently caught one of Italy's loudest exports touring in support of their seventh studio album, Broken Crown Halo. The prospect of a night of live rock from four established touring bands had a larger than normal crowd out on a Tuesday night at Juanita's Cantina in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Opening up the show was New York-based Cilver, a five-piece fronted by one of Revolver Magazines "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock". It didn't take long for those in attendance to get into their set, and for Uliana to prove that she has far more than her looks going for her. She can sing, and the rest of the band delivered a tight performance for the limited time they had.
After a brief stage reset, the next act was ready to hit the stage. Another band from the Big Apple - Eve to Adam - took over the spotlight with their brand of guitar-driven rock. I had been catching some buzz from friends around the country regarding ETA and their live show, and of course their single "Immortal" has been receiving some airplay, so I was anxious to check them out. Frontman Taki was quick to get the crowd involved in the show, and by the time they broke into "Immortal" everyone in the audience was moving and singing along. They had more for us, though, and after a couple more songs they closed the set with an amped up rendition of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" that left the crowd screaming for more, more, more.
The Los Angeles power trio Kyng - touring in support of their sophomore release Burn The Serum - was providing direct support. They took the stage with their stripped down show. With them it is all about the music, no theatrical stage show required, and got right into it. Playing a mix of songs from 2011's Trampled Sun and their current album, they delivered a solid set that was well-received by the growing crowd. Songs like "I Don't Believe", "Falling Down" and "Electric Halo" grabbed the audience with their musical hooks and had them bobbing in time to the beat. The only problem with their set was that it seemed to be over about the time it really got started. Hopefully they can make it back on a headlining run.
Finally it was time for the headliners Lacuna Coil, and the near-capacity crowd packed closer to the stage when the house lights dimmed. From the opening strains of "Trip the Darkness", the crowd was totally into the performance. For the next 90 minutes, we were treated to an excellent show from a band that obviously takes pride in leaving it all on stage. While having dual vocalists may seem unusual, Cristina Scabbia (another of Revolver Magazines "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock") and Andrea Ferro make it work flawlessly. They play off of one another perfectly, and seem to feed off of the energy of the crowd. With a setlist drawing heavily from their previous album Dark Adrenaline (their highest US charting release to date) and Broken Crown Halo, they also featured fan favorites "Kill The Light", "Spellbound" and "Our Truth" in a high-energy show that left the crowd at Juanita's pumped up and ready to keep rocking.
If this show comes to a venue in your area, you should make a point to go check it out. It was definitely worth the price of admission!