Boom! Insomnium was coming back to the US. There was no way I would miss them. Although I had only good things to say about the other bands they were touring with, it was bittersweet not to have them headlining. (I was hoping there was some self-proclaimed hierarchy for my favorite bands.)
I must first preface their opening with a slight disappointment, not for the band, but the venue. I have always enjoyed the Troc, but if the band does not have their own light show, it can be very dark, back lit and unforgiving for photography. Photography issues aside, even seeing the musicians faces can be a challenge.
Insomnium took to the darkened stage, a fitting backdrop for their sound, as masters of doom and sorrow. Their genius for melodic death metal only progresses further with a blend of other metal genres on their new album, Winters Gate, from which they played many songs. Although they may sound deep and dark, their stage performance was energetic and had an almost pal-around feel, with lots of smiles and riffs played together. Hearing my favorite songs live gave me goosebumps and I honestly can’t wait to see them again. Their music is moving, with melodies that will stay with you long after the music stops.
I have unfortunately never gotten to see Lacuna Coil live until now, and they were certainly show stopping. Having been around over two decades, their playing style is refined, while still retaining their signature sound, a down-tuned, bass-heavy bliss. Donning straitjackets with their sanitarium stage show, their vocals are both harmonious and harsh, which makes for a compelling contrast. Cristina Scabbia is an absolute pleasure to listen to and one of my favorite female vocalists. So happy to finally see them.
Symphonic metal has a bold and worldly sound that I have always enjoyed. The flawless Simone Simmons belted her operatic vocals as full force and power of the epic! Epica shook the Troc. Cristina Scabbia of Lucuna Coil even joined them on stage for a song. It was a night not soon forgotten.