Apocalyptica and Lacuna Coil in Los Angeles

Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica and Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil originally announced a tour in 2020, but was postponed a couple of times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that things are slowly going back to normal, the tour was good to go. The stop for this show was The Belasco in Los Angeles, California. The show was tightly packed and possibly sold out. Even before doors opened, fans had lined up outside in anticipation for the show.

Plenty of Lacuna Coil fans were in attendance and you could tell who they were as they cheered when the lights out. The members of Lacuna Coil came out one by one and started their show with Blood, Tears, Dust. Singers Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro make a great duo when it comes to singing. The last time Lacuna Coil came to the USA was in 2019 so they made sure to bring their all. Lacuna Coil played many of their hits for this show including Heaven's a Lie, Reckless and Save Me. During their performance of Veneficium, Lacuna Coil showed their Italian heritage by showing the colors of the Italian flag using the stage lights. Nearing the end of their set, Lacuna Coil played one of their best songs which was Our Truth. Fans could be seen jumping, raising their horns and singing along. To end their set, Lacuna Coil played Nothing Stands in Our Way because they didn't let the pandemic or anything else stand on their way of performing for their fans. Lacuna Coil left the stage and made way for the headlining band of the night.

Apocalyptica plays their music with cellos instead of traditional guitars. They last came to the USA 2017 and were more than excited to return to the states and play for their fans. The lights went out again and fans once again cheered as the members of Apocalyptica made their way to the stage. They started their show with Ashes of the Modern World and right away, you could see how cellos work perfectly in the metal world. After a couple of more songs, Apocalyptica introduced their touring singer. It was Franky Perez who has collaborated with Apocalyptica on multiple occasions. The first two songs they did together were I'm Not Jesus and Not Strong Enough. After that, Apocalyptica went back to being a cello band. Apocalyptica brought out many of their hits including Rise, En Route to Mayhem and Scream for the Silent. Perez came back out to join Apocalyptica and sing a few more songs. The next song was the newest song that Apocalyptica released with Perez which was I'll Get Through It (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2eY099yvWU). It was released on March 28, 2022 and it even features legendary Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler on bass guitar. More songs with Perez included Shadowmaker and I Don't Care. After that, Apocalyptica was nearing the end of their show and played some of their best songs which were cello covers of Metallica songs. The first one was Nothing Else Matters and the last song for the show was Seek and Destroy. Apocalyptica left the stage and all seemed quiet. People cheered and chanted their name. After a small break, Apocalyptica came back out and the crowd cheered once again. Two encores were played which were Farewell and the classical song, In the Hall of the Mountain King. Apocalyptica left the stage once again and the crowd kept cheering. This tour is an amazing package and surely fans couldn't wait for both bands to come back.


Photos and review by Misael Ruiz


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