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Lacuna Coil

Live at Ozzfest, 2004, Alpine Valley, WI

Review by Josh Turner

Something set them apart from the pack and her name is Cristina Scabbia. She had an incredible presence and a huge following. She was one of the few artists that people actually knew by name. There is a simple explanation for this phenomenon. The woman has incredible talent. Her voice is crispy clean with a stellar range. Between songs, she even proved to be an excellent public speaker. She was extremely comfortable in front of the crowd and it took little effort on her part to connect with the audience. She has a sisterly quality about her, which she used to rally a large group over to the second stage. Anybody who wasn't out in front by the beginning of her act was eventually drawn over by her gifted voice and magnetic personality.
Supporting Cristina was a cast of competent musicians who each go by a nickname. Her drummer, Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati, demonstrated great handiwork. As fast as his wrists could wrack the drums, it was astounding how accurate he could play. The male vocalist of the group, Andrea "Andi" Ferro, maintained equilibrium between Cristina's high notes as he took his voice to guttural depths. His voice was certainly not as sweet or strong as Cristina, but the offset between their voices created an unusual effect. The vocals weren't the only thing to come in pairs. Their two guitarists, Marco "Maus" Biazzi and Cristiano "Chris" Migliore, provided a double-barrel assault while their bass player, Marco "Maki" Coti Zelati, held his own all by himself.

The head whips were standard, but everything else they did was far from routine. Lacuna Coil was the most melodic band at Ozzfest. For a live show, the sound emitting from the speakers was absolutely phenomenal. The sound engineers really deserve much praise.

Like many others who horded around Lacuna Coil during their set, I wished they would have played longer. That's about the only thing I would have changed. Going by the response of the crowd at the end of their set, I doubt there would have been any difficulty gaining mass approval to extend their short twenty minute set. Lacuna Coil's performance was so good that they've built a solid case to be on the main stage for future Ozzfest tours.


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