While the second annual Treefort Music Fest was getting underway elsewhere in Boise last night, Pennsylvania’s Candlelight Red, Italy’s Lacuna Coil and Georgia’s Sevendust were burning up The Knitting Factory stage. The show was so incendiary that mother nature had to drop a blanket of snow on the city to cool it off.
The house, even for a Thursday night, was pretty packed when Candlelight Red took the stage. The quartet kicked off a tight seven song set with “In Your Hands”. The band recently finished recording its second full length record, produced by Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose who also produced the band’s 2012 EP “Demons”. I spoke to vocalist Ryan Hoke after the show, and he revealed the title of the forthcoming album to be, “Reclamation”. Before closing out the set with their hit, “Demons”, Hoke and company offered up a new track from “Reclamation” called “Reflections”.
Lacuna Coil, which destroyed Boise last year with its incredible three-act Dark Legacy tour, took the stage next. Noticeably absent was the band’s gentle giant, bassist Marco Zelati who is recovering from an arm injury. Regular skin-pounder, Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati was also absent as he remains home with his newborn child. The band used a fill-in drummer for the set. Remaining members; co-vocalists Andrea Ferro and Cristina Scabbia, along with guitarists Cristiano Migliore and Marco “Maus” Biazzi kept the crowd riveted as they poured through twelve incredible performances including; “I Don’t Believe in Tomorrow”, “Upsidedown”, “Intoxicated”, and the hits, “Kill the Light”, “Trip the Darkness” and “End of Time” from their brilliant 2012 album “Dark Adrenaline”.
They also played hits from their 2009 effort “Shallow Life” including “I Won’t Tell You”, “Survive” and the show closer, “Spellbound”. “Heaven’s A Lie” was also thrown into the mix from 2002’s “Comalies” and from the 2006 record “Karmacode” they pulled “To The Edge” and “Fragile”. In all, it was a dynamic and exciting set, and the band, even without Marco and Criz, were flawless as always in their delivery.
Atlanta’s alternative metal maniacs, Sevendust hit the stage a blaze with barely controlled energy. The band, which features frontman Lajon Witherspoon, drummer Morgan Rose, bassist Vince Hornsby and guitarists Clint Lowry and John Connolly opened the14-song set with the debut single, “Decay” off their new CD, “Black Out the Sun”. The new record will be released this Tuesday, March 26. With funnels of smoke shooting up into the air, the band dazzled and incited the packed house. Sevendust gave one other glimpse of the new album with the track, “Till Death”.
The quintet covered much of its near-20-year legacy last night, performing songs from seven of the band’s nine albums, including its first hit, “Bitch” from its 1997 self-titled debut. The band chose not to cover any material from the two albums recorded without Lowry, who left the group briefly in the mid-aughts. They brought the fans to the brink of Sevendust delirium, nailing all their hits with the notable exception of “Enemy”. There was no, “another-night-another-town-going-through-the motions,” vibe at all with these guys. They were pumped from beginning to end and engaged the fans at every turn.
Last month, I had the opportunity to chat with guitarist John Connolly about the new record as well as his side-project, Projected. You can listen to the full interview below.
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Rustyn Rose is a veteran music journalist who owns and operates Metalholic Magazine and Metalholic Radio.