Massive Sevendust Tour Rolls Into Philly

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SevendustSevendust / Coal Chamber /Lacuna Coil / Stolen Babies
The Electric Factory
Philadelphia, PA
April 18, 2013

Out of the rock limelight for more than a year, Atlanta’s Sevendust have ultimately returned to the fold with a great new CD, Black Out the Sun, which seems to be a fresh and exciting new chapter. While this tour embarks across North American soil, this great touring package set up camp in Philadelphia at The Electric Factory in mid April. As if having Sevendust as one headliner wasn’t enough to get your metal fix, they brought along Coal Chamber who have recently eturned bigger, bolder, and heavier then ever – armed with a brand new lineup with Dez Ferrara holding the whip. Also joining the tour was Italian sensations Lacuna Coil and special guest Stolen Babies.

While some of these bands are no stranger to the Philadelphia area, The Electric Factory seems to be the perfect venue to take center floor in the general admission area. As the show kicked off with Stolen Babies, I wasn’t quite sure how incorporating an electric accordion works with a metal band, but there have been stranger things than this. Accordion aside, I have to give props for an outstanding show to get people fired up.

After a quick set change, the fog machine started to fill the air as the intro began to get louder for the next band to grace the stage. And that would be Lacuna Coil. Lacuna Coil could easily contend as a headliner with the material they have under there belts, but we settle for them as the main supporter to Sevendust and Coal Chamber. They worked the stage like they stole the show. Right from the start, vocalist Cristina Scabbia had the fans already mesmerized with her stellar ability to kick out some great choruses. Lacuna Coil’s set went through so quick that they left out a few songs –  particularly the song that put them on the map in the States, Heavens A Lie. Although, even without it, Lacuna Coil set the bar high with only a mere thirty five minutes. Some of the highlights included Trip The Darkness, Spellbound and Fragile.

After a quick change over, just about 9:20 the lights went slightly dim and the intro started to play as the fans braced themselves for the return of Coal Chamber.

This is a whole new lineup surrounding vocalist Dez Fafara. It’s hard to believe that after more then a decade Coal Chamber graced the stage here in this same venue. Despite the factor that Coal Chamber always had that strange dark light show, they still seem to pull it off opening with a classic Loco from the early 90s moving right into Big Truck and then onto Fiend. With thirteen songs in their set list, it was a fulfilling show.

SevendustAs if Coal Chamber didn’t already raise the bar for the evening, the electricity started to spread rapidly when Sevendust hit the stage. While some rockers might think Sevendust never really earned their stripes with their quick rise to fame, tonight’s headlining show proved them all wrong. This was superior rock performed by superior musicians.

Sevendust arrived on stage at 10:25 and opened their monstrous set with Decay. This band has never lacks any luster and even with a short set they still can crank out some great old favorites like Praise, Denial, and Waffle. The ultimate songs seemed to be Bitch and Black, both from their 1997 debut album.

This band is all about fan interaction, which is easy to see in their live shows – especially bassist Vinnie Hornsby, who is well known for his humorous demeanor and facial expressions as he works his way around the stage. Meanwhile both Clint Lowery and John Connolly seemingly shred through guitar solos that can wow any guitar hero. Lejon Witherspoon can conquer any rock move while keeping tame with the beats of music. His vocal octane fueled with power and passions demonstrates the driving force between the old songs and the new fresh crafted songs like Till Death which were well received.

Since their first inception in 1994, Sevendust has not only built a fortress of fans, but they have matured as songwriters, musicians and performers. Tonight in Philly, there was no need for the band to black out the sun – there was so much starpower on that stage they could have lit up the universe.