Win Tickets ($64): Lacuna Coil, The Birthday Massacre, Blind Channel, Edge of Paradise @ Crystal Ballroom | Gothic Metal
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Lacuna Coil, The Birthday Massacre, Blind Channel, Edge of Paradise @ Crystal Ballroom on May 7. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 1.
From our sponsors:
The Birthday Massacre
Edge of Paradise
May 7, 2023
5:30PM doors, 8PM Show | All Ages
$28.50 ADV, $32 Doors, $38.50 21+ Reserved Balcony
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Italian alt metal superstars Lacuna Coil are shifting the paradigm yet again with new album, Black Anima. Just as Comalies (2002), Shallow Life (2009), and chart-smashing Delirium (2016) upped the ante and rocketed the Milan-based outfit into the upper echelons of metaldom, Black Anima is a level beyond all that. It’s both a hard look at the past and a brave sprint into the future. Two years in the making, Lacuna Coil’s ninth album arrives after the group published their first book, Nothing Stands in Our Way, in 2018 and celebrated in auspicious fashion their 20th Anniversary with an ultra-exclusive, all-out insane live show in London, dubbed The 119 Show: Live in London. Lacuna Coil have never shied away from hard work. Nor, have they restrained their creative impulses to push things-new songs “Anima Nera,” “Reckless,” “Veneficium,” and “Sword of Anger” are mind-blowers!-to the absolute limit.
“We’ve been very busy,” says Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia. “We’ve played a lot of live shows between Delirium and Black Anima. We published our book, a chronicle of the Lacuna Coil story. And we crossed paths with our 20th Anniversary, which resulted in a quick switch from the Delirium album cycle to the 20th Anniversary one. We had a big change in our look. Our show changed a lot. We had special effects and artists performing on stage with us. That became The 119 Show, actually.”
Formed in 1994, Lacuna Coil quickly became one of Century Media’s biggest selling bands. From Comalies (2002) and Karmacode (2004) to Shallow Life (2009) and Broken Crown Halo (2014), the high-flying Italian act demonstrated an uncanny ability to pull in rock, gothic, and metal audiences. The band’s spirited and lauded live performances have also earned them a solid reputation for a band that not only delivers night in/night out, but also a band whose stage performance reverberates long after the show is over. Indeed, Lacuna Coil’s heartfelt, heavy, melodic, and rhythmic metal-a hybrid of gothic, groove, and alternative-has created a rabid worldwide following. Whether it’s “Our Truth” and “Delirium” or “Nothing Stands in Our Way” and “Trip the Darkness,” Lacuna Coil’s dual-vocalist assault is immediately identifiable. New album, Black Anima, continues the Italian’s reign atop the metal stack.
Darkness which envelopes Finland is what fuels Blind Channel. The veritable coal to their roaring furnace of ambition, embracing it is the DNA that runs throughout their music. Balancing their tenacity with sincerity, “It’s this feeling of never being enough is what drives us forward right now,” vocalist Niko Vilhelm says.
When forming back in 2013 in the city of Oulu, way up in the North of Finland, vocalists Niko and Joel Hokka, drummer Tommi Lalli, guitarist Joonas Porko and bass player Olli Matela, plus the later addition of DJ/Percussionist Aleksi Kaunisvesi – knew that it was all about going big or going home. When they were told to sing in their native tongue, they refused. It was simply never an option. The doors that closed only made them want to grab an axe to break through, The Shining style, to properly make themselves known. This is exactly what they did when they found their way onto the largest stage in Europe: Eurovision, after competing in the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Finland’s annual contest to discover their entry. Winning the spot, by the largest landslide the competition has seen, Blind Channel captured and enamoured the continent with the fiery nu-metal charge of ‘Dark Side’.
Be warned however, Eurovision isn’t the crux of Blind Channel’s story. This stepping stone that saw them take to that hallowed stage, was just that, a gambit towards the bigger picture.
I have been a fan of Lacuna Coil since I saw the video for “Heaven’s a Lie” on a late-night Metal TV show called Hard TV. I would love to take my girlfriend who has never seen them before, plus getting in for free gives me some cash for beer and souvenirs at the show.
I’m a huge Birthday Massacre fan! Always loved Lacuna Coil too! Would love to see them! 🙂
Would love to take my wife to this.
The husband and I never got a chance to celebrate our 13th anniversary so this would be amazing. We fell in love over our mutual adoration for metal & especially female led metal/rock!
Euro-metal? Sure, I’ll try that!
Gotta see Lacuna Coil!
YES!! This is going to be a heavy show! Love Cristina Scabbia’s voice, she is definitely one of the coolest and underrated women in metal. Lacuna Coil will not disappoint. Thanks for the chance, PDX Pipeline!
Lacuna Coil at Crystal Ballroom sounds like a treat! Big fan of The Birthday Massacre as well!
It would be cool to rock with bands from foreign lands!!!!!!!!!!
It was one of my all time favorite bands while growing up and reminds me of a close friend who had passed away. Seeing birthday massacre would just be icing on the cake.
I’ve been a fan of Birthday Massacre for a long while now. I’d love to see them live!
Send ya gurl! \m/
I’d like to attend since Lacuna’s “Comalies” is still one of my favorite albums, and I’m out of the loop so I’d love to hear what they’re up to these days in a live setting (I haven’t gotten to see them in concert in over a decade!). Add in Birthday Massacre and this is a killer bill I’d like to see!
I wanna see The Birthday Massacre!
Would love to see Birthday Massacre! I had this on ol’ Zune back in the day!
Love Lacuna Coil! great lineup!!
Gothic metal has never let us down!
What a show! I would love to take my partner to this. He’s a big fan but doesn’t plan very well. He wouldn’t be able to say no to some won tickets though. 🙂
I can think of no better way to celebrate my 57th birthday
Definitely would love to take the friends to see this, gonna be great
One of my 16 year old daughter’s top five favorites – Would be an awesome memory to create with her!
I’ll never forget buying their first EP 25 years ago? Wow they still are killin’ it! MUCHO LOVE for LC! ♤
I have always had to work on the nights Lacuna Coil has had a concert in Portland the last few times and I have Sundays off now so I would be able to attend. I love their Album “Karmacode” and the video for the song “Enjoy the Silence” was filmed in Portland.
An amazing reason to take a trip to Portland for the weekend! Sounds like an amazing lineup.
Love Lacuna Coil! Cristina Scabbia is one of the best vocalist ever! Such a great singer🎤seeing them perform live would be truly amazing!🤘
May 7th is my birthday, what a perfect way to celebrate 🍾
Time to dust off the velvet and shine up the points!
This would be such fun! 🖤
Dynomite line up! Would love to take my daughter to this show. Please add name to drawing
A good friend is into this stuff. Would be cool to take him.
This guy is ready to rock
I would like to win. This is an incredible lineup with several great acts performing together. My wife and I have some varied tastes in music but these are acts that we both love, primarily Birthday Massacre and Lacuna Coil. This would be a great opportunity for us to both enjoy an event together.
Lacuna Coil would be so cool to see. I’d love to go to this show.
I would like yo bring my goth child to this
Whew! This is a good one. I would LOVE to attend this show.
Amazing lineup! I would love to see this show with my husband, we’ve both been fans for ages!
I LOVE TBM! I’ve been listening to them since ’03! Loved Lacuna Coil for a long time too!
gonna be a MIND-BLOWing shoW