Paradise Lost - Camden Roundhouse
For the second time in two days I get to see Katatonia perform the entirety of their masterpiece Viva Emptiness live. Once again played in reverse order, it makes for a perfectly paced set, and one brimming with the most brilliant progressive doom. 'Evidence' has always been a real favourite of mine, and along with the likes of 'Complicity' and 'Ghost Of The Sun', they never fail to deliver. But the real treats are the rarer tracks, 'Inside The City Of Glass' – now with added vocals – and 'Omerta' are a privilege to see live - something I doubt will be repeated.
Lacuna Coil are always fun live, and in frontwoman Cristina Scabbia have a mesmeric stage presence. The songs are still enjoyable and memorable, but tonight they are not quite as engaging as they usually are. Too soon into their set do I find my mind wandering on to other matters, drifting away from the show in front of me. On the positive side, they do appear at last to have dropped their irritating cover of 'Enjoy The Silence' from the set, with the duo of 'Trip The Darkness' and 'Spellbound' now bringing proceedings to a close.
In celebrating 25 gloriously gloomy years, Paradise Lost have pulled together something of a greatest hits set for this tour, covering pretty much their entire history. They might be one of the most depressing bands around, but somehow they create some magnificent and frankly catchy songs in spite of it all. I am willing to bet that I was not the only soul humming 'Say Just Words' or 'Gothic' all the way home in the pouring rain. The night was also being recorded for the compulsory live album that these sort of celebratory tours demand; that in itself should serve as both a nice memento for all of us that were here, and as a 'best of' for those that have missed out.