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by Lacuna Coil

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Many fans of prog metal would like to believe that once upon a time, the dramatic mood and operatic self-importance that define the genre came as a natural result of the music's compositional influences, and only recently has the over-the-top tone taken priority over musical quality. Whether or not such a magical time ever really existed, See more details below


Many fans of prog metal would like to believe that once upon a time, the dramatic mood and operatic self-importance that define the genre came as a natural result of the music's compositional influences, and only recently has the over-the-top tone taken priority over musical quality. Whether or not such a magical time ever really existed, Lacuna Coil hearkens back to those possibly imaginary days with their 2006 release Karmacode. The Italian sextet's songwriting and instrumentation directly reflect the original naming of metal as a separate mineral from rock & roll, with a seamless blend of classical music and modern rock. As a result, the disc seems refreshingly self-possessed. The band doesn't intentionally shy away from the stylistic qualifiers that have come to exemplify progressive metal, it just allows the theatrical elements to emerge on their own. The album's goth voice, for instance, is readily apparent without desperate or forced attempts at spooky compositions, because it shines through in truly inspired melodies that just happen to be ethereal, exotic, and chilling. Likewise, Karmacode achieves communion with its power metal roots in songs written in an epic fashion, from the bottom up rather than through lyrics about dragons and elves. Karmacode seems immune to even the gloomier and more widespread trappings of metal, expressing emotion in ways that sound almost freakishly earnest and genuine. In addition to all of this potentially boring integrity, the disc is highly listenable. Though obviously unconcerned with finding a place in the mainstream, this release just as cool and catchy as anything by Evanescence, a band who took the causal switch between tone and musicality one step further, creating a pop version of an already diluted brand of metal. At least some generous chunk of the record's compelling nature can be attributed to singer Cristina Scabbia's enthralling timbre -- her reverberating call over the repeating choruses toward the end of the group's "Enjoy the Silence" cover makes this disc worth the price of purchase. The frontwoman was born with a strong, unique voice and would probably create bizarrely charismatic renditions of show tunes if that was her chosen art. Lucky for prog fans, her interests lie far from Broadway and with a style to which she brings dexterous technical skill, as well as a refreshing delivery. Despite Scabbia's attention-grabbing sound and stage presence, the album still has each bandmember to thank for its success, not to mention producer Waldemar Sorychta; they have done their jobs so deftly that one could easily opt out of paying attention to the sophisticated and complex nature of their creation and just enjoy the ride. ~ Cammila Albertson

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Karmacode 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
A radical departure from all that came before by this band, and I thank them heartily for it. Yes, the music on almost every song sounds just like Korn, but the vocal delivery is different as Cristina sounds awesome and the harmonies are very interesting. Overall this album has more of an edge than their previous works; I think this is a very good thing. The Depeche Mode cover rocks, and Without Fear is gorgeous (featuring Italian lyrics - we need more of this)!
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I've been a Lacuna Coil fan for about three years and I'll have to say Karmacode is their weakest album yet. However, I'm glad LC experiemented with their sound. Karmacode, in my opinion, has the least-meaningful lyrics of all their albums and the songs sound similar with the repetitve guitar parts. LC are my favourite band, and there are many catchy and very well-played songs on this CD. But for me, the sound quality isn't high on the CD itself. (go see them live for the real thing!) I rated it a four because I think the pace and energy of the CD is great and Andrea has really improved on his vocals. Many new fans will like this album. If you want a true masterpiece, pick up Unleashed Memories by Lacuna Coil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing cd! Its been 4 years since LC released an album and its been well worth the wait. I dont think this is their best album, but its still excellent. You should definitely buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sounds like Americanized generic metal. Evanescence is doing the Korn covers, while Lacuna are doing the Korn sound. I hate to mention Evanescence,(not a band of my choice) but in this case... Lacuna Coil are riding on their coat tails, not purposely. It seems that the female fronted rock is all about being marketed in the most mind numbing ways. Karmacode is a little too "modern radio-ized." Female fronted metal bands have been a thing in the past, especially in early-mid 90's Scandanavia. Now, it's common because it's easy to sell. Some of the tracks are unlistenable, in my opinion. It's hard to get into the album when there isn't as much creativity and passion, and not to mention, originality put into the tracks. Excluding, "You create", "Without fear" Within me" and "Enjoy the Silence", this album is below or resting right at average. However, Unleashed Memories will always be purely about the music. There are some of the most beautiful melodies on that album. All of them are listenable. This album rests way above average with wonderful works such as The Gatherings-"Mandylion" and Theatre of Tragedy's "Aegis."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karmacode is an amazing peice of work. Cristina & Andrea have grown more mature & powerful with the vocals as they continually do on each release. The band keeps writing more interesting and memorable songs, I love the theme and structure of this album. Get it now!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest album of theirs and the best. I semi agree with the rest of the reveiwers when I first heard this album. I thought it was too popish and it betrayed their original sound. But then I relized what had happened. They had far less of the shouting fool of a male vocalist in here! I was overjoyed! They got the hint that people just didn't like Christinia's wonderful voice getting stomped on by a horrid wanna be death metal scream. The group does try new things, mostly with Christina's vocals. If you listen they try to add some of the orient in this newest album. That is actually great since Christina loves Asian culture! The video that comes on the cd will tell you that much. I think this album only improves on the foundation that Lacuna Coil has built up with previous albums. Highly recommended as their best album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
dude this album is amazing! i have all their cd's but this and Comalies are their best to me. i like every single song on the CD. Some of their older Cds arent as good but they suprised me with this one. The next release will be alot better believe it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seen them the other day for the first time on the Ozzfest 2006 tour. Not a heavy metal fan but went with a friend. Lacuna Coil was the best group and now I am fan! Catch the Ozzfest tour if you can!
LP_Music_Critique More than 1 year ago
Christina Scabbia has been voted as one of the "Hottest Chicks in Metal"! She is also one of the "Heavy Metal Goddesses"! This album is proof of why she deserves those titles! Her voice (along with Andrea Ferro) has a ghostly, but absolutely beautiful sound! All the riffs, choruses, and hook in these 13 songs are absolutely catchy and very original. This is one of my favorite metal albums of all time, and it is definitely Lacuna Coil's best album. It's far better than than self-titled EP album "Lacuna Coil". It also far better than "Comalies", "In a Reverie", "Unleashed Memories", and "Shallow Life".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was all hyped up for this cd- and then was faced with crushing disappoint. Although they do have some reflections of their old stlye, they've changed to a twangy, distorted bass, repetitive lyrics, and a more pop-ish sound. And their second single they released from this- ugh! They're trying too hard to get onto US radios. I hope they go back to the great band they were before.
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