Lacuna Coil – Karmacode

Release Date: April 4, 2006
Reviewed by Andy Seabright

Lacuna Coil have been one of those bands who’s been around for awhile in the underground scene in Europe, eventually breaking out to a massive U.S. audience thanks to their debut on Ozzfest’s Second Stage back in 2004 and again in 2006 on the Main Stage. As far as I know Karmacode is Lacuna Coil’s sixth studio album. But I’ve only heard two.

The album’s opener “Fragile” booms in with down tuned, thunderous riffs and hypnotic vocals from Cristina Scabbia. Followed next by the song “To the Edge” which pretty much gives you the exact same thing, with a catchy melody to match. Then the new hit single “Our Truth” and so on and so on. Then the album ends with a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”. And out of all the bands that I’ve heard cover that particular song, I still say that It Dies Today’s rendition of it is still the best.

Overall the album doesn’t really give you much. I seem to argue a lot with people about Karmacode. I still claim that their previous release Comalies was far better, but I always get the argument over it. In the end the album it alright on it’s own, but compared to other releases by Lacuna Coil, it’s a run-of-the-mill piece of work at best. If you’re a big fan of Lacuna Coil then by all means go pick it up, otherwise if you’re looking to get your hands on an album that has the song “Our Truth” then I would just say pick of any of the multiple soundtracks that it’s on.


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