Artist: Lacuna Coil
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 4/4/2006
Genre: Gothic Rock
“Karmacode” is the long-awaited follow up to Lacuna Coil’s ground-breaking “Comalies” album and at first listen you will find that while this is a great production it is not exactly the same Lacuna Coil that we loved on the record that garnered them so much attention. As a fan of that album especially, I felt that the band was aiming a little more at the audience that follows Evanescence and there is some of that vibe happening in the music as well. Given that bands absence from new material when this hit the streets this was perhaps a good decision to make in order to fill the need for this style of music. I really enjoyed “Comalies” and it’s always hard to compare a follow up to an album that did so much for a bands career and became so endearing. Remember, it was released in 2003 and then found a special edition release with tons of bonus stuff in 2004. With “Comalies” they showed a lot more intensity and drive while this “Karmacode” seems to take a safer route and focus less on dramatics and more on atmosphere. “Closer” and “In Visible Light” in particular showcase this premise for me. I did not find the production to be as eerie as “Comalies” nor as much in your face. Tracks like “Fragile” and “To The Edge” are nice, but did not hit me with the same level of impact that “Heaven’s A Lie” did. Yes there are a couple of numbers that have the expected vibe such as “Closer” and “The Game”, but overall the whole release seems like the band was trying different things with some of the songs on this one.
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