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Karmacode [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

Lacuna Coil Audio CD
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1. Fragile
2. To The Edge
3. Our Truth
4. Within Me
5. Devoted
6. You Create
7. What I See
8. Fragments Of Faith
9. Closer
10. In Visible Light
11. The Game
12. Without Fear
13. Enjoy The Silence (Depeche Mode cover song)

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1st new album in almost four years! Massive anticipation amongst their legions of diehard fans. Long-time producer Waldemar Sorychta once again handled production duties, while the recording was mixed by Ronald Prent (Rammstein, H.I.M.) and mastered by Darcy Proper (Porcupine Tree, R.E.M.) in Belgium. Karmacode features the singles "Our Truth" & "Closer". Previous release, Comalies, has `Scanned over 230,000 copies to date and continues to sell strong."Karmacode is an enthralling mixture of massive guitars, pummeling drums, ethereal keyboards, and lush vocal arrangements, with Middle Eastern drones and tribal percussion breaks thrown in for extra spice. Karmacode will surely be one of the hottest releases of 2006." - Revolver.

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Lacuna Coil ~ Karmacode

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid From Start To Finish April 5 2006
By Ryan
Format:Audio CD
It is obvious from the start of the album that this band has matured. Solid writing, precise playing. I have, and will continue to claim this band as one of the better ones out there. This album should set them apart as one of the premiere new faces in Heavy Metal. From the start of Fragile, through to the strong cover of Depeche Mode at the end, this band displays how versatile they can be. One minute smashing your head to the heavy guitars/bass to another minute where Christina's strong voice lends you to understand the band further. Forget the Evanescense comparisons. This band is stronger and significantly more talented. If you love heavy music, but want a complete package, this album is a great start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! April 9 2006
Format:Audio CD
It seems that with each album this band just keeps getting better and better! After "In A Reverie", I thought they were amazing...then close-to-perfect "Unleashed Memories" came out (I purchased the version with the "Halflife" EP added to it). And then after that, the almost immaculate "Comalies" was released. But with "Karmacode", I honestly believe this is their best to date.
1. Fragile (4/5) - great opening start, nice and heavy. It lets you know that this band means business.
2. To The Edge (6/5) - my personal favourite. Great rhthym, great vocalization...just an overall awesome song.
3. Our Truth (4/5) - originally featured on the "Underworld: Evolution" soundtrack, a good solid song.
4. Within Me (4/5) - a bit slower, a good duet between Cristina and Andrea.
5. Devoted (5/5) - another great rocker on this album. Like "To The Edge", I find myself hitting repeat for this one often.
6. You Create (3/5) - just an intro to "What I See". Cristina's voice is so beautiful though.
7. What I See (5/5) - what a great song this is! A nice HARD rocker of a tune!
8. Fragments of Faith (4/5) - if...and that is a big IF...there is a weak point to the album, you might say this is it. But don't mistake me on this one, it is still a good song.
9. Closer (5/5) - a nice upbeat tune with a different type of intro. A fun song to listen to.
10. In Visible Light (4/5) - another slower song...Cristina's deep voice fits this song well.
11. The Game (5/5) - Cristina's and Andrea's voices mix well on this one. Play this at 5 in the AM...it will definitely get you out of bed!
12. Without Fear (5/5) - Italian is such a beautiful language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff Dec 27 2008
Format:Audio CD
Just plain great music. I've only recently discovered Lacuna Coil and so far have not been disappointed at all. If you like Within Temptation, you will love Lacuna Coil.
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3.0 out of 5 stars average album April 20 2006
By hugues
Format:Audio CD
It seems that Lacuna Coil has become a top priority for Century Media. Something like "album of the year". No doubt they're about to put a lot of hope and money on one of their best-selling bands ever. Hype?
Actually, when listening to this album I get bored very quickly. This includes VERY repetitive riffing and choruses (I barely see any difference among the tracks...). Not that this is a bad album. But it undoubtedly does not deserve a special place in your discography. There is nothing new there. The recipe is quite close to the one they had on Comalies. Most of the songs on this one could have been on their previous effort by the way. In my opinion, Unleashed Memories and In a Reverie were more interesting. So, if you're a fan no doubt that you'll like this release; if not, you can easily skip Karmacode. Forget the hype. There are better ways to spend your money these days.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Expected May 3 2006
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Man, judging from the other reviews, longtime Lacuna Coil fans really don't seem to like Karmacode. I suppose I can understand why. I've been a fan of the band since their self-titled EP and saw them in concert supporting bands they have since overshadowed. On the one hand, I think everyone wants the band to experience the success they deserve. On the other hand, I think we tend to regard Lacuna Coil as "our band" and don't want to see them get so big they become some unrecognizable MTV entity.

A lot of things have changed since Comalies was released. Evanescence's success cast a spotlight on this kind of music, and Lacuna Coil started to garner some much deserved attention as a result. The band's videos from Comalies enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV's metalcore obsessed Headbanger's Ball. The band even secured a spot on the Ozzfest lineup. These factors were bound to play a role in the direction of Lacuna Coil's next album, and the fear was that the band would take a more accessible, nu-metal influenced route. With Karmacode, the band did exactly that.

But it works.

I was a total skeptic going in, but after a few short weeks Karmacode is fast becoming my favorite Lacuna Coil album. Yes, there are some nu-metal elements, most notably the much more prominent, Korn-style bass sound. Christina & co. don't resort to rapping, but there is a sharper vocal delivery on some tracks. It's as if they looked at the various elements of American metal and incorporated those elements that would truly enhance their music. This isn't some shameless attempt to win over American audiences, but rather an example of a band willing to grow and progress.

As much as I enjoyed Comalies, In a Reverie, and Unleashed Memories, each album had a very similar sound, and had some less than exciting moments. Karmacode is not only a step forward in terms of style, but is also the first Lacuna Coil album that stays interesting from start to finish. The album's first three tracks (including the single Our Truth, which never fails to have me turning up the volume and banging my head) hit so hard that by the time the slower-paced Devoted comes around; you need to take a deep breath. Then it's right back to heavier songs until the album's closer, a faithful and appropriate rendition of Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence. Throw in a video clip for Our Truth, a documentary video, and a price tag under $10, and you have an album that is a winner any way you look at it.

While I can partially understand some of the negative reaction, it's hard to reconcile that with the fact that Karmacode is so freaking good. If this album gives Lacuna Coil more mainstream success and a wider audience, then so be it. They have nothing to be ashamed of (quite the opposite) with Karmacode, and deserve whatever success they get.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music does not have to fit into a genre to be good! Feb. 12 2007
By a music person - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've noticed many reviewers have a tendency to compare Lacuna Coil - and this album in particular - to bands that represent a particular genre. My advice to you is this: don't. Don't expect this album to sound just like Evanescence, or Paradise Lost, or Korn, or any other band. Lacuna Coil is an unusual blend of elements from metal, gothic rock, pop, and probably a few other things I'm not thinking of off the top of my head. The lead singer has a pretty voice, and a decent range, but don't expect her to show it most of the time - the song is more important here than how many trills the singer can do, how fast the bassist can play, or how complicated a riff the guitarist can play. This album is loaded with hooks (usually played by the bassist), and brimming with meaning. I've seen a lot of people say they are disappointed that there aren't a lot of solos, etc. to show off the various talents of the band members. If they had paid more attention to the lyrics, they would have known why. It seems to me that this is a concept album about dealing with disease and death, and the songs seem tailored to express the feelings that go along with that. Solos would have been out of place here, as the main emotions are despair and helplessness. That said, Lacuna Coil ends the album on a more positive note, with their cover of "Enjoy the Silence", which makes it seem like Lacuna Coil are saying, "Yes, there's death, but there's also life." I can't read the band members' minds, but that's what this album says to me. It is deeply emotional, touching, and should be judged as a work of art - not by how well it fits into expectations created by genre divisions.
42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, nothing more April 7 2006
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
On 2003's "Comalies," this Italian six piece goth-metal band finally got noticed. "Comalies" sold several hundred thousand copies, and boasted a couple of catchy singles, so it was thought of as a "breakthrough album." But instead of signing to a major record label, Lacuna Coil stuck with their current one, Century Media, and released their fourth full length disc.

"Karmacode" is somewhat of an experimental album, since a few new ingredients are also sprinkled on here and there. "Our Truth," for instance, makes effective use of tribal drums; and "In Visible Light" features (what sounds like) violins.

But this band's same basic sound is still here, with crunchy guitar riffs and frontwoman Cristina Scabbia's impressive, limpid singing. "What I See," "Closer," and "The Game" are all traditional Lacuna Coil tracks, with punching, almost Korn-esque guitars and soaring vocals.

Other highlights include the aforementioned "Our Truth," which is the album's first single, but the churning album opener, "Fragile," is probably this record's catchiest song. And, lastly, "You Create" is a pretty (albeit short) song, with a spacey vibe and intoxicating vocals.

"Karmacode" suffers a little bit from a somewhat thin production job (especially on the guitars), but it's still definitely worth buying for all Lacuna Coil fans. It isn't a mind-blowing album, or a huge leap forward from "Comalies," but it is very solid and completely listenable.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not sound like the great band that they are. April 21 2006
By Roanld Tieder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The thing I loved the most about lacuna coil was that there music had feeling, like the song entwined off of comilies. This album however lacks any feeling it just seems that they tryed to be heavier. I Have all four of the lacuna coil albums and this is by far my least favorite, If they keep going in this direction I will probably not buy another album of thiers.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Grief is the light" Sept. 29 2006
By D. Knouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lacuna Coil successfully upholds the Goth-Rock tradition with this solid effort after their immensely successful "Comalies." Like "Comalies" the production value on "Karmacode" is exemplary, but "Comalies" is nowhere near as bass-heavy as "Karmacode." Even on the slower songs such as "Within Me" the chorus is carried by a commanding bass line. While I love the diversity of songcraft on "Comalies" I also enjoy the headbanging quality of many of the songs on "Karmacode." The emphasis is once again centered on those glorious female vocalizations and quality arrangements, but on no previous album do these guys sound more like a complete band with equal contributions from all than on "Karmacode." There is really only one song on this album that I would consider second-rate by comparison to the other tracks and that is "Closer" with a chorus that has a level of catchiness to it that borders on annoying. The closing song is an excellent cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" that had my complete attention and smiling the first time around. For all their commercial accessibility Lacuna Coil has maintained a Goth-Rock sensibility on "Karmacode" that is admirable and dare I say it...fun to hear. Thank you.
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