LACUNA COIL – Karmacode

This Italian hard rock sextet always walked the line between gothic-metal and hard rock. With this latest offering they continue the trend with the nu-metal guitar sound quite prominent. The vocal harmony and lyrical moods layered with heavy guitars make for quite an accessible listen. At times it seems as if the male vocals are more dominant this time, but doesn’t overpower the presence of Cristina. Lacuna Coil has a less commercial feel than a band like Evanescence and also enter ballad territory on the track Within Me. The pleasant, non-threatening metal even head in a slight middle-eastern direction on. You also get borderline epic songs with a broad scope (like Fragments Of Faith) and an electro-pop feel on Closer (except for the presence of the rock guitars).
Overall the low tuned guitars and flapping bass strings are reminiscent of Korn. While on comparisons, traces of Paradise Lost also blur through. Their native tongue is used on the track Without Fear and they close the album with a cover of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence – a good rendition but not well placed, since everyone’s going to have Depeche Mode in their heads when they’ve finished listening to the record in stead of Lacuna Coil.
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4 / B
- PB

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- B - C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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