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Lacuna Coil - Karmacode Review

by Morley Seaver

I didn't think so much of this record on the first few spins. I really liked the band's last record Comalies and somehow this didn't do it for me. Recently, however, I've really come around to it. Looking back, I don't know what the problem was. It has all of the elements that we've come to expect from our favorite Italian band. Christina's soaring vocals are as favorable as always and the band brings the crunch that is integral to the Lacuna Coil sound.

This time out though, the vocals of Andrea Ferro are featured more so there is less of Christina in a way. The best cut is "Within Me" a slower track that has an undeniable melody line and a great vocal. The opening track "Fragile" is also pretty good with the distinctive ethnic elements that are a subtle but important part of the band.

The rest of the record offers no surprises and that's the only real grumble. The band has said that they thought spending more time in America has made a difference in their sound and I would have to agree with that. Karmacode lacks the variety that was on Comalies and previous releases and the sound is slightly muddier. Fans will still like this but people that thought this would be the killer breakout release for the band might have to wait for the nest one.

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