Lacuna Coil
Karmacode


1.0
awful

Review

by Starblind USER (28 Reviews)
September 16th, 2012 | 22 replies | 1,297 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As if we needed another reason to say "Comalies" is a masterpiece.

2 of 10 thought this review was well written

Oh man, I wish I had even bothered to go into the bonus tracks of Guitar Hero III and played "Closer" before I even laid my hands on a copy. They made two amazing gothic and beautiful masterpieces before this and suddenly they sound like every nu-metal band out there.

I got into the Coil after a friend of mine showed me the track "Senzafine". I thought it was a beautiful track and being sung in Italian just made it even more gorgeous. I had to have a copy of this album. So she made copies of "In a Reverie" and "Comalies" for me and couldn't stopmlistening to them. Lacuna Coil were my new obsession for the time being and their music had me sold- beautiful gothic melodies, and a perfect chemistry between Andrea and Cristina.

A few months later I went and bought "Karmacode". Boy, what a surprise and not in a good way.

Seriously, every song on the album sounds the ***ing same. Why would they do this? By the time "Our Truth" was finished I wanted to vomit. This isn't Lacuna Coil. This is ***ing KORN with a chick singer. Same down tuned guitars, simplistic basslines, etc. If I knew most of the tracks would sound like "Our Truth", I'd have stayed far away. The amazing dreamscapes sometimes painted by the guitars on the first two albums were replaced by dirge-like nu-metal passages

In addition, Cristina sings way too low on this album. I know that when someone exhibits such vocal gymnastics like on the previous two albums, it is a no brainer to spend a bit more time in your lower register, but her beautiful vocals have been watered down, and there's too much Andrea Ferro here as well. He gets in the way sometimes and it's just excruciating to listen to. One particularly hilarious part is on "Fragments of Faith" when he randomly growls, "WHERE IS THE PAAAAAIN???? SOMEWHERE DOWWWWWWWWNNNNNN!!!!!!!"

The lyrics are excruciatingly terrible too, and appear to have been written by a six year old. I know the band are Italian but COME ON. Particularly from "Within Me": "There's something about you that makes me feel bad." REALLY?! Thankfully it gets much worse on from here and sometimes just freaking hilarious.

Oh, but there is one upside. I liked their cover of "Enjoy the Silence".

Sadly the band continued their downward spiral with "Shallow Life" and I haven't even bothered with "Dark Adrenaline" yet. If you want the real Coil, get the first two albums. Trust me on this one.



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truekebabpower
September 16th 2012



639 Comments


Funny, I was just thinking how this is underrated. And fine, I get it, their earlier albums are better and just please stop it with the Korn comparisons. You didn't say anything new, except said a few curse words here and there to show us your being unnecesserily emotional and subjective about this album making you're retardedly low score even more retarded.

SupItsKJ
September 16th 2012



122 Comments


they don't sound anything like korn wtf

truekebabpower
September 16th 2012



639 Comments


Maybe a little, but Korn with a chick singer lol

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2012



49955 Comments


karma
karma
karma
karma
karma chameleon


Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

ConcubinaryCode
September 16th 2012



2059 Comments


Nice recommendations dude.

truekebabpower
September 16th 2012



639 Comments


Not sure if bad trolling or just really hates the album

GarlicBreath
September 16th 2012



149 Comments


This band has always been mediocre. Good review

MTObsidian
September 16th 2012



118 Comments


Album isn't that bad...

pizzamachine
September 16th 2012



12571 Comments


Still an enjoyable, underrated album.

someguest
September 16th 2012



20393 Comments


karma
karma
karma
karma
karma chameleon


*cheesy harmonica*

wee da weedle do

Digging: Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2012



1851 Comments


They sound like Korn? Really? I think someone needs to actually listen to this album instead of passing a whole judgement over a couple of songs. And this album has quite a lot of variation about it.

Seems like this review is full of rage, all because it isn't as good as the first three coil albums.

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zaruyache
September 16th 2012



6121 Comments


Within Temptation is better agreed.

Digging: Emerald Weapon - Part II: Earth Encrypted

NoMeansYes
September 16th 2012



1012 Comments


this ain't great but it ain't a 1

breakingthefragile
September 16th 2012



2954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Within Temptation is better disagreed.

truekebabpower
September 16th 2012



639 Comments


so I'm not the only likes this record I see

BloodandRainbows
September 16th 2012



221 Comments


Summary of this review: "As if we needed another reason to say "Comalies" is a masterpiece."

Summary for "The Unspoken King" (2008): "As if we needed another reason to say None So Vile is
awesome."

On purpose?


breakingthefragile
September 16th 2012



2954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Within Temptation try to strike this middle-ground between enormous symphonic orchestration and accessible alternative metal, and I think they do a pretty shaky job at it most of the time, that's just my opinion though. Mother Earth is an incredible album though.

breakingthefragile
September 16th 2012



2954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have, and I think it's great. They've been going consistently strong with their sound, and while I think The Unforgiving is more of the same, I really love the whole concept album thing that they attempted with it. Still though, I think that Mother Earth hits the hardest out of any of their albums. Because I really hear them achieving that authentic value to all those Celtic and Gothic metal influences they have, and I think the progressive current that runs through Mother Earth gives the album's compositions an extra epic edge.

breakingthefragile
September 16th 2012



2954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree, that's exactly what I'm saying. They're reaching for such gigantic heights with the symphonic metal competent, but at the same time they're trying to mix in elements of mainstream hard rock and some industrial here and there, it really just distracts from the symphonic elements and drags that main part of their sound down. What I think would be interesting is if they brought back the doom metal influences they used to have, that would really aid their ambition now better than it did when they were just starting out.

breakingthefragile
September 16th 2012



2954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A stripped down acoustic album where they could really bring in some more orchestral elements would really amplify the symphonies as well. I know they already released a live album where they did that, but I'd like to hear a studio version.



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