Microreview: Lacuna Coil’s Karmacode

I’ve been a fan of Lacuna Coil for a couple of years now, but wasn’t hugely impressed with their last album, Comalies. So when Karmacode was released this month, I found myself surprised to be quite addicted. This album has more in common with their earlier work than with Comalies, yet injects some fairly interesting sounds and rhythms that are a little more playful than some of the plodding, measured songs.

The highlight of the album has to be their cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” though. I never liked the original mix much, given that I’m not a fan of the over-reverbed, electronic style of that mix. This one injects some Lacuna Coil metal into it while staying true to the original, so it’s eminently listenable. I’ve been playing that one song more than any other from the album for a few days now.

If you’re new to Lacuna Coil or goth-tinged metal, I’d recommend this album as a good starting point. If your only exposure to this kinda music has been Evanescence, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that Cristina Scabbia can actually sing without an autotuner. Give it a listen.

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