Karmacode is the album that it seems introduced many people to Gothic/alt metal band Lacuna Coil. Even though after listening to their previous releases I can safely say that I enjoy most of those more, Karmacode is still a favorite of mine.
Originally starting out as a Gothic metal band, Lacuna Coil didn't really reach fame till they released 'Karmacode'. Gone are all the Gothic elements from their previous albums, and in place of them are Alternative and Industrial metal sounds.
The music is like stated above, it is mostly alternative metal combined with some industrial sounds. Andrea Ferro's vocals are much cleaner he has less growls then he did on previous albums, and Christina Scabbia's vocals are still just as strong. Ferro actually is the lead singer on the opening song 'Fragile' which is kind of surprising, seeing as Scabbia usually leads. The bass is much more dominate on this album, being heard very clearly in many of the songs. The beginning of 'Closer' is where the bass is at one of its strongest moments.
The industrial sounds are heard mostly in the strong bass, but songs like 'What I See' has crunching guitar riffs that sound very industrial-like to me. Speaking of 'What I See', the opening track for 'What I See', 'You Create' brings back some of that classic Lacuna Coil feel. Another standout track is 'Our Truth', the most popular song from the album, great mix of melody and crunching guitar here. The amps at the end of the song and the crunching guitar fading in and out makes this track very unique.
Fans of the old Lacuna Coil will not be entirely disappointed, however. If you get the bonus track release, you get the songs 'Without a Reason' and 'Virtual Environment' which both have the style of older releases by the band.
Overall, 'Karmacode', in my opinion, is just as essential as the preceding albums. It may be a different style, but it's still just as good.
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