Sound — 9
Regarding the band's 2007 live performances at European mega fests like Germany's Wacken and Japan's Loudpark, Lacuna Coil:Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul) certainly places the viewer however many thousand miles and oceans away he or she may have been from these specific events. It's as though he or she were at these very shows, taking in the majestic, gothically romantic performance. The audio is not note perfect, but then again, what live concert ever is? The songs still sound like the Lacuna Coil we've come to know and love.
Content — 9
At two discs, Lacuna Coil: Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul) is packed with Lacuna Coil bytes. There's a lot of material to sift through and yes, there are plenty of shots of jawdroppingly beautiful frontwoman, Cristina Scabbia, who has been known to set many a metalhead's heart aflutter! The first disc is to-be-expected, complete with live performances and videos from Karmacode, while the second disc is the behind-the-scenes stuff, including individual interviews with the band members about their beyond-the-band interests and while in their homes in Italy. These all access moments are most enlightening, since they detail Scabbia's involvement with Amref organization, which helps build water wells in Kenya, while guitarist Cristiano Pizza Migliore offers a tour of mountaintop towns in his native country, like he's your own personal Italian tour guide. It's visually arresting and is more appealing than simply following the band around on the road, like most other artist DVDs do in terms of their insider footage. The following the band shots are here, but that's not the extent of their specialness. There's a silly, pseudo movie featuring bassist Marco Maus Biazzi spending his days with his instrument, as though it's his girlfriend. Standards, like the band's inaugural trips to Australia and Japan - complete with fans gifting Cristina with roses - are also viewable.
Production Quality — 8
The whole day in the life of Lacuna Coil vibe is thoroughly present on the DVD and the viewer certainly ascertains an intimate perspective of the band and its members. You see a more playful side of a band with a gothic, serious image. The fan submissions, which were held via a YouTube contest, where the submissions that received the most comments were chosen for inclusion on the DVD, are probably the most intriguing elements of the DVD, as the band invited people to display their Lacuna Coil memories, including a short film inspired by the band's music, cell phone filmed performances, animated renditions, artist renderings and other assorted odds and sods. This is truly unique footage that you can't see or find anywhere else. The best of the fan contributions comes in the form of Chipcuna Coil, where a Lacuna Coil diehard turns the band into Alvin and the Chipmunks, by speeding up the music and drawing crude versions of the members where they resemble chipmunks.
Overall Impression — 8
Most fan experiences with Lacuna Coil probably happen from a distance. Lacuna Coil: Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul) reels the Coil'ers in and allows the fan to ride sidecar and to feel as though they are getting to know the band members on a personal basis. The mystique is lifted and the fan enters the world of one of Italy's finest rock bands. There's nothing super serious or shocking revealed in the commentary, but it's still fun to have one on ones with Scabbia and her bandmates. Lacuna Coil: Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul) has lots of layers and is perfect for one of those Sunday afternoons at home when you want to curl up with a beer or a glass of wine and indulge in one of your favorite bands without ever having to leave the confines of your house.