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Heavy Mosh-Worthy Grooves Minus Diversity and Depth

If anything, ‘Persona’ really indicates how far Karnivool have come as songsmiths since it’s release. Any good Vool fan would have this EP in their collection, although many don’t as it wasn’t so readily available until recently, so thanks to iTunes it’s now just a few clicks away. Those of us who cut their teeth on ‘Themata’ as a first offering from the band will really know what a quantum leap that 1st album is compared to this slightly adolescent EP. If you thrive on crunching low, heavy grooved based drop tuned guitar, ‘Persona’ delivers in that department but the superb melodic guitar textures of both ‘Themata’ and the most recent ‘Sound Awake’ leaves ‘Persona’ somewhat 2 dimensional. The absents of Mark Hosking’s guitar prowess, who had not yet joined the band at this stage, is sorely missed. This EP is the most constant Karnivool recording in that it contains only one style and sound that reeks of “Nu Metal”, although Drew Godard and the boys do offer more than that here, it is Ian Kenny’s vocals that marks the most noticeable difference between this EP and future releases. Kenny contains that youthful energy here that only comes with the age yet he really hasn’t established his own identity or style at this point. His evolution from ‘Persona’ (originally released 2001) to 2005 when ‘Themata’ was released is astonishing as this debut EP displays a more generic vocal performance, slightly thin and shaky at times. With that said, he does offer more on ‘Persona’ than other vocalists the from the Nu Metal genre (I feel like I just swore) in the way of melody and interesting vocal phrasing. For those that are unfamiliar with Karnivool, Nu Metal shouldn’t really be used in the same sentence as them: they deserve better. Too much criticism can not be laid down on ‘Persona’ as it is still a solid foundation on which the band worked from to reach the heights they now hold. It’s heavier riffs are still carried within the framework of current material but somehow I can’t imagine a diehard fan of ‘Persona’ being satisfied with the more spacious and subtle sounds that Karnivool produce today. In a way you could compare this EP to silverchair’s ‘Freak Show’ and their evolution to ‘Neon Ballroom’ from the former being more a crunch groove based album and the latter being more about melody and dynamics. As far as comparing the two bands, don’t even entertain the thought! Regardless of ‘Persona’s’ slight sonic immaturity, keep in mind the opening track ‘Fade’ has been a live favourite for years and still holds up strong today (although Ian Kenny’s current form and performance outshines this studio version), it is still a great mosh-fest of material which should be visited live by the band from time to time. The track ‘Featherweight’ is also worthy of mention for the groove and heaviness alone, with a chorus that nearly contains enough hook to be considered great but just doesn’t quite get there. The last track ‘Some More Of The Same’ is the most reminiscent of the material off ‘Themata’ being the EP’s most diverse arrangement with moments magic and classic trademark Vool. As for the other tracks, it’s all much of a muchness and nothing really stands out as exceptional.

One of perths best band

These guys are sick and better than kenny's other band birds of Tokyo


Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh! Hell yeah


Formed: 1997 in Perth, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Karnivool started out as a high school band in 1997, playing parties around Perth focusing on covers of Nirvana and Carcass with a handful of original songs thrown into the mix. After a year of this, singer Ian Kenny decided to change the focus to purely original material, getting rid of the original bandmembers -- who had been called "a bunch of clowns" around Perth, hence the name Karnivool -- and recruiting guitarists Drew Goddard and Mark Hosking, bass player Jon Stockman, and drummer Ray Hawking...
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Persona, Karnivool
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 05 December 2005

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