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EDITORS’ NOTES

On Karnivool’s second album, the Aussies make a gutsy leap from aggressive alt-metal to complex prog. Singer Ian Kenny shows off his Brit-rock-style falsetto, while drop-tuned guitars meet fretwork bathed in reverb. The extended pieces "Deadman" and "Change" showcase the band's ambition: The latter, piercing the 10-minute mark, is built upon rolling tabla and drum-corps beats that will leave you dizzy. The band's aggro vibe hasn’t mellowed entirely though: “Set Fire to the Hive” is a hornet's nest of buzzing riffs and twisted fuzz bass.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Karnivool’s second album, the Aussies make a gutsy leap from aggressive alt-metal to complex prog. Singer Ian Kenny shows off his Brit-rock-style falsetto, while drop-tuned guitars meet fretwork bathed in reverb. The extended pieces "Deadman" and "Change" showcase the band's ambition: The latter, piercing the 10-minute mark, is built upon rolling tabla and drum-corps beats that will leave you dizzy. The band's aggro vibe hasn’t mellowed entirely though: “Set Fire to the Hive” is a hornet's nest of buzzing riffs and twisted fuzz bass.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

175 Ratings

Pure Excellence.

J.W.E.,

I only really became a Karnivool fan about a month ago, but I am a trained musician and drummer of 12 years. I know music very well; most of my time for the past decade has been spent listening to Tool, Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta, and a few others in addition to some classical and jazz. I seem to recall that Karnivool said this album was going to be less technical and more fluid. It is actually MORE technical and more fluid. Certainly, there is more feeling on this album than on Themata, and the music sounds much more natural.

Sound Awake is an album that achieves a rare combination of musical intellect, precision, and emotion. Every member of the band shines in every song. The dissonant melodies are there, the rhythmic complexity is there. Everything about this album just feels great, and it's rewarding to listen to. With Sound Awake, Karnivool deserves to be mentioned among the ranks of prog rock/metal pioneers, like the 3 bands I mentioned earlier, despite the fact that this is only their second album. They have evolved considerably since Themata, and the direction they have taken is very bold, but impressive because they pulled it off so well. The dynamics of Sound Awake are those of a much more mature band; the ambience and the quiet, heart-felt moments add the touch and the genuine feeling that Themata lacked on a certain level. Themata showed that Karnivool had potential; Sound Awake proves that they are actually challenging themselves to reach that potential and BE great, something that is rare in this world of Green Days and Nicklebacks.

Buy this album immediately. You will not regret it. The Australian rock/metal scene is deserving of more recognition than it currently receives, and Karnivool are proof of that.

Beyond epic

Exuvium,

Karnivool is one of my favorite bands, you never hear bands like this on the radio, that's why I never listen to it. Karnivool is a unique band and kicks rap music out of history, AMEN

About Karnivool

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 to work on a self-titled EP. This was followed by the full-length albums Persona in 2001 and Themata in 2005. Lead guitarist Drew Goddard played most of the drums on Themata and also began contributing his own songs, which were written in an unusual combination of dropped-B and standard E tuning. This became their trademark as the band moved away from their early nu-metal sound towards a more progressive style heavily influenced by Tool. New drummer Steve Judd was brought in for their live shows and then became a permanent member of the band. American label Bieler Bros. Records gave Themata a U.S. release in 2007. In 2009, Karnivool released Sound Awake, which debuted at number two in the ARIA album charts and was a top-seller in Australia's independent chart. ~ Jody Macgregor

  • ORIGIN
    Perth, Australia
  • FORMED
    1997

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