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Karnivool Holds Aggression Down Under

Posted by Scotio on April 11, 2008

The Down Under has become an awakened sleeping giant in the musical field, of late. Though, their main musical output has been Indie bands and Electronic masterminds, that isn’t all that they have to offer. Since Silverchair has switched over to a much more mellow side of things, there’s been a void of Crunchiness in Rock Music from the tiny continent. That’s where Karnivool comes in. This quintet from Perth is here to let the world know that Australia has a right to claim at the Family Values tour with their album Themata. The title track, “Themata” showcases hints of Adema during their brief stint at giving out the flavor. Belting out the chorus “It’s so good to see, this world is not mine!” lead singer Ian Kenny lets it be known that he can deliver with the best of them. The opening cut “C.O.T.E.” is as cunningly spectacular as some of the best songs that Korn has churned out in their career. Having equal parts ambiently mellow and rippingly alternative, the song does anything but disappoint newcomers to the band. On “Shutterspeed,” Kenny actually starts to vocally resemble Dryden Mitchell from Alien Ant Farm, but more with more aggression and intensity. “Sewn And Silent” being that majority of the song is composed of acoustic guitar sounds and chilled drum tracks for half of it, it has to be the softest and most emotional song on the album. A song of loveloss and torn feelings, it definitely can soften up the Alt. Metalist inside of most folks. The band also dives deeper into their Hardcore/Metal side on the instrumental track “Scarabs.” Bringing the force that could make a Slipknot fan do a double take at this talented young band. Kenny and company moves in Tool/A Perfect Circle-influenced performance on “Synops.” Ian croons into the mic in full fledged Maynard James Keenan-style, while the rest of the band bleeds their hearts out on their respective instruments. Though not emotional, the track is deeply moving and resonates in monumental fashion. The surefire highlight of the album is the song “L1KEL1KE.” Possessing the sensibility that the times have a-changed, the band doesn’t solely rely on the heavy riffs of Drew Goddard & Mark Hosking and thunderous bass/drums combo of Jon Stockman & Steve Judd for the tune. They also had a subtle sense of electronic synths akin to how Linkin Park did on their debut album. Karnivool clearly shows that Australia is not a one-trick pony of a continent/country. Giving a perfect balance of creative edge to the masses that needs it, Themata (which was the Greek plural word for the Administrative Unit of Byzantine) clear administers it out in proper order.

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