Sound — 9
Karnivool has finally released another album, titled "Asymmetry." This album has been quite a few years in the waiting, but was definitely well worth the wait as the band's sound continues to build on the musical complexity of the "Sound Awake" album. Perhaps what makes this album unique in relation to prior releases is the willingness of the band to experiment with ambient tracks which create unusual feels between certain songs (the title track "Asymmetry" is certainly a good example of this experimentation). Between these experimentations comes that same well crafted Karnivool sound we have all grown accustomed to; a sound that can only be described as the best of the progressive scene. Another thing to make note of is the beauty and time that was put into the album artwork. Both the normal and deluxe album covers offer a visual sense of intricacy that compliments the sounds of the album well.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrically this album has to be the best yet! You can really see how the band members are continuing to grow in their songwriting through their lyrical ideas, which are built upon mostly problems that nearly everyone in the world has or will face. Their single "We Are" is a prime example of the lyrical complexity that has been added to this album, which is a perfect balance to the complexity of the music. The song talks about the issues that the world is dumping on the younger generation, and the band states that they wish they could "reset it all." The singer is perhaps one of the most impressive elements of the album. In songs where it is easy to lose yourself in the change of time signatures and catchy guitar riffs, the vocals are still able to remain the primary focus and deliver the exact emotions that most effectively compliment the song.
Overall Impression — 9
This album truly is the best of the progressive scene today. Songs such as "We Are," "The Refusal," and "Sky Machine" will become an instant, essential part of your music library and will leave you wanting more. However, the songs "Asymmetry," and "Amusia" may prove to be a bit on the more experimental side of the album and may not sit well with all of the album's listeners. All in all, this album is great if you love the new progressive era and may end up broadening your horizons in the end of the day. I purchased the Deluxe version with the DVD included and would re-order it in a second if it were ever to be damaged.