Sound — 9
I was first exposed to Karnivool when my brother bought me their first album called Persona. since then, Karnivool has blossomed to be one of the most unique and original sounding bands to ever come out of Australia, let alone Perth: the most secluded city in the world. coming from Perth myself I was incredibly proud to know that there is so much talent in my city. The first track 'Cote' leaves you drooling for more. beginning with a very interesting sounding intro, it goes into and verse which has a beginning comprising solely of bass harmonics. Even after only reaching that far I knew that this band was something special. You cannot help but wonder at the genius of Karnivool's guitarists. they manage to maintain an incredibly full sound in all their songs but hardly ever touch a power chord which is odd for a band in the metal genre. They also use a very large range of effects such a phase shifters and flangers. Their bassist never ceases to keep you interested with licks just plain fit. The drumming is also a big highlight. Most of the songs in the album have uncommon time signatures and the drummer maintains a very interesting beat with what he has. I found myself going back to songs just to listen to the drums alone.
Lyrics — 9
It is obvious to see that Ian Kenny (singer and front man) comes from a musical background. The lyrical content in every song is powerful enough to paint a picture but still leaves the listener with room to relate the words to him/herself. Throughout the album Kenny uses very subtle traces of word painting and ostinato which clearly outlines his musical education. As well as being and great lyricist, Ian Kenny's voice is just plain spectacular. His voice fits in perfectly with the instrumentation even with the high register that he has and an excessive use of falsetto. If you don't like his voice at first, be patient. I swear It'll grow on you.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall I can say without a doubt that this is the album I have ever listened to. Please tell me any flaws that you would like to point out about the album because I can honestly say that I can't find a single one. The main reason I love this album so much is it's originality. If you're bored of listening to the same old metal core or progressive rock then this is definately the album for you. It lets you know that there is still plenty of new ideas for music out there and it is truly an inspiration. Stand out tracks in the album for me were 'Cote', 'Themata' and 'Roquefort'. 'Shutterspeed' is also a catchy song with a very original sounding solo. If this album were ever stolen I would definately hunt down the guy who took it from me... and then go buy another copy just for the sake of it. And I was serious: please post anything that you don't like about the album so I can hear other peoples' opinions.