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Karnivool - Sound Awake CD (album) cover




Heavy Prog

4.07 | 274 ratings

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Erik Nymas
4 stars Awake but still forgotten


This is the 1st time I write ''live'' on progarchieves (I'm used to write offline on a txt file before posting a review), anyway let's go straight to the reason why I'm here! Karnivool are almost unknown outside of Australia, founding this album was a mere coincidence and well...

Main Theme

... let's say I've got luck. Karnivool's music is a bit heavier than other heavy prog groups: you'll find that listening to the strong Goliath, which remark the inspirations of the band, anyway powerfull but still enjoyable, while the opener and New Day follow a more delicate & dynamical sound, excellent lyrics, and lots of atmospheres in Umbra (great drum opening), while the catchy All I know get a great conclusion (powerfull almost as Goliath), there is time for another demonstration in The Caudal Lure which remark the openings. The last two song are the longest and bring to the listener a more complex structure while Deadman dances between the powerfull of drums and a spacey guitar, Changes works more on vocals & atmospheres, while drums & guitar become more a support (apart from the solo drum in the middle, quite useless for me)...


... there are some weak points in the album: the grunge of Set Fire to the Hive is the lowest part of this work, while dark atmosphere of Illumine trow away the good balance kept for the entire album. Listening to it I've found some ''inspiration'' from other groups (Tools almost, while someone say TMV without any reason - no experimentation here sorry!), the great passages on main tracks keep this work over the 4 stars but I cannot call it masterpiece, since 4.5 rounded down.

Erik Nymas | 4/5 |


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