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5 stars 9/10

Good .. pretty good. It's always nice to see a band with a sound so fresh and catchy. Prepare for aggressiveness, poignancy, weight and skills Karnivool. I've roamed this album for some time, and thanks to offers download could hear him (I know, it's illegal, but where I live is the only way to have access to the kind of music I like).

In his debut Themata 2004 Karnivool offered an dampened sound of alternative metal and even nu metal. Now in its sequel Sound Awake they bring us more progressive influences, although I use the words of the reviewer aapatsos and say that this album is "destined for the charts". The music here is consistently strong and heavy, though not without its moments ofoffering relief to the listener. The members, although young, have amazing abilities: Ian Kenny has a great voice, which is somehow appropriate for the band's sound (although I disagree with those who compare with Cedric Bixler-Zavala, both of them, despite having high voices, have completely different styles, even if you notice slight influences of the Mars Volta here), Drew Goddard and Mark Hosking shine on guitar, doing a job no less than exceptional, but are Jon Stockman and Steve Judd stars here, in my view, with low poignant (Stockman) and drums sometimes angry, sometimes melodic (Judd).

Of course, it is not a perfect work. I really have an implication for with Set Fire To The Hive, more because of its aggressively anti-religious lyrics (like a christian, I not see with good eyes) than because of his grunge sound, or whatever it is. Anyway this is just a needle in the haystack, thankfully. The material here mostly high quality - see the first two tracks, and Goliath Simple Boy (about this song, I have to highlight the rhythmic off-beats of Judd in drums), that really pulled me into the set. A few times I've seen as good a way to start an album! The brilliant All I Know is very beautiful, and the end of The Caudal Lure is pure ecstasy - not to mention the epics: New Day (a song incredibly lightweight and simple for her eight minutes), and closeners Deadman and Change pt. 2, which complement each other as perfectly as the first two songs.

Good? Very good. This album is amazing. Karnivool promises with its inventive and energetic sound!

voliveira | 5/5 |


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