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3.59 | 99 ratings | 7 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Coté (5:50)
2. Themata (5:40)
3. Shutterspeed (3:46)
4. Fear of the Sky (5:16)
5. Roquefort (4:38)
6. L1FEL1KE (4:40)
7. Scarabs (2:10)
8. Sewn and Silent (4:12)
9. Mauseum (3:54)
10. Synops (4:53)
11. Omitted for Clarity (0:20)
12. Change (Part 1) (3:28)

Total Time 48:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Kenny / lead vocals
- Andrew 'Drew' Goddard / lead guitar, drums, backing vocals, string arrangements
- Mark Hosking / guitar, backing vocals
- Jon Stockman / bass guitar

- Novac Bull / vocals (2)
- Leigh Miller / string arrangements (2)
- Eve Silver / string arrangements (8)
- Ray Hawkins / drums (6)
- Ezekiel Ox / whistling & castanets (5)

Releases information

Artwork: Joseph K.

CD Bieler Bros. Records - 00a365 (2005, Australia)

2xLP Cymatic Records - KARN01 (2015, Australia)

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KARNIVOOL Themata ratings distribution

(99 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

KARNIVOOL Themata reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars Then the title track of this album, Themata, kept coming up on one of my Pandora stations, I enjoyed the song enough that I went looking for the album. When I received the album, I found that the exotic flavor of this song was not indicative of the whole, or even very much of the album. Only Synops has a similar feel, and it is nowhere near as good a song.

Most of this album is alternative metal, with wailing, slightly whiny vocals that make most alternative pretty much unlistenable to me. There are some proggy moments, mostly in the rhythms, and the guitarists on this album are both adequate. But despite the rhythmic interplay, the songs throughout the album just don't hold my interest.

2.5 stars

Latest members reviews

3 stars Warning: Boring review ahead. This is an enjoyable alt-rock album that is very light on the prog, but shows more depth than most of the popular modern radio rock. There is no doubt that this album isn't derivative and largely inspired by many other artists, but what it does show is huge pr ... (read more)

Report this review (#1559100) | Posted by Bucklebutt | Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 10 Years On: Karnivool's Themata Not gonna lie, I absolutely completely did not expect this. Karnivool is one of those bands that you expect to change. Any band that has four-year gaps between albums and yet still manages to have a cult of dickriders following their every move doesn't get ... (read more)

Report this review (#1364261) | Posted by Gallifrey | Saturday, February 7, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Karnivool's debut album occupies an important place on the Australian prog scene. In many ways they have become the premiere prog act in the country, and this album was where they made their first big splash. The album kicks off with "C.O.T.E.", which happens to be one of my favourite Karnivool ... (read more)

Report this review (#948869) | Posted by bonestorm | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars These guys have really made it at last, although this was achieved by their latest release "Sound Awake". I mean this one here is really a great album. Modern progressive rock music with a dominating alternative influence which expands to nu metal and famous bands of the current heavy sound. T ... (read more)

Report this review (#299464) | Posted by DeKay | Friday, September 17, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I'm slightly amazed they put this album on here... Of course coming from Australia I always thought it bordered on the proggish side, and thought it would be cool to see it on progarchives, but I marked out a little bit when I saw another review for this band on here. "Themata" is the debut alb ... (read more)

Report this review (#278083) | Posted by Sacrilege | Thursday, April 15, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Honestly I'm kind of surprised the band didn't make it big here in the US as soon as their first album was released. This is what I would consider an Alternative Metal masterpiece. No, not quite enough to top Angel Dust by Faith No More, but still damn good. I would not, however, consider this al ... (read more)

Report this review (#277057) | Posted by AgentSpork | Friday, April 9, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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