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Perth, Australia (1996 – present)

Karnivool is a five-piece progressive rock group based in Perth, Australia that was formed by Ian Kenny in 1996, who at the time filled the roles of both guitarist and vocalist for the band while they played Carcass and Nirvana covers. Their name stems from the band being initially described by local fans as “a bunch of clowns”. Their style of music can be classified as both progressive rock and alternative rock, with alternative metal undertones. Major influences of the band are Nirvana, Radiohead, Meshuggah, Pink Floyd, Tool, Soundgarden and Carcass. Critically hailed as being one of the establishing bands for the Australian progressive rock and metal movement, Karnivool are considered amongst the few in Australia’s rapidly growing music industry to still be bringing new and refreshing material to their catalog.

In 1996, Kenny began by recruiting two of his high school classmates (Andrew Brown/Brett McKenzie) to play Carcass and Nirvana covers at several gigs around Perth. At this time, both Karnivool’s current bassist and lead guitarist were attending a conservatorium to study jazz guitar and drums respectively. In 1998, Andrew Goddard joined Karnivool on bass, and from there they began writing original material. Soon Andrew “Drew” Goddard was switched to lead guitar, Andrew Brown and Brett McKenzie were replaced by Jon Stockman (bass) and Ray Hawking (percussion). The band have since released several singles and two EPs, Themata and most recently their sophomore record, Sound Awake.

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  • meolnir

    @mu_pothead (and anyone else): "feathergun" by rishloo is of course a masterpiece too whoever has not yet listened to rishloo missed some great moments and should catch up on them NOW ;)

    1 Aug 3:58am Reply
  • LolzeezTheBro

    Saw these guys like a month ago and they kicked major ass.

    28 Jul 7:00pm Reply
  • meolnir

    @mu_pothhead: Rishloo !! you should check out "eidolon"

    28 Jul 6:19pm Reply
  • jb257

    @mu_pothead give Oceansize and Demians a spin.

    22 Jul 5:10am Reply
  • Jeboo-

    Did you try Dead Letter Circus or Cog? I know they're recommended artists, but pays to ask.

    16 Jul 8:48am Reply
  • mu_pothead

    whoaa! these guys are awesome. can anyone suggest me some similiar proggy, melodic, athmospheric stuff?

    13 Jul 1:00pm Reply
  • Hello1994

    nice band

    9 Jul 9:26am Reply
  • Ohmyfucking_God

    awesome live in Moscow yesterday, fucking awesome! my fav band live for now

    29 Jun 10:02pm Reply
  • Veitie

    Honestly, but unfortunately, I must say, that Asymmetry ist kinda boring :/ Gave it a few tries, but in my opinion it can't reach Themata or Sound Awake (which is the best album of them I think).

    24 Jun 4:32pm Reply
  • Kingmichael_IV

    Interesting how all of this band's most popular songs are the mainstream, radio-friendly ones that are actually terrible. Everyone knows New Day and All I Know are the worst songs on Sound Awake. New Day isn't even a single, so what's up with that? Also, the entire first album is bad and only popular for being totally generic, easy-listening alt rock for angsty teenagers, just like Linkin Park.

    23 Jun 9:56pm Reply
  • Jeboo-

    That's a tough one, I've got no idea.

    20 Jun 6:47am Reply
  • jb257

    What the heck is the third line in Nachash? http://freetexthost.com/bdp4jo4rtb Also I'm like 60% sure it's about man-made climate change. Unless it isn't.

    18 Jun 4:13am Reply
  • knight_88

    These guys are amazing!

    15 Jun 3:57pm Reply
  • premedytacja

    only a week left... oh man, dreams really do come true.

    10 Jun 9:18pm Reply
  • HerrWolfenstein

    hölle geil !

    9 Jun 10:17am Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    @Jeboo- Not as good as Karnivool, would be hard to match/top. But they were great live and put on a good show. They're called A Liquid Landscape, worth checking out.

    29 May 11:30am Reply
  • Jeboo-

    Haha, that's awesome! Was the support act as good as the singer's taste?

    27 May 1:21pm Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    I was at a gig on sat to see Crippled Black Phoenix and i heard the support act sound checking, and the singer started this song that sounded so familiar, i thought 'what song is that?'...then it hit me...he was singing Karnivool - Nachash

    26 May 8:16pm Reply
  • Bidarsaeed

    Awesome...

    19 May 7:15am Reply
  • Rhllorin

    So amazing on Like a Version. 10/10!

    17 May 6:09am Reply
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