Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Record label: Vagrant
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
A shift in focus for Karnivool, but this is still a blinder... Aussie five-piece Karnivool are finally back with a follow-up to 09’s incredible full-length ‘Sound Awake’. ‘We Are’ was released as a teaser last month picking up exactly where ‘Sound Awake’ concluded, but is ‘Asymmetry’ just another rehash of previously covered ground? There’s no mistaking this is a Karnivool record; it’s progressive with singalong choruses, aggressive, layered (‘A M War’) and bass-heavy, but this time around there’s more screaming and distortion a la ‘Jupiter’-era Cave In (‘The Refusal’), which somehow compliments the more melodic tracks here and only adds to what’s on offer.
Review Summary: All we want is enough to get by.I have always felt that each groundbreaking album has its roots in its predecessor, whether subtle or obvious. Maybe one song in particular caters to a sound the artist was planning on fleshing out, or possibly even a single moment. The funny thing about Karnivool’s sophomore album Sound Awake is that it told us exactly what to expect from its successor.