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Album Review: Karnivool 'Asymmetry'

Asymmetry is a distinct evolution in sound for Karnivool, leaving behind their hard-rock roots and fully embracing the prog-rock undertones that haunt their previous albums.

Asymmetry is a soaring delight of highs and lows, of introspection and anger, and is a deep reflection on the duality of humanity, music and the nature of the band itself. The album’s moniker comes from the duality of nature and the concept of “light and dark” that is prevalent in everything, according to guitarist Mark Hoskings.

The consideration and development of sound that has gone into Asymmetry is evident, given its three years in incubation and production. The Aussie rockers worked with Nick DiDia, who has formerly engineered for the likes of Mastodon, Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam, fully sculpting Karnivool’s sound into something incomparable to anything else today.

The first single from the album, ‘We Are’, is a strong release for the band, fully showcasing the diversity of Asymmetry, but not truly doing the album justice; Asymmetry is truly an album to be enjoyed in its entirety, rather than piece by piece. Bonding the album is a series of instrumental tracks, developing and solidifying the post-apocalyptic soundscape the band has created. Standing at a little over an hour in length, this has no impact on the listenability of the album, given the variation in sound and the true absorption gained by listening it through—a true prog-rock album, thematic to the point of being a concept album.

‘The Refusal’, featuring vocals by bassist John Stockman, is a cathartic gut-wrencher, showing the passion and intensity that the band is capable of, but also the amount of zeal that has gone into the album as a whole. ‘Aum and Om’, bookending Asymmetry, are ethereal and thought provoking instrumentals. In the middle, ‘Aeons’ and ‘Sky Machine’ are great examples of the “light and dark” theme that the band wished to portray.

Ian Kenny’s voice, angelic, yet full of machismo, blends with Mark Hoskings and Drew Goddards duelling guitars, showcasing plenty of fuzz, delay and echo, again solidifying the nauseating uncertain and sinister aural impact this album has. All of this backed by the duality of Steve Judd’s sparse and furious punk beats. Lyrically, Asymmetry is linear with its soundscape, “Make your peace, or drown in decay, we’ve got to get out of the way,” from ‘A.M. War’, and, “I want us to face the shape we’re in, a world of confusion awaits our sons and kins, let’s reset it all,” from the first single, ‘We Are’, and showcases the visceral and organic poetry the band is capable of.

Compared to Themata and Sound Awake, Asymmetry is in a league of its own. Varying between stunted and slightly atonal, to uplifting and melodic, the band has fully considered their sound, and their place in the Australian music scene, carving a new niche for themselves. Asymmetry is true progress for the Perth rockers and will see them go down in Aussie rock history.

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