ALREADY GOLD IN AUSTRALIA AND MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE UK
New York, NY – KARNIVOOL have built a devoted army of fervent fans over the years through their captivating music, incessant touring and extraordinary live performances. After baiting us with the digital-only Set Fire To The Hive EP, KARNIVOOL prepare to award the States with the full-length that has already taken Australia and the UK by storm with the release of Sound Awake on February 16, 2010 via SIN/SonyMusic Independent Network.
Four years since their last album in their homeland of Australia, Sound Awake debuted at #2 on the national ARIA albums chart, eclipsed only by global mega-brand the Black Eyed Peas. The album has already gone GOLD in Oz and expresses Karnivool’s reputation as the sharp end of the cutting edge of heavy rock in the country.
Produced by Forrester Savell (The Butterfly Effect, Mammal, Dead Letter Circus), Sound Awake is kaleidoscopic & multi-dimensional. It delivers the band’s trademark sound and takes the listener to new heights as it ventures into innovative exploratory territory.
Critical praise of Sound Awake has already started rolling in from overseas. Rolling Stone Australia awarded the album 4 STARS calling it "A sprawling work of melody, mood, tempo and musicianship... Intricacy, pedantry and perfection." Dan Slessor of KERRANG! exclaims, “Their sound is a fine one indeed – exploratory and spacious, heavy, truly epic, and gorgeously melodic.”
The lead track on the album, “Set Fire To The Hive,” with its distorted vocals, up-tempo vibe, raw prog-punk feel and vocalist Ian Kenny’s venomous delivery, sounds nothing like Karnivool have attempted before and takes the band into uncharted sonic territory.
The prog-heavy rockers decimated Los Angeles and New York City last month with mind-blowing intimate performances witnessed by fans that traveled from Seattle, Arizona, Vegas, Boston, Virginia and even Australia!
Christa Titus of Billboard and Blistering raves about the performance, “Geography won't prevent Australian band Karnivool from achieving stardom in America----the group's dynamic of propulsive rhythms, dramatic ambience, uncompromising intensity and lyrics that speak of heightened consciousness transcend all borders.”
Karnivool just completed a UK tour with Skindred and are heading back to Australia in Nov to for the “Sine Waves & Mirrors” tour with Dredg. Jan 2010 sees the band hitting BIG DAY OUT with Muse, Mars Volta and Mastodon before coming back to the U.S. in March for SXSW and a national tour.
Karnivool release Sound Awake on February 16, 2010 via SIN/SonyMusic Independent Network, distributed by RED. SIN is a division of Sony Music International and releases international repertoire in the United States.