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Karnivool is an Australian progressive rock and alternative band, formed in 1997 by Ian Kenny and Andrew Goddard, hailing from Perth, Australia.
Formed as a high school band in 1997 to play Nirvana and Carcass covers at parties, Karnivool, led by singer Ian Kenny, later with a revamped line-up began writing original material. In 1999 with a line-up consisting of Kenny on vocals, Andrew Goddard on lead guitar, Andrew Brown on bass, and Brett McKenzie on drums, the band released their debut eponymously-titled EP. A follow-up EP “Persona” was released in 2001 and Karnivool subsequently won the Western Australia State Final of the National Campus Band Competition.
Karnivool’s debut full-length was written entirely by Goddard and marked a change of personnel with Steve Judd coming in on drums, Jon Stockman in on bass, and Mark Hosking joined as rhythm guitarist. The album was originally released independently in 2005 however the band later signed with Bieler Bros. Records who reissued the album in 2007. Karnivool supported the album with an extensive worldwide tour and later covered the Gotye song “The Only Way” in contribution to the compilation album “Mixed Blood”.
Ahead of the band’s sophomore album “Sound Awake”, Karnivool released the lead single “Set Fire to the Hive”, which peaked at No. 11 on the AIR Top 20 Singles chart. Aided by the single, the album released May 9, 2009, debuted at No. 2 on the AIR Album Chart. Karnivool embarked on another worldwide tour in support, including shows in the U.S., New Zealand, the UK and India. The band took a break after the tour allowing singer Ian Kenny to work with his other band Birds of Tokyo, however returned in 2011.
Karnivool’s third full-length “Asymmetry” was issued by Density/Cymatic Records in 2013 and topped the Australian Albums Chart. The album spawned the singles “The Refusal” and the six-minute long “We Are”, and is noted for being the band’s most complex and contemplative album to date.