14 tracks and 67 minutes of new music from KARNIVOOL?! We can't believe it either...
Ladies and Gentleman it gives us great pleasure to announce the next chapter in the musical travels of KARNIVOOL. It's been over 4 years since the release of the band's ground breaking sophomore long player "Sound Awake" - and it's been quite the journey since then. Three tours of the US and Europe playing some of the worlds largest festivals (including the main stage of Sonisphere UK), extensive Australian touring and two tours of India including a massive 10,000 capacity headline show in Mumbai - as well as lot of records sold, kilometers travelled and beers drunk. Then? Nothing - for quite some time. Where were they, what was happening? The Facebook and Twitter messages from fans went from curious to pleading and finally abusive!
Today that changes. After spending way too long for anyone's comfort writing the follow up to "Sound Awake" and then a very long time holed up in Byron Bay recording and mixing with producer Nick DiDia (Rage Against the Machine, Mastadon) we are very happy to announce the birth of "Asymmetry". The new long player from KARNIVOOL will be available July 19 (Cymatic Records/Sony). First single 'We Are' can be heard from June 14 along with the absolutely epic video from director and long time collaborator Christopher Frey. The album will be available in various formats throughout the world (excluding North America) from July 19 and is everything you would expect - and more. We will let the band have the last say on the album:
"I think each time Karnivool walk into another record we all want to explore new ground," explains vocalist, Ian Kenny.
"We want to open the door to our musical basement, switch the light off and tumble down the stairs into god knows what. Each time we switch the light on again we are a different band."
"We wanted this record to be a natural evolution from Sound Awake," adds guitarist, Drew Goddard. "It needed to be more honest and raw, sound wise and song wise, exploring unchartered territory for the band while holding true to the things that make Karnivool... Karnivool."
"As a theme or title, it's very much a broad brushstroke," says Goddard of the album's moniker. "It's one that we feel encompasses where we are at in a musical sense at this point in time. We are very much into big ideas that are open to interpretation, ideas that can mean different things to different members of the band as well as the listener."
Fans can pre-order the deluxe version of the album from karnivool.com. It includes a live DVD featuring a full concert from The Forum in Melbourne in custom designed, fold-out packaging (for a strictly limited time).
The album is also available for pre-order from iTunes, which includes the new single 'We Are' as an instant-grat track and the 'We Are' music video as a bonus.
'We Are' - the first single from the album has an official release date of Saturday June 15 but it will be available as an instant grat on iTunes from tonight when you pre-order the new album.
KARNIVOOL'S live show is one which has received the respect of their peers and the loyalty of their fans all over the world, so it would be beyond remiss of the band to release a new record without giving those songs the chance to breathe, morph and thunder as they should in the live arena. The "Asymmetry" Tour" starts in Australia in July taking in most capital cities and will give Australian fans the chance to connect with the new album in the best possible way. KARNIVOOL have chosen some specific & special venues on this tour which will enable them to tour with their full production in order to give the album the launch it deserves.
KARNIVOOL are currently touring on the festival circuit in Europe and will play their largest festival to date tomorrow (June 15) at Download (UK) to over 120, 000 people. KARNIVOOL will return overseas later in the year for a 25 plus date European headline tour as part of the "Asymmetry" world tour, so best grab your tickets quickly as this will be the only Australian tour this year for the band.