Live Review: Karnivool @ The Cooly 08.05.15

Karnivool‘s Themata 10th Anniversary Tour went off with a bang at The Coolangatta Hotel on Friday night. Playing every song off their debut album from start to finish, the loyal crowd were heavily involved as they anticipated every song.Actually, crowd anticipation was at its peak as there was a countdown/ build up to their intro. They opened with C.O.T.E– the first song on the anniversary album.

It was a full house, and Kenny acknowledged this saying they always get a good reception when they come to the Gold Coast.

Today, their genre is classed as progressive rock, but Karnivool’s early work of Themata is more alternative metal, and they definitely delivered a set more akin to their early musical style. 

Set highlight’s were two of the debut album’s released singles Shutter Speed and L1FEL1KE. As you’d expect, the crowd (pit) turned it up a notch in response.  

Kenny never fails as he reaches all the melodic high notes. The band as a whole were tight, and I was impressed by the quality of the sound. The lead guitarist is a machine, watching him do that intricate guitar detailing that you regularly hear through Karnivool tracks was a sight to behold. Somehow seeing him barefoot made it seem like you were on his level.

Once Karnivool finished the full Themata playlist, they were back for an encore where they played the only song off their most recent Asymmetry album We Are. The track had the crowd singing along in chorus.

They also threw at us songs from their second studio album Sound Awake such as Simple Boy, Change Pt 2 before finishing with New Day which was a wise move. That track has all the makings of a genuine earworm stuck in my head the following day and forcing me to reminisce! 

My only disappointment was that they didn’t play Eidolin off newest album Assymetry. Due to the fact that this track has had a lot of airplay on Triple J I imagine there were probably a few peeps who felt the same. 

Kerrang! Magazine described Themata as “a ten-track journey of soaring melody”, and they certainly celebrated that tonight.

These Perth boys have come a long way over the past decade, and have three phenomenal albums, and several sold out tours to show for it. Here’s to the next ten years, Karnivool!

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Leisen Standen is Blank’s inhouse photographer, and owner of Lamp Photography. She’s usually behind the camera, but she put pen to paper in this instance to share her love of all things Karnivool just for you. 

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