As you well know, it’s been over four years since the release of our last record “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 we, what was happening?
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).
The album will be available in various formats throughout the world (excluding North America) from July 19 and we hope it’s worth the wait for you all. It is for us as you can see from the quotes below.
“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.”
The first single from the record is ‘We Are’ which is accompanied by an absolutely epic video from director, friend and long time collaborator Christopher Frey. We broke the two golden rules of television – never work with children or animals. Thankfully nobody got hurt, no broken ribs for Jon this time (Set Fire) and no squashed bits for Kenny (All I Know).
You can hear the song and check out the clip here.
Now we suppose you’d like to get your hands on a copy of Asymmetry! Fans can pre-order the deluxe version of the album here. 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 will also be available for pre-order on iTunes later tonight (keep an eye on Facebook and twitter and we’ll let you know when it goes live) – you’ll receive the new single ‘We Are’ immediately and the ‘We Are’ music video as a bonus with the album on release.
THE ASYMMETRY AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Karnivool’s live show is one which has received the respect of their peers and your loyalty all over the world, so it would be beyond remiss of us 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. And best to grab your tickets quickly as the band return overseas later in the year so this will be their only Australian tour this year.
Joining Karnivool on the “Asymmetry” Australian tour is Sydney 5-piece Northlane, who have exploded onto the scene since the release of their debut album in 2011 and have quickly become one of the biggest metal / hardcore bands in the country.
THE ASYMMETRY AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Presented by Billions, Fidelity Corp, SPA and triple j
With special guests NORTHLANE
Tickets for all shows on sale Thursday 20 June, 9am (AEST) from karnivool.com
Tuesday 30 July 2013 THEBARTON THEATRE Adelaide, SA (ALL AGES/LIC)
Thursday 1 August 2013 MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, VIC
Friday 2 August 2013 MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, VIC
Sunday 4 August 2013 THE BIG TOP, LUNA PARK Sydney, NSW (ALL AGES/LIC)
Wednesday 7 August 2013 EATONS HILL HOTEL, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 11 August 2013 METRO CITY, Perth, WA
All shows over 18s only except Luna Park & Thebarton Theatre (All Ages/Lic)
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.
THE ASYMMETRY EUROPEAN TOUR
with special guests TesseracT (UK only)
Tickets for all shows on sale Monday 17 June, 9am (GMT)
Monday 21 October MELKWEG, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday 23 October AB CLUB, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday 24 October LE BOULE NOIR, Paris, France
Saturday 26 October PLAZA, Zurich, Switzerland
Sunday 27 October STROM, Munich, Germany
Tuesday 29 October TUNNEL, Milan, Italy
Wednesday 30 October SZENE, Vienna, Austria
Thursday 31 October LIDO, Berlin, Germany
Saturday 02 November LUXOR, Koln, Germany
Sunday 03 November RAUCHERKAMMER, Wiesbaden, Germany
Monday 04 November KNUST, Hamburg, Germany
Friday 08 November NOSTURI, Helsinki, Finland
Saturday 09 November KLUBI, Tampere, Finland
Wednesday 13 November WEDGEWOOD ROOMS, Portsmouth, UK
Thursday 14 November THEKLA, Bristol, UK
Friday 15 November ROCK CITY, Nottingham, UK
Saturday 16 November GARAGE, Glasgow, UK
Monday 18 November CORPORATION, Sheffield, UK
Tuesday 19 November ACADEMY II, Manchester UK
Wednesday 20 November INSTITUTE LIBRARY, Birmingham, UK
Thursday 21 November KOKO, London, UK