Karnivool
Karnivool


1.5
very poor

Review

by Billy USER (32 Reviews)
March 1st, 2011 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An awful slab of badly recorded nu-metal from a band who, fortunately, will go on to much greater things.

Debut releases are a funny thing. They can go one of two ways. Either they’re going to be a raging success that propels a band to lofty heights (think Arcade Fire’s Funeral or The Temper Trap’s Conditions) or they’re a release that once said band becomes reasonably popular, it will deny the existence of the very recording. Unfortunately for then four-piece Karnivool, the latter is more relevant. The Karnivool that released its self-titled EP way back in 1999 is a far cry from the Karnivool today, with only Ian Kenny (vocals) and Drew Goddard (guitar) remaining from the original line-up. Thus, there is quite a noticeable difference in the quality of the music.

Opening jaunt ‘Some More of the Same’ sets the tone for the EP, featuring down tuned guitars with plenty of distortion and a very young Ian Kenny on vocals. At a lengthy nine minutes, one would expect the track to grate pretty quickly. However, despite being somewhat repetitive and unoriginal, it is actually the best song on the EP, giving fans a glimpse of what would come later in the band’s career. Kenny’s vocals are perhaps the only constant throughout the band’s career, managing to pull of a couple of impressive parts, despite being quite immature at the time. The opener also has Goddard’s best work for the EP, with a couple of interesting riffs and ideas throughout the track’s duration.

‘Box’ and ‘Fool Me’ lay claim to featuring the worst moments of the release and perhaps the two songs that the band despise most. ‘Box’ is particularly horrendous, with Kenny laying down some of the worst lyrics on the face of the earth. Hearing ‘It doesn’t matter anyway ‘cos I don’t give a ***’ yelled over the top of horribly recorded drums and bass tone that sounds about as good as two bits of wet cardboard being hit together doesn’t really do much for the aural senses. Combine this with mountains of distortion and some horrible vocal effects and there is little hope for the song being decent by any stretch of the imagination.

Konkrete Seed isn’t much better, with its riff sounding like a Korn B-side and the rest of the song being equally uninspiring. Throughout the EP, the rhythm section isn’t anything to write home about with drummer Brett McKenzie and bassist Andrew Brown choosing to merely follow the lead of Goddard rather than move off on their own tangents the way Steve Judd and Jon Stockman do in Karnivool today. This only serves to make the tracks all the more unimaginative and boring, particularly on ‘Konkrete Seed’ and ‘Fool Me.’ Perhaps the only real positive of the record are Kenny’s vocals and even those, for the most part, are a far cry from what he has achieved later in his career.

Karnivool’s debut EP isn’t a pretty one, overflowing with generic nu metal and some genuinely awful moments. There are a few glimmers of the brilliance the band show on their later releases, however the production quality prevents most from seeing the light of day. The current members of Karnivool deny the existence of their self-titled EP to this very day and, given the quality of the material found here, we should probably do the same.



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endorphin
March 1st 2011


184 Comments


Haven't heard this but a great review.

Douglas
March 1st 2011


9118 Comments


haha it has surfaced.

kangaroopoo
March 1st 2011


3175 Comments


nice review, didn't know this existed

I wasn't too keen on their Persona EP so this must really stink. I won't scar my mind by hearing it and keep enjoying what they've become.

Vooligan
March 1st 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's a timeless classic lol. But seriously, Persona is a 5 compared to this.

If anything, just listen to this:
Box by Karnivool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6WEocA2g4E

Puzzles
March 1st 2011


3065 Comments


haha Billy I saw this on the main page and thought 'What the hell?' but soon enough came to realize that this is indeed the semi-official debut EP. Good review, it needed one, and this needs a pos.

Vooligan
March 1st 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

All the songs are on youtube if anyone really wants to hear them. It's great comedy.

Puzzles
March 1st 2011


3065 Comments


I actually like Box for what it is. Plus, Kenny's vocals are kinda cool-ish.

Vooligan
March 1st 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Box is the musical equivalent of a fart in a jar.

pillowswantyoursoul
March 1st 2011


923 Comments


Box was so shit. Funniest thing I've heard today.

Piglet
March 1st 2011


4659 Comments


Wow really?

scissorlocked
March 1st 2011


3511 Comments


bow is kinda enjoyable man, apart from the fact it's shit

you can also hear a crappy double bass

Digging: Traumprinz - All The Things

Phideaux
March 1st 2011


1655 Comments


The band likes to pretend this didn't happen.

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

coleba
March 1st 2011


788 Comments


Going to pretend I never ever clicked on that YouTube video. Dear god.

UnnamedOcean
March 1st 2011


3971 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They did a good job covering this up. They obviously didn't want us to know this exists.

coleba
March 1st 2011


788 Comments


When the hell are we going to get some new material?

InFiction
March 1st 2011


3689 Comments


Did not know this existed. I think it's just the production quality though. If it was re-recorded, it might sound a bit better. It's still pretty average sandwich though.

cb123
March 1st 2011


2031 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

haha yeah this is really bad, i remember listening to this bemused

WhiteNoise
March 1st 2011


3216 Comments


Fucking LOL at Box. This gives me hope that my band could get somewhere because even our songs aren't that lame haha.

Still, love the vool'

Vooligan
March 2nd 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

So which douche negged me and why?

kangaroopoo
March 2nd 2011


3175 Comments


maybe it was Kenny



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