|Origin||Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Genres||Progressive rock, alternative metal|
|Labels||Sic Squared Records/MGM Distribution (Australia)
Bieler Bros. (International)
|Associated acts||Birds of Tokyo
|Past members||Brett McKenzie
Karnivool are an Australian progressive rock band formed in Perth in 1997. The group currently consists of Ian Kenny on vocals, Drew Goddard and Mark Hosking on guitar, Jon Stockman on bass guitar, and Steve Judd on drums. Karnivool emerged from a band Kenny and Goddard formed during high school. Their two extended plays, 1999's Karnivool and 2001's Persona, and their 2005 debut album Themata, possessed an alternative metal and nu metal sound; their 2009 follow-up Sound Awake developed a more progressive rock sound.
Early years (1997-2003) 
Karnivool developed from a high school band formed in 1997 in Perth, Western Australia, which played parties using a set of covers of Nirvana and Carcass with some original songs mixed in as well. By 1998, lead singer Ian Kenny changed their set to entirely original songs, removed all early members and officially named the band Karnivool, derived from an anecdotal description that the original members were "a bunch of clowns" around Perth.
Between 1998 and 2004, the band went through a number of line-up changes. The 1998 incarnation of Karnivool consisted of Kenny on lead vocals, Andrew 'Drew' Goddard on lead guitar, Andrew Brown on bass guitar and Brett McKenzie on drums. In 2000, Brown was replaced by Jon Stockman. Shortly after, McKenzie also left and Ray Hawking joined on drums. Mark Hosking joined as a second guitar player in 2003 and in late 2004 Steve Judd on drums replaced Hawking. This would result as the band's current line-up of Kenny, Goddard, Hosking, Stockman and Judd.
In 1999 the band released its debut self-titled EP, Karnivool. This consisted of 4 tracks, named "Fool Me", "Konkrete Seed", "Box" and "Some More of the Same". This album did not get a lot of recognition, with many stores and archives listing their second EP, Persona, released in March 2001 as their first record. Persona consisted of four new tracks and a re-release of the song "Some More of the Same" from the first EP.
After releasing "Persona", they won the Western Australian State Final of the National Campus Band Competition, and they competed in the National Finals held in Hobart, Tasmania. In October, the band were chosen to support the Rollins Band, but due to the Ansett collapse, Henry Rollins and his band were forced to cancel their Perth show. At the end of 2001, however, the band did end up playing a support concert for Fear Factory.
Themata (2004-2007) 
Goddard wrote the tracks for Themata, their first album, and he stated that Karnivool played songs from Themata together as a band only after it was recorded. Goddard not only wrote the tracks and played guitar, but also played drums on every track except "Lifelike", as Steve Judd had not yet joined the band. Themata was released independently on 7 February 2005, and was distributed via MGM Distribution. On 23 August 2006, Karnivool signed a licensing deal with indie label Bieler Bros. Records. The album was issued in the US on 10 April 2007 and in the UK on 7 May. The band also re-released the Persona EP 12 December, following the success of Themata. The album was produced by Forrester Savell.
Karnivool toured on the Homeland Security Tour shortly after the release of Themata. In late 2007, they took part in the Great American Rampage Tour in North America.
During this timeframe, Karnivool also contributed a cover of Gotye's song "The Only Way" to the album Mixed Blood, which contains covers and remixes of songs from Gotye's Boardface and Like Drawing Blood albums. and not released on any Karnivool albums. Also, while not Karnivool music, members Goddard and Stockman played guitar and bass respectively on the title track of Perth/London group Pendulum's 2005 album Hold Your Colour.
Sound Awake (2008-2010) 
After returning from touring in the US, Karnivool returned to Australia in 2008. They entered the studio to write their follow-up to Themata. Goddard stated the new album, Sound Awake would be a huge step up from Themata, while Stockman stated that the writing process of the new record had been more of a collaborative group effort by the band than previous works, and that they were going into the studio with a new recording strategy: trying to focus less on minute details, and put together a more natural sounding album. The album was again produced and mixed by Forrester Savell.
The band continued to tour Australia as well, including the Big Day Out tour, Pyramid Rock Festival, Southbound and Homebake. During their live performances in the Aeons Tour, they played some of the new songs from the album such as "Goliath", "Deadman", "Pearogram" (All I Know), and "New Day". At Homebake in 2008 they debuted a fifth new song entitled "Set Fire to the Hive", which was confirmed as the first single from the album. The new songs were considered more mature, while still bearing resemblance to the band's previous work.
On 26 April 2009 the video for "Set Fire to the Hive" was released and on 9 May had peaked at No. 11 on the AIR Top 20 singles charts. The album was released on 5 June 2009. It debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA Album Charts. and No. 1 on the AIR Charts. In October 2009, the album received Gold certification for sales in Australia.
The band toured nationally around Australia in support of Sound Awake. The band played in New Zealand and then the U.S. to headline "Third Eye Gathering" in Los Angeles. From there the band toured the UK in September and October.
On 9 November 2009, Karnivool released a music video on YouTube for their second single "All I Know".
Sound Awake was released by Sony Music Independent Network/RED. in the United States and Canada on 16 February 2010. Karnivool followed the release with a co-headlining tour with Fair to Midland in the U.S.
After a successful tour of Europe and the United States, Karnivool returned to home soil and announced another national tour, the New Day Tour. Two Melbourne shows and a Sydney show quickly sold out, unprecedented in Karnivool's history and as a result further shows at capitals such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth were announced. The band took a break from touring so that Kenny could tour with his other band, Birds of Tokyo, but touring resumed by December 2010.
Third studio album (2011-present) 
Sometime after returning to Australia in September, the band is planning on starting to write material for a third album. Hosking reiterated this, stating the band plans on demoing songs for the third album at this time, and described the material as, "...a departure from Sound Awake whilst still holding all the principles that make for a Karnivool album." 
In March 2011, Karnivool announced three shows in their native Western Australia, commenting: "These shows will be the last of the Sound Awake era, as well as a possible pointer of things to come."  At these shows they debuted a new song "The Refusal" and Goddard stated that the band was working in the studio on their third album. Additionally, the band toured India for the IIT Bombay cultural festival Mood Indigo in December 2011.
On 21 March 2012, the "Melodias Frescas" Australian tour was announced and the band confirmed that new material would be played during the tour. The band played 16 sold-out theatre shows around Australia, with support from Melbourne's Redcoats and Sydney instrumental group sleepmakeswaves.
The band did some additional shows in India in November 2012 and, during the same period, announced that they were recording their third album at 301 studios in Byron Bay, Australia. The band toured Australia again in December 2012, performing shows in Wollongong and Sydney before the Pyramid Festival for New Year's Eve.
In April 2013, the band announced that they had entered the mixing phase of the third album with producer Nick Didia, while on 16 May 2013, the band's management Fidelity Corporation stated: "Spending the night watching the new Karnivool doco and listening to the new Karnivool album."
On 19 May 2013, Karnivool premiered new single "The Refusal" on Australian radio station Triple J and, as of 20 May 2013, the song is available as a free download on the radio station's website. The global premiere of the single will occur at Western Australia's "State of the Art" festival on 2 June 2013 at the Perth Concert Hall. A music video for "The Refusal" was filmed in April 2013 and was directed by Chris Frey.
At the 2001 West Australian Music Industry Awards the band won 'Best Original Metal Act', with "Fade" from Persona nominated for 'Most Popular Local Original Song'.
At the same awards in 2007, Karnivool won five awards; for 'Most Popular Act', 'Most Popular Live Act', Best Male Vocalist' (Ian Kenny), 'Best Guitarist' (Andrew Goddard) and 'Best Hard Rock Act'.
- 2005 – "Themata" (#97)
- 2006 – "Roquefort" (featuring The Cat Empire horn section) (#45)
- 2007 – "The Only Way" (Gotye cover) (#62)
- 2009 – "Set Fire To The Hive" (#47) and "All I Know" (#63)
Other projects 
As of December 2011, Goddard plays drums in a Nirvana tribute band called "Nirvanarama"; the other members of the band are Daniel Sanders (Gyroscope), Chris Daymond (Jebediah) and Brad Campbell (Gyroscope). The band played its debut show at the Rocket Room venue in Perth, Australia, in December 2011 for the "Smells like Christmas Spirit" Christmas party.
- Ian Kenny – lead vocals (1997–present)
- Andrew 'Drew' Goddard – lead guitar, vocals (1997–present)
- Jon Stockman – bass guitar (2000–present)
- Mark Hosking – guitar, vocals (2003–present)
- Steve Judd – drums (2004–present)
Former members 
- Brett McKenzie – drums (1998–2000)
- Andrew Brown – bass guitar (1998–2000)
- Ray Hawking – drums (2000–2004)
- Themata - Independent/MGM (KARN001) (7 February 2005)
- Sound Awake - Cymatic/Sony (KARN004) (5 June 2009) AUS No. 2
- "L1FEL1KE" - Faultline/Shock (FAULTCD005) (2003)
- "Shutterspeed" (2005)
- "Themata" (11 July 2005)
- "Roquefort" (radio single) (2005)
- "Set Fire to the Hive" - Cymatic (28 April 2009)
- "Goliath" (radio single) (first air play, 3 June 2009, Triple J Home and Hosed)
- "All I Know" - Cymatic (9 November 2009)
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- Drew (2). "Hey folks! Drew here.. As much fun as it is "taking the piss" yesterday we figured we actually owe you a legitimate update.. We're currently in the mixing stage of record #3. Four songs down, about 6 to go, not including the bridging tracks/pieces.. I'm currently writing from the glorious surrounds of Byron Bay in Northern NSW with Jon, Nick Didia and his assistant Jordan where we are doing the long hours, wired on coffee and the protools glow as we slowly but surely pull this thing into shape. I'm going to post a little something something tomorrow.. but for the meantime all I can say is we're truly excited about what we're hearing right now! Yes we do things slowly, but one thing is for certain, we don't release anything until it's right. There is a whole lotta love coming your way in the form of record number 3. Speak to you all shortly. Peace! xoxoxox". Karnivool on Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
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