Themata (album)

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Studio album by Karnivool
Released 7 February 2005
Recorded 2004; 2001 for "L1FEL1KE"
Length 48:52
Label MGM Distribution
Bieler Bros. Records
Producer Forrester Savell
Karnivool chronology
Persona EP
(2001)Persona EP2001
Sound Awake
(2009)Sound Awake2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 8/10 stars[2]
TuneLab Music 9/10 stars[3] 4/5 stars[4] 8/10 stars[5] 9/10 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]

Themata is the debut full-length album by the Australian progressive rock band Karnivool. The album was released independently on 7 February 2005, and was distributed via MGM Distribution. The album was released in the United States on 10 April 2007 via Bieler Bros. Records and in the UK on 7 May 2008 on the Happy Go Lucky label.

The album was well received in Australia, with Kerrang! Magazine describing it as "a ten-track journey of soaring melody".[8] Three singles were released from the album, "L1FEL1KE" in 2003, "Themata" and "Shutterspeed", both in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "C.O.T.E." 5:50
2. "Themata" 5:40
3. "Shutterspeed" 3:46
4. "Fear of the Sky" 5:16
5. "Roquefort" 4:38
6. "L1FEL1KE" 4:40
7. "Scarabs" 2:10
8. "Sewn and Silent" 4:12
9. "Mauseum" 3:54
10. "Synops" 4:53
11. "Omitted for Clarity" 0:20
12. "Change (Part 1)" 3:28


"Roquefort" was initially supposed to be recorded with a horns section, but the band did not have time to do this during the recording of the album.[citation needed] Harry Angus and Kieran Conrau of the Cat Empire later recorded trumpet and trombone respectively for the single version of "Roquefort". This version has been played live on a few occasions, including at Rock-It 2005, during the Triple J Hottest 100 on 26 January 2007, and at the 2010 Melbourne Big Day Out.[citation needed]Drew Goddard said the following regarding "Change", stating "'Change' wasn’t originally conceived as a two part song.

We had written about 60% of "Change" as a whole piece and were desperately trying to finish it in preproduction for inclusion on Themata, as we thought it was shaping up to be an absolute cracker. Due to the nature of the song, the time needed to spend on it and the time we didn’t have we decided do the thing that annoyed everyone so much, and chop it at the peak of the climax, and then finish the 2nd part for inclusion the next album. The title "Change" seemed fitting as this was the last song (mostly) written during the Themata sessions and almost signaled what we thought could be a change of direction on the next album.… It seems we were pretty spot on going by the general feel of the new material. It just wouldn’t have found its place on Themata. [9]


Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 41

Release details[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 7 February 2005 Independent/MGM Distribution CD KARN001
United States 20 November 2007 Bieler Bros. CD 70015
United Kingdom 7 May 2008 Happy Go Lucky CD 070015


  • Ian Kenny – lead vocals
  • Andrew Goddard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Mark Hosking – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jon Stockman – bass
  • Steve Judd – drums


  1. ^ Greenberg, Adam. "Sound Awake - Karnivool|Songs, Reviews, Credits|AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ review
  3. ^ TuneLab Music review
  4. ^ review
  5. ^ review
  6. ^ review
  7. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  8. ^ (originally sourced from on unknown date)
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  10. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.