Asymmetry CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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and it is!
Abit of a slow burner to begin with, and kind of an eclectic mix of tracks - heavy and light, refined and raw, gentle and brutal (is the only way can describe it).
A really clever album, and doesnt at all feel like a bunch of singles on a disk, feels like a proper flowing album.
Loved Themata, loved Sound Awake ...loving this now too. It's like a velvet-wrapped sledgehammer dipped in Monica Belucci's tears (probably).
like the first time listening to Tool or The Mars Volta it isn't instantly accessible, but the more you put in to it the more you get out. Less euphoric moments than Sound Awake but a solid, solid album. Better than Themata, a touch behind sound awake (in my opinion)
If this is the standard Karnivool fans should expect, going forward... sign me up. I've been reading comparisons to Tool and I have to say, they are warranted. They are different bands, but if you like one, you'll no doubt like the other.
Here's a song by song guide:
Track 1: Instrumental intro songs can often be tedious or unnecessary. Never fear because 'Aum' is a minute or so of absolutely nothing. It sits somewhere between super minimalism performed quietly and pure silence. I wouldn't even call it an instrumental because there is pretty much no instrumentation.
Track 2-13: Nothing much happens here. Twelve tracks of forgettable meandering averageness with a bit about 'chemical fire' somewhere in the middle. I remembered that line not because it had a killer hook or beautiful melody, but rather it was just repeated quite a lot and on that account was more memorable by default.
Track 14: An instrumental outro that somehow endeavours to be even more nothing than the intro. 'Om' is essentially someone playing a single piano note very quietly every 12 seconds. It's not 'arty' chaps - it's lazy nonsense.
I listened to the album on multiple occasions on accounts that it might be a grower - I love albums that you don't 'get' until about 5 listens, but this is categorically not one of them. I take that back, in a way it is a grower; it grows even more laborious with every listen.Read more ›
Perhaps this is due to some forsight by the band that they had something up their sleeves regarding the release of their third album, because God is Asymmetry different. And, sadly, not in a good way.
I am like most of the other reviewers a huge Vool fan, and i remain one despite the efforts on this CD. I am indeed going to see them rock out live in Glasgow in November, but i genuinely hope they dont play much of this album because if they do i may fall asleep, which is not at all what Karnivool are about. They are (were) in my opinion about sucking you in, delicately yes, but then slapping you across the face with an almighty whallop of lyrical pantomine or a guitar or bass riff that makes your pants quake. I love this sort of music, but unfortunately i have to say no pants quaking has occurred in the multiple listen-throughs i have done with Asymmetry.
Do not get me wrong there are 3-4 good songs on the album, namely We Are, Eidolon (the best) and Sky Machine. But these songs genuinely would not have made it on to a b-sides album of Sound Awake studio recordings.
I do encourage you all to still purchase this CD, i do not believe my opinion is universal. And i want Karnivool to remain around so they can wake me back up with a sterling return in the 4th album. I just hope to Jesus that the Vool dont go down the Opeth path... please please no!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this album. Not even every track is great, but a lot are.Published 11 months ago by Alex Murray
saw them at sonicsphere thought they were great and so is thisPublished 23 months ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
Get settled, and put this album on. Its involving and mesmerising.
Phenomenal Record. A great progression from this amazingly talented band. Read more
I was a massive fan of Sound Awake and pretty uncertain about whether I would enjoy this album. It's very easy to listen to, but, I don't feel that same intense punch of emotions... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by Roxie
I have been trying to figure out what it is about new albums which don't engage me. Probably a combination of post production 'perfection', lack of band cohesion, lack of... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by andymc1