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Sound Awake

Sound Awake

25 Sep 2009
4.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Sept. 2009
  • Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:12:04
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  • ASIN: B002Q1CR66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,011 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Where to start,. This is an amazing album, full of invension creativity and above all passion. Prog Metal rock at its finest, and if you are a fan of Mastodon, Fair to Midland, Tool, Hurt etc this will not disappoint you. For my money one of the best three albums of 2009, alongside Crack the Skye by Mastodon and Common Existence by Thursday, it sounds enormous and epic, beautifully crafted, thoughtful and intelligent. Hard to pick out stand out tracks, but the ones that do it for me are Simple Boy, All I Know and Umbria, but dont miss out on repeat listens to Deadman, because every time you do you will find something new in it !!!!

Dont delay order today, a classic album
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I first heard this band after perusing the 'customers who bought this item also bought' list attached to Oceansize's EP 'Home & Minor'. I'm a big Oceansize fan & I'm always on the look out (often desperately) for other bands whose music is equally ambitious, epic, modern & melodic. I checked out Karnivool on Spotify & something about their music grabbed me. I was immediately addicted to the first track 'simple boy', but my addiction to the whole of 'Sound Awake' soon followed. This is a highly impressive piece of work in every sense: performance, production, & arrangement. I must've listened to the album about 50 times now & it just keeps on getting better. I think I'll be very fortunate if I stumble upon another band as good as this any time soon.
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Just heard this band on a trip to CEX, where good music can often be heard. Much discussion about how "influenced" by Tool they are on the internet. Some are claiming they are a rip off and some that they just don't get the relationship at all. Anyone in the latter group really is engaged in the clearest act of self delusion in modern music I'm afraid. However, it's actually Perfect Circle that they are channeling, much more so than Tool. The singer is for the most part doing a Maynard impersonation and pretty much every good idea the band has is taken from P.C or Tool with a few other influences thrown in (some Led Zeppelin I believe).
However, this is not a bad thing and I have given the album 4 stars, which is pretty good. The musicianship is excellent but they do need to work their way to finding a more original voice. Given that Tool don't seem to be up to much lately and Perfect Circle don't exist, this will do nicely thank you.
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ok, this is not another good album among others.
This is THE new sound of the century. Sound Awake is one of the best albums that i have in these 25 years that i am breathing in the Metal and Hard Rock Universe. It simply makes a giant step forward in progressive (metal/rock-call-it-anything-you-want music) and i would be more than a happy, if such an album comes out once in a year.
Grab it by all means
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I don't exactly remember how i discovered this band, but to order "Sound Awake" was happy to step. Before it arrived to my CD player i read a lot of articles about the album, so i had some imagine. I was expecting mixture of Tool, Oceansize and even The Mars Volta. However, after first listen, this expectation was confirmed, but only in a few aspects. The true is that the music here is very fresh, innovative and also listenable at same time, which is quite remarkable. The music can be described as progressive rock, but its progressiveness is different from creation of Dream Theater or Flower Kings for example. For me this is more natural (and i think more difficult) way how to create progressive music, there is always song in the first place. Of course the musicianship is top notch but you will hardly find any shredding. The opener "Simple Boy" starts the journey and deploys the bar really high. But don't be affraid this standard is no problem for the rest of songs. The next one "Goliath" with its perfect beginning is the evidence. "New Day" is maybe my favourite song on the album. It starts quietly , but it is building and building till the beautiful chorus. "Umbra" starts with almost grunge like atmosphere, maybe because of the guitar riff, but then it is spread to really impressive piece of music. "All I Know" could be without any doubt surfing on radio airwaves, and world would be much better place...The album closers are two epics "Deadman" and "Change", two longest pieces on the album, but you will not fall asleep at all, because they are very cleverly crafted without any dull moment. They showed us that even long songs can be interesting from start to finish. As i mentioned before the musicians are excelent, but for me vocals and drumming are really perfect.Read more ›
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Having been a fan of the band's first effort Themata, I thought I'd give this album a go. I will admit that I wasn't immediately impressed. It didn't have the instantly accessible, stronger tracks that Themata had and whilst it definitely had a feeling of consistency that demanded another play, it didn't grab me in the first three or four plays.

I was just about to write it off... and then I listened to it. I mean, I really listened to it. And then I really listened to it again. And again! Each time I played the album through, I noticed something new about it. It was then I realised the startling depth to the album; the real maturity woven in amongst the genius melodies and advanced progressive time signatures. This is a record that grew and grew and grew on me, to the point that I realised I had been listening to it for weeks without getting tired of it.

After I had finally taken in all the beautiful musicalities and Ian Kenny's breathtaking vocals- even stronger than on Themata, I hasten to add- I came to rest on possibly my biggest praise for the album: the lyrics. The lyrical content never falls below supreme. It appears that several of the songs are asking profound questions on religion and theology, often with cynical undertones. Other songs have an essence that is perhaps a lot more universal, with my personal favourite being "All I Know," which is a stunning and, in my opinion, transcendental take on a failing long-term relationship. In fact, possibly even more poignant is "Umbra," the deeply moving and very vivid insight into depression and perhaps even alcoholism. Not to go overkill on the praise, but this song has actually brought me to tears on some occasions. Quite an achievement!

I will conclude here, despite having volumes more to say about the album. It's my favourite album, put simply. Buy it, let it challenge you, move you and inspire you.
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