Karnivool concert: 18-06-11


Jun 19 2011, 2h27

Last night, on the 18th of June, 2011, I FINALLY managed to witness the transcendent experience that is Karnivool, live on stage. Ever since they became my favourite band in 2007 or 08 (can't remember which), I had been waiting for an opportunity to see them perform. So after getting lost about six times and waiting for an hour in a queue, I finally handed in my ticket and it started.

First up was Over-Reactor, the new project of Exekiel Ox (best known for being the frontman of Full Scale and Mammal, the latter of which I have also seen live). I have to say I was impressed at Zeke, who seemed even more hyped-up and outspoken than in the Mammal days. Then there was the other member of the duo, Cory Blight, who had some talent on the drums that could rival Lucius Borich. Needless to say, I bought the first Over-Reactor album I could find at the merch stand, and got it signed. I can safely say I've found another great Aussie band.

Next things got a little bit weird, with a guy, going by the name of Shock One, who filled in between Over-Reactor and Karnivool with some drum'n'bass and dubstep. I can't say I'm a huge fan of techno of any kind (and that's an understatement), but watching one guy create that level of noise - it was hard not to be a little impressed. Once he started mixing in the riff from "Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria with all the weird dubstep sounds, it was becoming hard to ignore, and although I can safely say I didn't buy any Shock One albums, it was still a more decent exceprience than I was expecting.

But finally, Karnivool began their preparations, and everyone who had come before them (and I mean previous concerts as well) was dulled in the light of the best band in the world. The setlist I will put below, but it pretty much consisted of 7 or 8 songs from Sound Awake, 3 or 4 from Themata, and a new track named "The Refusal". Ian Kenny, who is basically my favourite vocalist ever, was even better than on record, his voice soaring above Drew and Mark's metallic riffing and the tight rhythm section provided by Jon Stockman and Steve Judd. Basically, all musicians were on top form, it was a stupendous performance. My only complaint was the absence of "Fear of the Sky", but there's nothing much I can do about it.

Karnivool setlist:
Simple Boy
The Refusal
All I Know
Set Fire to the Hive
New Day
Change (parts 1 and 2)

So, in conclusion, I got from this concert:

Another great Aussie band to listen to
The realization that not ALL techno is horrible
A signed Over-Reactor CD, which is probably pretty valuable
A handshake from Zeke (I'm never washing that hand again!)
And, of course, the experience of seeing the 'Vool live.



  • Internationalist

    Set Fire to the Hive was in there too buddy.

    Jun 19 2011, 8h51
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    But where?

    Jun 19 2011, 22h24
  • Internationalist

    Goliath Simple Boy The Refusal Themata All I Know Umbra Deadman C.O.T.E. Set Fire To The Hive Roquefort New Day Encore: Synops Change (Pt 1&2)

    Jun 20 2011, 11h14
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    Okay thanks.

    Jun 21 2011, 1h26
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