Karnivool – Gig Review

20 Dec

Swati Vishwanathan is a guest writer who was at Mood-I jumping around to Karnivool’s  music

The third year at IIT-Bombay’s Mood indigo had the same electricity as the last two years. After bringing down big names in progressive rock bands like the much worshipped Porcupine Tree and Katatonia, music lovers poured in to listen to Karnivool from Australia.

The management at IIT was shoddy as expected, with the same ‘ol long lines, baggage counters and unnecessary security checks. They expect some diehard fans to be a part of the whole experience, and then kick you in the nuts with a “Move away from the barricade” baloney.

Anyhow, I was all prepared with the experience from my past. So no makeup (This is not a beauty pageant, and the guys are already in their zone to be hitting on you.), no bags and a much smaller line.

The opening act for Karnivool was Junkyard Groove, an alternative rock band from Chennai who have been in the scene for a while. The metal-crazy crowd did not mind the wait as frontman Ameeth Thomas bobbed, flirted and managed to get rid of his shirt while singing some kickass songs from their newly released album, Beautiful Crime being my current favourite.

The winners of Livewire, the Indian leg of GBOB (The Global Battle of Bands) were announced as we waited for Karnivool to take stage. Versus from Bangalore took first place and will get to compete in an all-expense paid trip at the GBOB finals in Romania, while Mumbai’s The Hoodwink Circle came in second.

Around 8:15, we finally saw the band emerge as they started the night with a majority of the songs from their most recent album, Sound Awake. The good-looking frontman Ian Kenny got friendly with the crowd before the band began with their third and one of my loved songs, Set Fire to the Hive.  As they shifted between their two albums, Karnivool took us on a journey with Deadman, Roquefort and the crowd magnet, Themata. With confetti and a myriad of colors, the night ended what most alternative metal fans would say are favorites, Change and New Day.

Unlike Porcupine Tree’s well-planned audio visuals and Katatonia’s emotional connect; the visuals and sounds this time around were disappointing as the bass was just loud and the mixing scratchy. To compensate, Steve Judd on the drums and Drew Goddard, guitar definitely made up for the management’s slackness. Overall Karnivool’s songs hit the right notes leaving me with a beautiful experience and a heavy heart.

The set list which I hope I have covered well, majorly comprised of songs from Sound Awake and a few from 2005 album, Themata.



Simple Boy

Set Fire to the Hive



All I Know





New Day



Swati is currently working for some financial company but wishes she was a groupie to a big band. She is a rock chick in many ways and can quote lyrics from obscure musicians whom we will never hear of. She is one of the coolest people around but that is compromised by her living in Thane. Do follow her on Twitter. She gets a lot of free stuff and might pass some of it on to you.


10 Responses to “Karnivool – Gig Review”

  1. Swati December 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Before I forget, let me mention that I won the pass from the lovely people at Sony Music India. Thanks once again for making this happen! 😀

  2. Praveen December 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Review = no me gusta.

    • Kunal December 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Then why you gusta?

      • Praveen December 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

        err, I said I no gusta, so I don’t understand your question. Would it trouble you to elaborate a little here, good sir?

      • Kunal December 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

        We don’t speak Spanish so could you write in English and let us know? And ya also let us know why.

      • Praveen December 27, 2011 at 11:35 am #

        “And ya also let us know why” Seems to me you don’t speak English either. Therefore, end of discussion with you. My comment was addressed to the author, so I’d rather the author responds.

      • Kunal December 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

        That was very insightful of you. We’ll let the writer know about your sufficiently elaborate comment and get her to respond.

        But just as an afterthought, a response is to a query. Whereas all you have done is write that you don’t like the review. Anyway, we’ll let her know.

  3. Nikhil December 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    They played Fear of the Sky somewhere in there too. Just saying.

  4. Swati December 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Hi Nikhil,

    Yes, they did play Fear of the Sky as well. The list is as per the songs I managed to hear, since I had to step out to take a call. The complete set-list is of course available online. Thanks for pointing that out! 🙂

  5. Swati December 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Pravin, maybe the review didn’t suit the flow you were looking for? This is a quick write up, and I thought of recollecting as much as possible before my office desk beckoned.

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