When Perth five-piece heavy rock outfit Karnivool emerged in April 2005 with an album called Themata, two things were immediately obvious. One, here was a record that single-handedly set a new benchmark for heavy rock in this country and others for years to come. And two, Karnivool were going to be big. Really big.
Now, the challenge. Four long years had passed since their seminal debut and the fans were hungry for more ‘Vool. And when your first record is that damn good, the big question has got to be “where to from here?” It was something the band were all too aware of.
So, what the hell took so long? “Because we’re terribly pedantic, obsessive-compulsive songwriters,” chuckles guitarist Mark ‘Hoss’ Hosking, “and we keep fiddling with things we should have left alone a while back. But it’s the way Karnivool works – we’ll never just leave something we think can possibly be improved upon. We just aren’t prepared to cut even the slightest of corners.”