Karnivool is an Australian progressive rock and metal band from Perth, Western Australia. The group currently includes Ian Kenny on vocals, Drew Goddard and Mark Hosking on guitar, Jon Stockman on bass, and Steve Judd on drums. Karnivool was formed in 1997 from the ashes of a group in which Kenny and Goddard played in high school.
Karnivool was formed by high school buddies in 1997 in Perth, Western Australia, who will play a few nights of covers of Nirvana and Carcass, as well as some original compositions. In 1998, the singer Ian Kenny completely renovates the musical style of the group, returns all the members and the name henceforth Karnivool, inspired by an anecdote during which the former members of the group were considered as a « clown band ">>>.
Between 1997 and 2004, the group made a number of training changes. The 1998 incarnation of Karnivool includes Kenny on vocals, Andrew "Drew" Goddard on lead guitar, Andrew Brown on bass, and Brett McKenzie on drums. In 2000, Brown is replaced by Jon Stockman and McKenzie leaves soon after the band to be replaced by Ray Hawking on the drums. Mark Hosking joined the guitar in 2003 and, in 2004, Steve Judd replaced Hawking. In 2004, the band includes Kenny, Goddard, Hosking, Stockman, and Judd.
In 1999, the band released their first EP, Karnivool which includes four songs: Fool Me , Konkrete Seed , Box and Some More of the Same . This album does not receive the expected recognition, most media considering their second EP, published in March 2001, as their first EP. Persona includes four new songs and a reissue of the song Some More of the Same of the first EP. In October 2001, the group was selected to play with Rollins Band but, following the bankruptcy of Ansett Australia, Henry Rollins and his group will be forced to cancel their presence in Perth. At the end of 2001, the band played in support of Fear Factory.