It's been a decade since Karnivool released their album Asymmetry and of course fans are wondering when the next one is coming. According to vocalist Ian Kenny in an interview with Rock'n'Roll Journalist, the reason for the delay is simple – everyone's got their own lives and the band just isn't working on new music full-time like they used to.
Kenny does mention that Karnivool has enough material for either an album or two EPs at this point, and that it's just a matter of finalizing it all. So at least there's that, right?
"In 2016 right we thought, 'cool. [Let's] go start the next record' and we did," said Kenny. "We sort of hit some roads and you know, things changed. The studios changed. We moved away. We don't live in the same city anymore, we all kind of live separate. Fast forward to now and Karnivool only gets together a handful of times a year to write music.
"It's not like it was ten years ago. Ten years ago we lived in the same city and we were different people. We didn't have families – we've all got families now and that sort of stuff. Fast forward ten years, we only get together a handful of times a year to actually write stuff. So that's put a huge delay in more music coming out.
"We've got a record sitting there. I think I think we've got enough songs for it. It's just a matter of finalizing and committing to the music and getting it done. I don't know if it will be a record. Maybe an EP, maybe two EPs actually. I think everyone has this assumption that Karnivool is full time working on this record. We're not at all."
Fortunately it's not like Karnivool has been completely silent – they've been playing shows and they released a new single "All It Takes" in 2021.