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Aldo Reviews Kayo Dot’s “Choirs of the Eye”

Hey everyone, Aldo here. I want to take a moment to talk about one of my favorite albums.

Often called Avant Garde Metal, Choirs of the Eye is one of the records that has influenced my the most in my life. Throughout its 56 minute run time it runs through a variety of sounds and moods, easily switching between minimalist ambient grooves, beautiful symphonic moments and brutal metal ones. Upon first listen I wasn’t sure if I would like the record, but after hearing it a couple of times it really started to open up to me and I was hooked. I remember a time around 2007 when I literally had this record on loop during all moments of the day, constantly finding new bits hidden underneath the densely packed layers of sound and poetry.

Toby Driver is the main writer of this suite, and he does a great job of leading the band with his dynamic vocal range. He can both sing and scream with power, and this is something that I tried to learn from throughout my years as a performer and writer. This is the album that really changed what I thought about music, even after having listened to bands like King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Rush, Mars Volta and many other groups that took composition to the next level.

This album came out in 2003, and while Kayo Dot has released a plethora of newer albums with unique sounds and composition techniques, this particular hour of music still pops into my brain even years after trying to siphon as much from it as I can.

This is an album that requires attentive listening, so take a seat, put some headphones on, drink some tea and absorb it as best you can.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy. let me know in the comments what you think!

– Aldo Calrissian


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