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CHOIRS OF THE EYE

Kayo Dot

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.25 | 279 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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5 stars Pleasantly chaotic.

I often find myself assimilating this album to the mid 70's King Crimson work, when the band operated with a system of controlled chaos. Much of the same can be found in the ebbs and flows of Choirs of the Eye. This is quite a jump for the band, moving from MotW material to a much more finer and artistic purpose with Kayo Dot. Some of the rough spots found in MotW material has been replaced here by a keen understanding of structure, without being structured.

A disclaimer before listening to this album would be to be open-minded. There is little in terms of building melodies except for spots here and there, and the vocal work is a bit unusual, but it fits perfectly with the mood and feeling of the music. I am often amazed at how in touch Toby Driver is with the music, especially at such a young age, to gain as much understanding of composition as he already possesses.

Personal favorites here are the long tracks, The Manifold Curiosity and The Antique. To date, The Manifold Curiosity is my favorite piece by Driver/Matsumiya, an absolutely gorgeous piece of music that shows the many changes the band has made in their shift of sound out of the MotW era. It reminds me quite a bit of Starless by KC, but with an extra, even more chaotic ending here. I would recommend that any serious listener of prog music give this specific track a try, as you will find yourself learning new things on your journey through the track again and again.

In summation, if you are looking for a challenging album that will test your nerves, soothe you with calm passages, and shock you with waves of riffs, you can be sure that Choirs of the Eye will deliver. A band that has few equals and a gathering crowd of followers and believers.

OpethGuitarist | 5/5 |

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