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CHOIRS OF THE EYE

Kayo Dot

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.27 | 285 ratings

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progrules
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3 stars It really beats me why this band had to be switched from the experimental/post metal subgenre to rio/avant prog. To me there is no better example of experimental metal (along with Green Carnation perhaps) even though there could also be arguments to place it in the recent category. I will leave it at this since these discussions should not take place in the reviews but I had to get this off my sleeve.

Besides this another statement I will have to make is that Kayo Dot isn't exactly my favorite sort of metal. My taste and preference lie more in the straightforward prog metal like DT, SX, LTE, Vandenplas and Threshold. And then this is a totally different ball game. But if I do my very best to be more open minded I must admit there is very interesting music to be found with this band, especially with this album (don't know there other material yet). The two epics truly deliver some captivating stuff and it's hard to deny a certain class listening to Choirs of the Eye. Marathon is much more avant garde indeed (1:30-2:30 for instance) and the suddenly emerging wall of noise is quite impressive as well.

In the end there is at least one undisputed truth about Choirs of the Eye and that is the 100% progressive state. And therefore I can partly subscribe the masterpiece status. But I'm afraid I'm in Bob's corner where my taste and definitive rating are concerned. It's simply not my kind of thing and it's not an album I will play for my enjoyment. But it's nevertheless highly recommended for the true prog seekers and probably even a must ! Three stars for me though.

progrules | 3/5 |

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