Kayo Dot
Hubardo


4.5
superb

Review

by NightmareCinema16 USER (36 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2013 | 1080 replies | 76,067 views


Release Date: 09/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After 10 years of waiting, building, and careful preparation, Kayo Dot crafts their finest work since Choirs of the Eye.

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Choirs of the Eye. That was the apotheosis of Kayo Dot's career. It proved itself to be one of the darkest, most intimidating, beautiful progressive post rock album of its time. Unfortunately, it was also the root of Kayo Dot's own impending degradation over time. It wouldn't be until ten years later, in 2013, that the group would be able to come close to matching its debut album. The result is the dark concept double album, Hubardo. And the wait was definitely worth it.

There are two things that already make something like Hubardo extremely daring. One: this is a concept album. Two: Hubardo is also a double album. Add the two factors together, and shouldn't be too difficult to see that Kayo Dot was out there to take a risk of possibly creating something beyond what it used to be. Of course, Hubardo hurdles beyond the likes of Gamma Knife and Stained Glass to create a sprawling monolith of an avant-garde 21st century metal work of art and puts everything they've done in the past together. The concept ends up being absolutely stunning and epic, covering the events of a meteor crashing into Earth from start to end, as written by ex-maudlin of the well vocalist, Jason Bryon. What's even more stunning than the concept itself is how it is presented and translated throughout the entire double album. The darkness of avant-garde metal and the heavy blistering abyss of death metal sections help create an atrocity of a beast and yet the band is still able to keep the beauty of the album through the trippy fusion of ambience and jazz and the complex instrumentation of progressive rock. This is where Hubardo is a massive success.

In another sense, Hubardo also has an incredible arsenal of stark individuality and notable composition to it. Not to mention has Jason Bryon written an incredible concept , but has also contributed some very harsh vocals and growls throughout Hubardo. The vocals are an essential puzzle piece in building absolute intensity to the dark, destructive nature of the album. Of course, the musicians cannot be forgotten in any way at all, as they play an even bigger role in the album. The speed, craftiness, and the power of Keith Abrams is insane and amplifies the already rising intensity of each track. The classical presence of Kayo Dot is once again back, being represented by the memorable woodwind solos of Daniel Means and the trumpet playing of Tim Byrnes. Other past members of Kayo Dot are also play very important roles in Hubardo, forming the structure of the album. To top it off, Toby Driver's lead vocals are as shocking as ever, ruthless in every way, and furious as hell. This is what the group does best.

It only takes these following advantages and strengths for Hubardo to be one of Kayo Dot's strongest album since Choirs of the Eye. It has every element that made certain aspects of past works such as Gamma Knife, Stained Glass, Coyote, and Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue strong, a nearly invincible concept, and the pinnacle of the group's musicianship. All of that is why Hubardo is deserving of the current accolades and acclaim it has so far received. And it only took 10 years for Kayo Dot to get this far. Was it worth the wait? Definitely.

4.7/5



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NightmareCinema16
September 2nd 2013



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album of the year.

sixdegrees
September 2nd 2013



16727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

whoa

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Hawks
September 2nd 2013



34344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So I've only heard Gamma Knife by this band and I thought it sucked, but everyone seems to think this is the best thing ever. I'll check it out.

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oltnabrick
September 2nd 2013



30080 Comments


look at that average

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Wadlez
September 2nd 2013



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hawks.. Listen to this and Choirs... That average is deserved. They possibly bested Choirs

demigod!
September 2nd 2013



43812 Comments


really been loving maudlin lately so i'll be sure to check these guys out soon. nice review

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2013



9977 Comments


Yeah, Gamma Knife definitely sucked.

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SaneTBP
September 2nd 2013



1643 Comments


So this thingy really seems to be good, hopefully not a letdown

Wadlez
September 2nd 2013



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Listen to this loud and with quality headphones.. Zlida caosgi may be my favorite song by KD

SaneTBP
September 2nd 2013



1643 Comments


I listen to all my stuff with quality headphones so that shouldn't be a problem I think!

Wadlez
September 2nd 2013



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Sane it's not a must to listen in that way but for me I picked up on many more details in the heavier more dense tracks
especially.

SaneTBP
September 2nd 2013



1643 Comments


Yeah, listening with a great setup really enhances the experience

Underflow
September 2nd 2013



2522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't wait to listen to this.

JS19
September 2nd 2013



4158 Comments


Downloaded this all ready for a proper listen when I have the time. Excited is an understatement. Choirs is top 5 of all time

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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2013



7018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is the metal album of the decade thus far.

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NightmareCinema16
September 2nd 2013



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Still like Choirs more. I need to listen to again.

Wadlez
September 2nd 2013



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm just ecstatic KD produced another work that at least comes close to Choirs.. I think it may be better.. Can't say until more
listens

Gwyn.
September 2nd 2013



14870 Comments


oh my oh my

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Evreaia
September 2nd 2013



3953 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

choirs is better than this, choirs is perfection, this is just supah bitching flipping good

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DanielNightLewis
September 2nd 2013



539 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Time will tell, Choirs has had a decade to take root in our musical consciousness as a classic, given time I think people will recognise this as being on a par with it (at the least).



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