Kayo Dot's relevance to metal is tenuous at best.
This is the followup band to
Maudlin Of The Well,
a group that, though fascinating in its own right,
was only occasionally in the metal world.
At one time Kayo Dot featured several of Maudlin's members
(in addition to those below, several others in
supporting roles), and
the style here is a clear extension to what Maudlin was
doing, but not surprisingly it's even less metallic in the
traditional sense, instead focusing on drawn-out,
semi-ambient soundscapes, often with a very dischordant tone,
with a multitude of eclectic instruments in the mix,
difficult to describe particularly within a normal rock/metal
have consistently garnered outstanding reviews, and
the reviews are justified, as this is really an elaborate,
complex listen -- just don't expect to do any headbanging.
Recent album: Blasphemy,
released on September 6, 2019.