Origin: USA  
Genres: Eclectic Metal
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Page online: December 9, 2004
Last update/review: July 1, 2016

Kayo Dot

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, classically oriented 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 context. Their albums 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.

Current Members

Toby Driver

guitars/vocals/electronics (Maudlin Of The Well)

Daniel Means

guitars/sax

Ron Varod

guitars (Sabbath Assembly)

Terran Olson

keyboards (Maudlin Of The Well)

Keith Abrams

drums

Tim Byrnes

trombone

Former Members/Guests

Greg Massi

guitars/vocals (Maudlin Of The Well)

John Carchia

guitars

Nicholas Kyte

bass/vocals

Ryan McGuire

bass/keyboards

Patrick Wolff

keyboards

Sam Gutterman

drums/vocals (Maudlin Of The Well)

Tom Malone

drums

Charlie Zeleny

drums (ex-Blotted Science, ex-Behold The Arctopus)

David Bodie

drums

Leonardo Didkovsky (guest)

drums

Phillip Price (guest)

drums

Forbes Graham

trombone/guitars

D. Thomas Murray

samples

Mia Matsumiya

violin



Discography



Choirs Of The Eye  
2003 Tzadik
  1. Marathon
  2. A Pitcher of Summer
  3. The Manifold Curiosity
  4. Wayfarer
  5. The Antique
  • Toby Driver
  • Greg Massi
  • Nicholas Kyte
  • Ryan McGuire
  • Sam Gutterman
  • Forbes Graham
  • Mia Matsumiya



Dowsing Anenome With Copper Tongue  
2006 Robotic Empire
  1. Gemini Becoming The Tripod
  2. Immortelle And Paper Caravelle
  3. Aura On An Asylum Wall
  4. On Limpid Form
  5. Amaranth The Peddler
  • Toby Driver
  • Greg Massi
  • John Carchia
  • Ryan McGuire
  • Tom Malone
  • Forbes Graham
  • D. Thomas Murray
  • Mia Matsumiya



Blue Lambency Downward  
2008 Hydra Head
  1. Blue Lambency Downward
  2. Clelia Walking
  3. Right Hand is the One I Want
  4. The Sow Submits
  5. The Awkward Windwheel
  6. The Useless Ladder
  7. Symmetrical Arizona
  • Toby Driver
  • Charlie Zeleny
  • Mia Matsumiya



Live In Bonn  
2009



Coyote  
2010 Hydra Head
  1. Calonyction Girl
  2. Whisper Ineffable
  3. Abyss Hinge 1: Sleeping Birds Sighing in Roscolux
  4. Abyss Hinge 2: The Shrinking Armature
  5. Cartogram Out of Phase
  • Toby Driver
  • Daniel Means
  • Patrick Wolff
  • Terran Olson
  • David Bodie
  • Mia Matsumiya



Stained Glass  EP
2010
  1. Stained Glass



Gamma Knife  
2012
  1. Lethe
  2. Rite of Goetic Evocation
  3. Mirror Water, Lightning Night
  4. Ocellated God
  5. Gamma Knife
  • Toby Driver
  • Terran Olson
  • Keith Abrams
  • Mia Matsumiya



Hubardo  
2013
  1. The Black Stone
  2. Crown-In-The-Muck
  3. Thief
  4. Vision Adjustment to Another Wavelength
  5. Zlida Caosgi (To Water the Earth)
  6. The First Matter (Saturn in the Guise of Sadness)
  7. The Second Operation (Lunar Water)
  8. Floodgate
  9. And He Built Him a Boat
  10. Passing the River
  11. The Wait of the World
  • Toby Driver
  • Daniel Means
  • Ron Varod
  • Terran Olson
  • Keith Abrams
  • Mia Matsumiya
  • Tim Byrnes



Coffins On Io  
2014 Flenser
  1. The Mortality of Doves
  2. Offramp Cycle, Pattern 22
  3. Longtime Disturbance on the Miracle Mile
  4. Library Subterranean
  5. The Assassination of Adam
  6. Spirit Photography
  • Toby Driver
  • Daniel Means
  • Ron Varod
  • Keith Abrams
  • Tim Byrnes



Plastic House On Base Of Sky  
2016 Flenser
  1. Amalia's Theme
  2. All The Pain In All The Wide World
  3. Magnetism
  4. Rings Of Earth
  5. Brittle Urchin
  • Toby Driver
  • Daniel Means
  • Ron Varod
  • Keith Abrams



Blasphemy  
2019 Prophecy
  1. Ocean Cumulonimbus
  2. The Something Opal
  3. Lost Souls on Lonesome's Way
  4. Vanishing Act in Blinding Gray
  5. Turbine, Hook, and Haul
  6. Midnight Mystic Rise and Fall
  7. An Eye for a Lie
  8. Blasphemy: A Prophecy
  • Toby Driver
  • Ron Varod
  • Leonardo Didkovsky
  • Phillip Price
  • Tim Byrnes




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