Check Out a New Kayo Dot Song “Library Subterranean”

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Toby Driver, you crazy bastard. Not even a year after the release of the spectacular Hubardo, Kayo Dot are back with another new album, Coffins on Io, the fourth track of which, “Library Subterranean”, is now available for streaming from Brooklyn Vegan.

As touched on in my interview with guitarist Ron Varod, this album represents a pretty radical stylistic shift from just about all their previous work, yet “Library Subterranean” still retains some (somewhat obfuscated) touchstones from each of their previous albums. The epic compositional scope of Choirs of the Eye and Hubardo is present, as is Coyote‘s oblique sense of melody.

The song seamlessly flows between a goth-y, spaced out intro to synth-driven art pop before a syncopated groove enters. The song continues to develop before reaching its climax, a gorgeously dark sax solo courtesy of Dan Means over shifting riffs provided by the rest of the band. Brooklyn Vegan’s Ian Chainey calls it “a pulsating thrum that’s Meshuggah if played by Ashra, and then with a biting/corrosive guitar-led chase that’s straight Voivod” transitioning “into King Crimson in a volume duel with Urban Sax.” The song moves from something like a darker Kid A or a minimalist take on Seventeen Seconds to something right out of mid-period Ulver with some The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway thrown in for good measure all within the first four minutes or so. Like any new Kayo Dot material, it’s going to take some time to digest completely, but if this is any indication the rest of the album should be incredible.

Stream “Library Subterranean” on Brooklyn Vegan here.

Coffins on Io is set for release October 16th on Flenser Records. Preorder here!

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Choirs of the Eye: one of the best albums ever
    #FactFacts

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      #KayoFax

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I love this band, mostly because I have no idea what they are doing.

    • I only started listening when Christian did that interview with Ron but dang this band is pretty rad.

      • Christian Molenaar
      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        I was lucky enough to have a weirdo friend in highschool to introduce me to Choirs and Dowsing. So good, and so far away from the Mudvayne and other nonsense I was listening to at the time.

    • Randall Thor

      Yeah I’m finding this song awesome, definitely need to invest in them in the future

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Always invest in the Kayo. I saw them live about 6 years ago and Toby sold me a shirt. It was a solid investment.

  • Edward Meehan

    I have never listened to Kayo Dot (to the best of my knowledge) but based on this description I would like to listen to this song after work.

    • Christian Molenaar

      dooooooooood…get on this. Just listen to all their albums in order on repeat forever.

      • Edward Meehan

        Pushing play on this song now, at least.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      You would know if you had. They are hard to miss.

    • W.

      I thought you were going to change your disqus? Also I just discovered I can use italics on here.

      Edit: It doesn’t show up. Poop.

      • Edward Meehan

        W. I did change it but it didn’t save so I changed it again. It should be right now, although I guess I don’t know how it looks on your end but on my end it is correct.

        Italics?!

        • Showing up as Edward Meehan for me.

          • Edward Meehan

            Without being annoying, I’m going to rally you or Joe to change the headline of my second post for the site lol. A small oversight on my part.

          • I’m on it. What’s it called?

          • Edward Meehan
          • W.

            Crate Diggin’ I think.

          • Edward Meehan

            Correct. I searched the site for “crate diggin” and it came right up.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            So, is Edward Meehan yout real name or what?

          • Edward Meehan

            It is, that’s me! Now that I’m legitimized I need to do some “real writing” lol

          • there’s a strange land in which many of us know each other’s real selves. i think i speak for all of us when i say, “who is the real @metaphysicalanus:disqus?”

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You are not even able to pronounce my real name.

          • Edward Meehan

            Anus you are Swedish, yeah?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            No! I’m Finnish! I thought that I have stated this already!

          • Edward Meehan

            I apologize, you had but I got the countries mistaken. I am American, after all. Lol.

          • “so are you Chinese or Japanese?” – Cotton Hill

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Cotton? That’s racist

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I forgive you, bby.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            By the way, are you my great grandfather?

          • Edward Meehan

            I’m not quite that old lol

          • Metaphysical Anus

            But he was also named Edward. That means you have to be him.

          • Edward Meehan

            It’s a strong name.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Wait, some of you guys know eachother in real life?

          • W.

            A bunch of us are FB friends.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Now I understand. Maybe.

          • so far i’ve got one notch on my bedpost (@Stockhausen:disqus) but i’m going to meet everyone at MDF next year!!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Not everyone.

          • don’t remind me 🙁

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I will. You don’t want to meet me.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Are you saying that I’m wrong, friendo?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I really wish I could go but I’m broke and hotels got very expensive during that time. I might go in 2016 or the year after.

        • W.

          You’re good, mane.

          • Edward Meehan

            I know, but, italics?!?!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I like comic sans.

          • +1,000,000

          • W.

            It worked when I hit control i and typed in the box. Didn’t work after submitting.

          • Edward Meehan

            I’ve seen Cybernetic Organism write on here in italics. Swear I have.

          • our fallen brethren Cap’n Calmari (previously We’re Woes) could write all kinds of funky symbols

          • Edward Meehan

            Where is the brah Cap’n Calamari anyways? Dude was tight.

          • yes, he’d be a monumentally welcome addition to our toilet. i think conan knows him, said he was too busy or something. but that was months ago.

          • Edward Meehan

            Ah. If anyone still trolls The Site That Shall Not Be Named they should make another go at recruitment.

          • i’m finnished commenting over there, as i see many of you all are too. it’s such a shithole.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            The place is fucking dead. Only random people and Hester are there.

          • W.

            I haven’t been over there in weeks except once or twice to make sure I wasn’t writing about something they’ve already done.

          • Edward Meehan

            I was there briefly a day last week when the posted that “metal trolls” article because someone shared it in our FB group. I noticed Sergeant D had an article up which got what appeared to be a small number of comments (for his articles) and they premiered the new Deafheaven track. I was thinking on my drive home from work of doing a late as fuck piece about that…

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Something else i think about is, if a lot of us met each other in the street without knowing each others identities and if we were’t wearing metal shirts we would probably have no interactions with each other. That’s why when i fought with a girl on the boards i told her , i forgive you , i’m the type of guy would save you from being trampled at a show.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I haven’t trolled there for a while now.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            the trick to doing that without being a spammer is to simply follow the commenter you are trying to recruit….if they see notifications and looks at your history, they’ll see what’s going on here and hopefully visit

          • W.

            It works in the main post.

          • Edward Meehan

            Like the postings for the site? Oh yeah. Bold, italics, probably underline and strike out too. Links, pictures, all that goodness.

            I really enjoy the “read more” cut off feature.

    • whoa, you just became real

      • Edward Meehan

        Jimmy it occurred to me that if I wanted to keep posting for the site it might be wise to do so under my real name and not a pseudonym. I can always go back to it and I have another genius pen name in store but I haven’t had to break it out yet lol

        • ah, that’s something that would be UN-wise for a guy like me. my boss: “hey there ______ i did a google search and found lots of posts of yours on a website during hours that i’m paying you to be working…”
          (is that a lil’ sweetheart in your hand in the pic?)

          • Edward Meehan

            I do spend a fairly large amount of my workday on the computer anyways. My boss… tolerates it. I think.

            It is! I started out cat sitting him but I think my roommate and I are going to keep him. Thor, his name is Thor. Dude is tight!

          • as a fellow cat lover, i applaud your decision. as a Marvel fanboy, i applaud his name. i’ll check your FB for more pictures (post them dammit!)

          • Edward Meehan

            I can’t take credit for his name, dude is 8 years old and I have only had him for a couple of months.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            hahahha, i always wonder how you get away with being on here so much during work hours. Are you an executive with a big office ? That would be cool.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        check out this dress taylor is wearing. This is a traffic stopper, would probably cause a pile up of blues brothers proportions. Also another chance to say belushi was the king – animal house & the blues brothers – star wars & the empire strikes back of comedy.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    The postal fee is only 10USD, so I can actually pre-order this!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I wish I was more interested in these guys but alas I am not. I should give them a chance though.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Do give them a chance. They’re so good. So good.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’ll give them a chance when I get back from vacation. I’m going to be going to where I’m going tomorrow which means I will not be on here tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Gordön

    It’s pronounced Gor-Don

  • Xan

    Damn, that synth and guitar combo at the beginning is beautiful. I’ll have to keep tabs on this band. In other news, I found a pretty cool online store that sells metal CDs for low costs. http://gravenvelope.storenvy.com/

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I love that they have Red Fang and Behemoth for such cheap prices. Hell, they have Sunbather for half the price of Amazon!

    • Howard Dean

      Have you ordered from them yet? Do you know if they are legit or if they’re slinging bootlegs? They have such a random and limited stock and with ridiculously low prices. That always sends up my bootleg antenna.*

      *Bootlegs certainly have their place in metal, but none of the releases this store is selling are particularly rare, so that’s an odd combo to see.

      • Xan

        It’s legitimate. The CD’s and the packaging has all been authentic (as far as I can tell. Most of the CD’s condition are better than the one’s I got from Amazon (fucking sent me a broken jewel case for Death’s Individual Thought Patterns). Here’s a picture of four of them I’ve ordered:

        • Howard Dean

          Busted jewel cases are always a bummer, but it comes with the territory when you order online. It’s always good to buy some extra jewel cases to keep around and to use in times like that. Most of the time, it’s not the distributor/label’s fault. It’s usually the mail carrier and deliverer who break the shit. A lot of smaller distributors (especially ones overseas) have begun shipping the CD/booklet/inlays separately without jewel cases. It cuts down on shipping costs. Kind of a pain in the ass, but I understand where they’re coming from (and the extra cost would only trickle down and be incurred by those buying the stuff anyway).

          • Xan

            Yeah, I have several jewel cases that I robbed from shitty albums (used the CD’s as drink coasters). It really sucks when a digipack is damaged. Just another reason I despise digipacks.

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    Well, chicken lovers, after last night’s ” while my guitar dgently weeps” promotion went over like gangbusters, it will continue this week starting tonite with the song from canadian superstar vocalist burton cummings of the guess who ” break it to them dgently”. The guess who did that good song krokus played by krokus called american woman.
    As an added treat singer/songwriter/trv kvltist blake judd will be working on a black metal version of the gambler which will appear on my new album Kenny goes Kvlt. *opens back door and hollers ” goddamn it son, how long you been on that coffee break !, now quit fucking around with yer bros and wash these dishes* ” You know if that boy’s pa hadn’t saved my ass in NAM …………………..well , a promise is a promise, and a promise is what we live by at KRR’s, the promise of the best dang meal in town or we’ll give you a coupon for $1.00 off next time.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      …………

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Conan, do you remember the band Triumph? I’m sure you do because they were Canadian and they were good. They were the most underrated Canadian band in my opinion. They were a power trio like Rush, but that’s where the comparisons end. Triumph was really heavy pop rock and Rush is Rush. I like Triumph and I have a few of their albums on vinyl and I have their live album Stages on CD. I love the cover of their album Just A Game as I have a gatefold cover of it and it has a board game in the gatefold. The board game is impossible to win but it is fun. Everyone should give Triumph more of an chance than they first gave them.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          Oh yea next to rush i listened to triumph the most. And after that another canadian proggish band called saga (they had a couple of hits , wind him up, & on the loose. My favorite triumph album cover, i had a shirt.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I have Worlds Apart on vinyl. I hate Saga though. I liked their hits and their albums up to Heads or Tales weren’t half bad but then something went wrong with them and they started to suck which culminated in their album Generation 13 which is the worst concept album ever in my opinion. They shouldn’t have made Generation 13 as it sounded nothing like Saga. It sounded like Rush combined with a crappy Cure ripoff band.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            that was bad, but they have huge success in germany and parts of europe and have returned to their worlds apart sound and put out some half decent stuff. The guitars are very distinctive and the singer still has his pipes.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I wish Geddy still had his pipes, but I guess I’ll have to manage with the singer of Saga. They had this song on their first album I loved called Perfectionist about a psychopath who poisons the attendance of a fest he organized. I still prefer Rush over Saga and Triumph seeing that as I am part Canadian I take pride in Rush, Tim Horton’s and hockey. I do not take pride in Nickelback, Bieber or Lance Storm of ECW and I apologize for those three things. I fucking HATE Lance Storm for his Team Canada stable in WCW and his calling Dawn Marie a bitch when she was part of the Impact Players in ECW. I feel bad that Hacksaw Jim Duggan turned on the US thanks to that bastard child Lance Storm and his Team Canda bullshit.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            yea, i bought time machine and had not heard spirit of radio live for many, many years and when geddy started singing it i kind of jumped back in surprise because it sounded so different from the original. But after a few more listens i adjusted to it. His voice has never been my favorite part of the band, but since every other component in the band is still running at 100% i overlook the vocal inconsistencies. Getting old is a bitch, especially for entertainers, be it musicans or actors.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I saw them back in 2013 in Saratoga and they were awesome live. Even though Geddy’s voice was getting strained by the end of the show he still did a great version of Tom Sawyer. The odd thing was they didn’t play Limelight which they did on every other tour date apparently.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            When it comes to my favorite album cover of Triumph I like the one for The Sport Of Kings followed by Allied Forces and Thunder Seven. I have Thunder Seven on this audiophile vinyl called QUIEX 2 from the 1980s. It’s not a bad album.

          • Howard Dean

            Dude, get it going on the Mitchell!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXnTbmPxv5g

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I will stop on by and pick up some chicken on my way home from work. Also, the Guess Who fucking rule. They are extremely underrated and the songs Friends of Mine and American Woman by them are amazing. I would also love a black metal cover of The Gambler.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Exactly what i say about krokus. The blitz was a hit but besides midnite maniac and our love their was a lot of duds on that too. Change of address was horrible, especially putting out their bad cover of school’s out as the first single. I bought it for 3 buck new off ebay just to be a completeist. Their last album dirty dynamite was better than anything ac/dc has done since fly on the wall. The only other krokus albums i can’t listen to by krokus are stampede & round 13. Mark is NOT on vocals on these and must be avoided at all costs (unlistenable).
        The same thing happened to TS coming off the huge success of stay hungry they released their weakest album come out and play which was launced with a god awful cover of “leader of the pack”. The next single was be chrool to your skool which was even worse some how. To me that is the worst follow up to a hit album in the history of 80’s metal. Personally i think krokus blow away sister on all fronts but i would probably have strong opposition to that. It must be said that the TS mtv videos with mark metcalfe of animal house & seinfeld fame (the maestro) made the band milliionaires.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I loved the Dirty Dynamite album and the one before that in 2010 was great as well. I own that Twisted Sister album with Be Cruel to your School. It had a cool cover and that’s it as the music was terrible.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      HEY!!!
      STAY AWAY FROM THE CHICKEN!!!
      BAD CHICKEN!!! ‘LL MESS YOU UP!!!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I feel that you are talking about the Seinfeld episode with Kenny Rogers’ Roasters. I love that episode.

        • Mother Shabubu III

          You are correct sir.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Damnit, now I want Kenny Roger’s Roasters! We don’t even have them in the US anymore as they’re owned by Nathan’s. They are in other countries though.

      • Howard Dean

        I had no idea Kenny Rogers started a restaurant chain, but my fuck would I eat some country-fried chicken sold to me by The Gambler.

  • Evan Clutson

    Wish they would make another maudlin of the Well album.