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Kayo Dot’s Epic, Experimental Metal: A Retrospective

Kayo Dot

As the sole constant member of the genre-hopping, experimental-metal project Kayo Dot, Toby Driver has made it his mission to circumvent the obvious. This is a band that can swing wildly from operatic doom through neoclassical space-rock to outright electro prog, often within the course of a single epic track; the lyrical depth, whether delivered via growls, croons, or sung in falsetto, is less likely to have audiences waving their cigarette lighters than reaching for the nearest dictionary. (The vocabulary of Kayo Dot’s new album, Blasphemy, includes words like “circumambulation.”) 

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Devil Horns: Metal Bands Who Use Brass and Woodwinds

Hands Of Olarc

Hands Of Olarc

It’s all too convenient to blame the beginning of woodwinds and horns in metal on flute-toting proggers Jethro Tull, who absurdly won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance (besting Metallica’s And Justice For All) in 1989 for their album Crest of a Knave. But the injection of horn blasts into hard rock dates as far back as Led Zeppelin, The Stooges, and Hawkwind. Punk bands like The Clash, The Damned, and Ramones used horns on select tunes, and if you count harmonica, you can throw a slew of others into the mix, including Black Sabbath.

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