The pandemic has left a deep mark on everyone’s life. Each person had to find their own way of metabolizing the traumatic event, more so the artists. Over those months KYOTY, a duo from Dover, New Hampshire, took advantage of the isolation started from the infamous March 2020 with a goal in their mind: composing a song per week. From composition to mastering, everything was done remotely. The final result of such effort is collection called Isolation, printed by Deafening Assembly over last February.
Placed under the category of atmospheric sludge / post-metal instrumental, KYOTY (acronym for Keep Your Opinions To Yourself) managed to record all the sensations and emotions that shook the world during the quarantine. It’s not by chance that the album starts with “Quarantine”, the heaviness of which immediately takes us back to the beginning of the COVID emergency. We are hereby welcomed by the slow and rhythmic advance of the drums, while massive distortions embrace us with their deep and repetitive riffs. In the background, a female voice tells us a story of great sadness and despair, of darkness and loneliness. This leads to “Ventilate”, which clearly adds to the mix industrial elements in support of a very intense atmospheric sludge. The windy bellows’ rustle keeps time, mesmerising with its rhythmic quality. In contrast to this anguish, there’s the angry, escapistic moments, painted through faster rhythms and sustained riffs. As if the music could make us run away from frustration, but the bellows were now our short and heavy breathing.
Then comes the two angriest songs on the album, “Onus” and “Holter”. The guitar screams its tragic melody as a call for help which, however, gets lost in the echo and the noise. The drums suddenly burst with frantic accelerations, while the bass obscures every effort with its vibrating density. Isolation‘s long journey is a prison of loneliness, stress and sadness, but there’s more. The track “Faith” is also worth mentioning: it detaches itself from the compact atmosphere of the other nine songs, telling us, albeit with pain, that giving up is not an option. Its symphonic background illuminates calmer, though harsh, riffs filled with awareness, adding a microscopic part of sweetness to the sonic journey.
KYOTY is Nathaniel Parker Raymond (bass and artwork) and Nick Filth ( guitar, drums and arrangements). Active since 2010, they released Remanufactured Realm Of Ancient Annihilation in 2017 and many other EPs and splits over the years, without considering the variety of other musical and non-musical projects in which they are involved. When asked during an interview, Filth argued that there is a common purpose that binds all artistic realities, which would be the intrinsic communicative capacity of art itself. Into musical field, the multifaceted duo has many projects under their belt in which they explore different genres, ranging from metal to electronics. Psychic Wound for example is the doom metal band in which Nick Filth is frontman, while Conquered is the visionary solo project of “Nat” Parker Raymond. Also Filth carries on other solo projects such as Dungeon Dog, an 80s goth rock act, Trembling Love, N’zwaa and Unisex.