New York-based and Boston-born progressive avant-garde metal giants Kayo Dot are getting ready to release their seventh studio album, Hubardo, to coincide with the ten year anniversary of their first release in 2003, Choirs of the Eye.
Making their way out to Avast Studios in Seattle, Washington, the band will once again team up with producer Randall Dunn (known for his work with SunnO))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Boris, Earth, and others) come April.
Hubardo is a conceptual double album spanning a whole 90 minutes of music with story and lyrics written by former maudlin of the Well vocalist Jason Byron. Recording personnel include Toby Driver on Bass, Keys, Guitars and Vocals, Terran Olson on Keys and Woodwinds, Daniel Means on Woodwinds and Synth, Mia Matsumiya on violin, Tim Byrnes on Trumpet and Horn in F, the first proper studio recording with Keith Abrams on drums, and the first recording contribution of longtime live collaborator Ron Varod on Guitar.
The album will be released on band’s own label, Ice Level Music, with pre-orders being instituted to compensate recording and travel costs. Pre-Orders will be offered in 3xLP Deluxe, Standard, and Digital-only editions, featuring limited 200g colored vinyl in triple gatefold (six huge panels of artwork), a 5-chapter poem by Jason Byron entitled The Sword Of Satan, signed poster, t-shirt, guitar pick, and sticker.
Pre-orders are live now, and the tracklist is as follows:
- 1. The Black Stone (~7:00)
- 2. Crown-In-The-Muck (~9:00)
- 3. Thief (~5:30)
- 4. Vision Adjustment To Another Wavelength (~5:00)
- 5. Zodelida Caosaji (To Water The Earth) (~6:00)
- 6. The First Matter (Saturn In The Guise Of Sadness) (~9:30)
- 7. The Second Operation (Lunar Water) (~10:30)
- 8. Floodgate (~7:00)
- 9. And He Built Him A Boat (~7:00)
- 10. Passing The River (~8:00)
- 11. The Wait Of The World (~18:00)
Records will be limited to 300 copies for the Deluxe Edition and 200 copies for the Standard Edition. Hubardo is slated for a Fall 2013 release to coincide with Kayo Dot’s tenth anniversary.