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These are sounds of the future. HKY play a futuristic blend of minimalist doom, super-slow and dirgeful, and come off as an extremely unique and modern Doom band. The time changes and song arrangements are very interesting and truly creates a fresh sound. The EP is devoid of riffs; instead, it embraces eccentric chord progressions that take charge.

Super-spacy and brutal, HKYís 2009 EP is thinking-manís Doom.

Spacy synths soar over power chords thick as cuts of pastrami from a New York deli. Distorted vocals give the songs a brutality that other progressive down-tempo acts lack; you can compare them to bands like Cult of Luna and Baronness. If youíre interested in stoner-riffs this isnít for you. Fans of the aforementioned might want to give it a listen as HKY deserve to be mentioned in the same breath of those types of bands. Except HKY sounds very sinister.

HKYís tunes will beat you down. When youíre done listening youíll feel like a pugilist whoís been trading punches for twelve rounds. But you won the fight. The title even. This is good shit. Enigmatic lyrics that seem to flow from one song to the next, chunks of Drone introducing and concluding each song, and brutal riffs; all these coalesce and produce what stands out as a very modern take on the entire Doom genre.

The third track of the EP, 'Heaven Sent Anvil' concludes with a real nice section of melodic guitars that break from the previously-used black-metal-inspired sound, and is actually sort of light. Turns in the path like these demonstrate HKYís depth. Great songwriting makes HKY stand out from the rest of the crowd. They do things that I didnít expect and they truly are a unique band.

This is memorable stuff, folks. Keep it coming.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Monument Inversion
2. Curve and Abundance
3. Heaven Sent Anvil
4. In Worship Facing the Ruins

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes

Visit the HKY bandpage.

Reviewed on 21-06-2010 by Mark Breckles
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