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Empty Yard Experiment – Kallisti

Head-drilling progressive wonder

Thank God for the internet. Without it there’s little chance that you’d have heard of Empty Yard Experiment, a band from Dubai playing a uniquely difficult brand of post-prog rock.

Kallisti is a sweeping, epic, multi-faceted piece that takes its listener on a journey that very few other bands are able to. Only the likes of Tool, Opeth, Anathema and Porcupine Tree are able to conjure such soundscapes and narratives within their music on a regular basis.

A song like Entropy crams everything into its six-minute running time, from haunting melodic fragility to complex, rhythmical riffing, to threatening spoken passages. Were they to have come from a traditional western stronghold of rock then EYE would surely have been lauded long ago. Luckily the world is getting smaller as they get bigger.

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.