With musical influences as diverse as their members, Kaeyo, the seven-piece outfit explores both the heights and depths of metal. While contemporary pop-metal acts battle for the soul of its genre, Kaeyo is not timid when it comes to both celebrating and extending the contemporary trends and long-held dogma of both popular and experimental heavy metal. To say that they are a synth-pop-metal band would not give due credit to the virtuosity of guitarists George Belaires and Alex Jacobs. While there is never a time-signature or key change that doesn’t enhance the intrinsic musicality of the song they create, they never seem like architects building a mathematically perfect song. Their writing style and live sound seem like they should be at odds with each other on paper, but they never do. This is a much deserved credit to their chief songrwriters Kyle Fritz and George Belaires. While some bands might sound like they belong in the studio, and some might sound more at home on the live stage, Kaeyo blurs the line between progressive metal and an all-in-your-face-rock-n-roll-live-act; they never clamor to be at home in either the technical facets of recording studio perfection or live band impulsiveness. Harry Schultz and Bill Berger add both depth and breadth to the bands arrangements by bringing both style and range that is much needed in today’s “crunch obsessed” metal culture. The lyrics will frighten you, and they should. But the way both vocalists deliver their brand of neo-pop-metal will both haunt and comfort you in ways that no band could, and all bands should.