Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto were from California and existed between 1996 and 2005. Members then played in bands such as Look Back And Laugh, Saviours, Never Healed, Moralyson, and Baader Brains.

Yaphet Kotto are a reason why I love emotive hardcore and everything associated to it. They played a very authentic form of emo and were definitely unique in their existence. There are a lot of things to love about this band. First of all the duet vocals, sung and screamed. I know other bands do this aswell, but Yaphet Kotto did it in a very special way: the duet vocals totally fit to the music and expanded the dynamics in songs. Second of all, the instrumental work. The melodies are something out of this world, everything falls in together perfectly and supports the duet vocals. The whole mix sounds more passionate than anything you've heard before. Third of all, the lyrics. They're intelligent and full of social and political awareness. And the way the vocalist sing/scream these lyrics, it's as if they had only a few seconds left to live and give it all they have.

For the tl;dr people: Yaphet Kotto are simply better and more passionate than most bands. Ever since I heard this band (and I admit it was not too long ago until I really got into them), my whole view on emotional hardcore music changed.

For once, I'm going to post a special video (thank you Gabriel for showing it to me!), that's kind of a band-review video in which you hear songs in the background aswell:

Unreleased (2008)
1. Existence Is Pain
2. Full Of Mistakes
3. Héritage (Jasemine Cover)

We Bury Our Dead Alive (2004)
1. Intro
2. We Bury Our Dead Alive
3. The Heavy Burden
4. Past On The Stairs
5. Chime The Day
6. Paths
7. The Constant Ringing
8. The Lurking
9. Chime The Night
10. Outro

European Tour (2003)
1. Alive And Dead
2. Tracing
3. Momentary Loss Of Breath

Envy/Yaphet Kotto/This Machine Kills (2002)
1. Yaphet Kotto - The Fall
2. Yaphet Kotto - Tracing
3. Yaphet Kotto - Momentary Loss Of Breath
4. This Machine Kills - Define Silence
5. This Machine Kills - Carpet Of Gold/Carpet Of Bombs
6. This Machine Kills - Our Histories Have Burned Holes In Your Flag
7. Envy - A Far-Off Reason
8. Envy - Signal
9. Envy - An Adventure Of Silence and Purpose
10. Yaphet Kotto/This Machine Kills/Envy - Untitled

Yaphet Kotto (2002)
1. Usual Suspect
2. According To History

Syncopated Synthetic Laments For Love (2001)
1. Circumstantial Evidence
2. Status Symbol
3. Inquire Within
4. The Wight Of Remorse
5. Fact Or Fiction
6. Syncopated Synthetic Laments For Love
7. Highly Enlightened
8. Blind Leading The Blind
9. Of Epic Proportions
10. Untitled

Yaphet Kotto/Suicide Nation (2000)
1. Yaphet Kotto - Critical Response
2. Suicide Nation - Collapse and Die

The Killer Was In The Government Blankets (1999)
1. First Meetings Agreement
2. Torn Pictures
3. Reserved For Speaker
4. Driving Through Natchez
5. Are You Still Working At That Café?
6. B and C
7. A Symbol
8. The Killer Was In The Government Blankets
9. Suffocate


  1. Dude, right on. Saw this band 2 times and they were amazing. Get at me, lets talk.

  2. Missing the 7" of The killer was in the goverment blankets has 3 other songs that werent on the 12"