Austin AK66 Koll: gtrs/bass/drums/vox.
After years of involvement in various musical endeavors and finally casting aside the rules and boundaries of playing music within a specific genre, as part of a collective, or for a particular goal in mind, GYAOS:DIABOLICAL is simply an independent expression of music. Songs are not written with a specific goal or initiative or style in mind. It is music for the sake of music taking inspiration from what sounds good in the moment; by what is spinning on the turntable, and whatever is swirling around in the ether. Raw and real.
Staring down the path ahead, a single fraying braid that holds the night. Shall I walk down to Black North Road…
After spending many years playing, recording, and touring as a drummer in several different bands to varying degrees of success, Austin Koll went into the studio in 2019 with a small clutch of songs in hand. Looking to shed the dependencies interlaced with working within a collective, it was an exploratory proof of concept endeavor: would he be able to produce music to his liking without the need to engage with other musicians. The resulting tracks proved incentive enough to continue the pursuit of self-contained artistic expression. Adopting the moniker 'GYAOS:DIABOLICAL' to represent this rising phoenix and musical rebirth, Austin continues on, pursuing this 'crime of passion': the realization of unconstrained expression.
Drawing inspiration from pioneering crossover thrash bands such as Cryptic Slaughter and The Crumbsuckers, as well as newer bands such as Iron Reagan and Dead Cross, GYAOS:DIABOLICAL is heavily steeped in the fundamental elements of thrxsh: aggression, driving rhythms, and outrage. Blending in elements from the tumultuous chaos turbines of digital hardcore bands such as Atari Teenage Riot and EC8OR, along with the raw, analog atmospheric aesthetics of crusty black metal, GYAOS:DIABOLICAL is a reflection of Austin's mood and perspectives. Taking inspiration not from a singular source, but rather from converging vectors of influence from music, media, literature, and the environment itself. Songs are the result of what is spinning on the turntable and whatever is swirling around in the ether. Themes of self-expression, individualism, and profanation are omni present.
With the initial recording providing the catalyst, GYAOS:DIABOLICAL completed recording an additional set of songs which combined and became the debut full length 'Let the Vultures Speak'. 'Let the Vultures Speak' was independently released in May 2021. Containing 8 songs, it established the blue print for GYAOS:DIABOLICAL:
"Let's stay in blazing (but dynamic) thrash mode with this next dose of gut-punching, skull-cracking, adrenaline-fueled crossover, courtesy of GYAOS:DIABOLICAL. You get this into your system, it's hard to get it out. (There are seven more tracks on the album this one comes from, which is entitled Let the Vultures Speak, and I'm looking forward to letting this run hard right through my skull.)" – NoCleanSinging.com
Over the next year Austin crafted a new set of songs for the follow-up. Entering the studio in March of 2022, and once again working with legendary NYHC producer Don Fury (Agnostic Front, Sick of it All), the resultant album 'In Accordance with the Prophecy' was crafted. 'In Accordance with the Prophecy' will be released on January 13th, 2023. The album continues the musical growth and furthers the aspirations of weaponized audio dissonance of GYAOS:DIABOLICAL.
Truths of unfolding fear harkens, bearing sight of paths resolved.
Follow me down to Black North Road.
“Let’s stay in blazing (but dynamic) thrash mode with this next dose of gut-punching, skull-cracking, adrenaline-fueled crossover, courtesy of GYAOS:DIABOLICAL. You get this into your system, it’s hard to get it out. (There are seven more tracks on the album this one comes from, which is entitled Let the Vultures Speak, and I’m looking forward to letting this run hard right through my skull.)”