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The Savannah, Georgia-based Kylesa are, fundamentally, a metal group, but they are otherwise difficult to categorize: elements of hardcore punk, psychedelic stoner rock, technical speed metal, and good old-fashioned Black Sabbath sludge appear in their music. Also, with a front line consisting of three very different singers instead of a single focal point, Kylesa have a musical variety lacking from many of their more monochromatic peers. Kylesa formed in Savannah in 2001, taking their unusual name from "kilesa mara," what Buddhist teachings term demons of defilement and delusion. Guitarist and singer Phillip Cope and bassist Brian Duke were former members of the Savannah grindcore act Damad, which had released two albums in the '90s; the original lineup was completed with the addition of guitarist and singer Laura Pleasants and drummer Brandon Baltzley. After the release of a single and a split EP with Memento Mori, sessions for Kylesa's debut album were tragically cut short when Duke died during an epileptic seizure. Replacing Duke with bassist and singer Corey Barhorst, the band completed its self-titled debut, released in late 2002. More singles and a placeholder EP, 2004's No Ending 110 Degree Heat Index, followed before Kylesa signed with the indie metal label Prosthetic Records and released their second proper album, To Walk a Middle Course, in 2005. Following the release of that album, Baltzley left the group, replaced by a pair of drummers, Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley. Kylesa's third album, Time Will Fuse Its Worth, was released on Halloween 2006, followed by Static Tensions in 2009. The following year, Kylesa dove even deeper into the psychedelic waters they'd been exploring with Spiral Shadow, which arrived on Season of Mist. The trend continued on their more melodic and expansive sixth album, 2013's Ultraviolet. But Cope and Pleasants never stopped writing. They stockpiled riffs, melodies, and production ideas before embarking on a grueling bout of touring that would last into 2014. When the pair reentered the studio, it was with new drummer Carl McGinley. They delved into their stash for source material. In July of 2015, they announced the imminent release of the album The Exhausting Fire with first single "Lost and Confused." Recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina and produced by Cope, the set compiled and compounded virtually every sound that Kylesa had explored on earlier records as well as some new ones. The Exhausting Fire was issued on October 2. ~ Stewart Mason
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  1.   Song
  2.   Only One
  3.   Shaping the Southern Sky
  4.   Lost and Confused
  5.   Hollow Severer
  6.   Insomnia for Months
  7.   Paranoid Tempo
  8.   Scapegoat
  9.   Curse of Lost Days, The III by Cream Abdul Babar
  10.   Nature's Predators
  11.   Fractured
  12.   Curse of Lost Days, The IV by Cream Abdul Babar
  13.   Forsaken
  14.   Phantoms
  15.   Bottom Line
  16.   Long Gone
  17.   Train of Thought
  18.   Curse of Lost Days, The II by Cream Abdul Babar
  19.   Drifting
  20.   Quicksand
  21.   Steady Breakdown
  22.   Unspoken
  23.   Drained
  24.   Wavering
  25.   End Truth
  26.   111 Degree Heat Index
  27.   Inverse
  28.   Spiral Shadow
  29.   Dust
  30.   Drop Out
  31.   Distance Closing In
  32.   Crowded Road
  33.   Back and Forth
  34.   Shiss by Cream Abdul Babar
  35.   Curse of Lost Days, The I by Cream Abdul Babar
  36.   To Walk Alone
  37.   Interstellar Overdrive
  38.   Intro
  39.   What Becomes an End
  40.   Between Silence and Sound
  41.   The Warning
  42.   Crashing Slow
  43.   Motion and Presence
  44.   Bottom Line II
  45.   Tired Climb
  46.   Running Red
  47.   Eyes Closed From Birth
  48.   Unknown Awareness
  49.   Identity Defined
  50.   Grounded
  51.   Low Tide
  52.   Welcome Mat to an Abandoned Life
  53.   Said and Done
  54.   Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
  55.   To Forget
  56.   Drum Jam
  57.   We're Taking This
  58.   Exhale
  59.   Shatter the Clock
  60.   Intermission
  61.   Vulture's Landing
  62.   Bass Salts
  63.   In Memory
  64.   Curse of Lost Days, The V by Cream Abdul Babar
  65.   Almost Lost
  66.   Cocaine Pinata by Cream Abdul Babar
  67.   Outro
  68.   Troy:Sailor by Cream Abdul Babar
  69.   What Does It Take
  70.   Where the Horizon Unfolds
  71.   Don't Look Back
  72.   Perception
  73.   Ignoring Anger
  74.   Cheating Synergy
  75.   Rose in the Mouth by Cream Abdul Babar
  76.   No Remorse
  77.   Ceaseless Becoming
  78.   The Scarab
  79.   Point of Stillness
  80.   Testing the Good of Man
  81.   Descend Within
  82.   Dream of the Freedom to Come
  83.   Parent's Song
  84.   No Ending
  85.   A 100° Heat Index
  86.   Delusion on Fire
  87.   Clutches (Nausea)
  88.   Left to Stawrve