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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.   Unknown Awareness
  4.   Long Gone
  5.   To Forget
  6.   Crusher
  7.   In Memory
  8.   Curse of Lost Days, The V by Cream Abdul Babar
  9.   Between Silence and Sound
  10.   We're Taking This
  11.   Lost and Confused
  12.   Outro
  13.   Train of Thought
  14.   Inverse
  15.   Cocaine Pinata by Cream Abdul Babar
  16.   Fractured
  17.   Curse of Lost Days, The III by Cream Abdul Babar
  18.   Curse of Lost Days, The II by Cream Abdul Babar
  19.   Vulture's Landing
  20.   Steady Breakdown
  21.   Grounded
  22.   Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
  23.   Bass Salts
  24.   Wavering
  25.   Tired Climb
  26.   Forsaken
  27.   Back and Forth
  28.   Troy:Sailor by Cream Abdul Babar
  29.   Rose in the Mouth by Cream Abdul Babar
  30.   Curse of Lost Days, The I by Cream Abdul Babar
  31.   To Walk Alone
  32.   Running Red
  33.   Interstellar Overdrive
  34.   What Becomes an End
  35.   Where the Horizon Unfolds
  36.   Crashing Slow
  37.   Eyes Closed From Birth
  38.   Motion and Presence
  39.   Bottom Line II
  40.   Out of My Mind
  41.   Bottom Line
  42.   Paranoid
  43.   Growing Roots
  44.   Blood Moon
  45.   Night Drive
  46.   Shaping the Southern Sky
  47.   Moving Day
  48.   Inward Debate
  49.   Curse of Lost Days, The IV by Cream Abdul Babar
  50.   Drifting
  51.   Quicksand
  52.   Low Tide
  53.   Unspoken
  54.   Exhale
  55.   Drum Jam
  56.   Drained
  57.   End Truth
  58.   Dust
  59.   Drop Out
  60.   Distance Closing In
  61.   Cheating Synergy
  62.   Perception
  63.   Almost Lost
  64.   Nature's Predators
  65.   Said and Done
  66.   Insomnia for Months
  67.   Intro
  68.   Intermission
  69.   Identity Defined
  70.   Ignoring Anger
  71.   The Warning
  72.   Phantoms
  73.   Shatter the Clock
  74.   Crowded Road
  75.   Hollow Severer
  76.   Falling
  77.   Paranoid Tempo
  78.   Don't Look Back
  79.   Shiss by Cream Abdul Babar
  80.   Spiral Shadow
  81.   Welcome Mat to an Abandoned Life
  82.   111 Degree Heat Index
  83.   What Does It Take
  84.   Scapegoat
  85.   No Remorse
  86.   Ceaseless Becoming
  87.   The Scarab
  88.   Point of Stillness
  89.   Testing the Good of Man
  90.   Descend Within
  91.   Dream of the Freedom to Come
  92.   Parent's Song
  93.   No Ending
  94.   A 100° Heat Index
  95.   Delusion on Fire
  96.   Clutches (Nausea)
  97.   Left to Stawrve
  98.   DVD
  99.   Pain and Suffering by Victims
  100.   III Degree Heat Index
  101.   Grouded

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