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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.   Steady Breakdown
  4.   Crashing Slow
  5.   Shaping the Southern Sky
  6.   Paranoid Tempo
  7.   Crowded Road
  8.   Curse of Lost Days, The V by Cream Abdul Babar
  9.   Between Silence and Sound
  10.   Eyes Closed From Birth
  11.   Night Drive
  12.   Shiss by Cream Abdul Babar
  13.   Fractured
  14.   Out of My Mind
  15.   Curse of Lost Days, The III by Cream Abdul Babar
  16.   Drifting
  17.   Drum Jam
  18.   Wavering
  19.   End Truth
  20.   To Forget
  21.   Forsaken
  22.   Drop Out
  23.   Don't Look Back
  24.   Cheating Synergy
  25.   Curse of Lost Days, The I by Cream Abdul Babar
  26.   Perception
  27.   The Warning
  28.   Shatter the Clock
  29.   Bottom Line
  30.   Motion and Presence
  31.   Troy:Sailor by Cream Abdul Babar
  32.   Spiral Shadow
  33.   Tired Climb
  34.   Drained
  35.   Falling
  36.   Back and Forth
  37.   Growing Roots
  38.   Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
  39.   Pain and Suffering by Victims
  40.   Quicksand
  41.   111 Degree Heat Index
  42.   Long Gone
  43.   Almost Lost
  44.   Curse of Lost Days, The IV by Cream Abdul Babar
  45.   Hollow Severer
  46.   Crusher
  47.   Rose in the Mouth by Cream Abdul Babar
  48.   Blood Moon
  49.   Moving Day
  50.   Unspoken
  51.   Bottom Line II
  52.   Inward Debate
  53.   Said and Done
  54.   Outro
  55.   Curse of Lost Days, The II by Cream Abdul Babar
  56.   Intro
  57.   Unknown Awareness
  58.   What Does It Take
  59.   Dust
  60.   In Memory
  61.   Paranoid
  62.   We're Taking This
  63.   Grounded
  64.   Bass Salts
  65.   Intermission
  66.   Welcome Mat to an Abandoned Life
  67.   Train of Thought
  68.   Nature's Predators
  69.   To Walk Alone
  70.   Ignoring Anger
  71.   Exhale
  72.   Insomnia for Months
  73.   Scapegoat
  74.   Cocaine Pinata by Cream Abdul Babar
  75.   Lost and Confused
  76.   What Becomes an End
  77.   Low Tide
  78.   Inverse
  79.   Distance Closing In
  80.   Vulture's Landing
  81.   Phantoms
  82.   Identity Defined
  83.   Where the Horizon Unfolds
  84.   Running Red

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