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

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