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

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