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

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