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