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