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