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

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