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

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