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