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