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

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