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I went to see this band play last night at the BackBooth in Orlando, FL and I'm so high from the experience that I thought I would promote them by giving you fine people some sample tracks from their 2010 work Spiral Shadow, an amazing headphone album. I was a little disappointed that more people didn't come to the show, but then again, it was Orlando.
I had heard of Kylesa, but had not gotten around to listening to them for some reason until a few weeks ago. I am so glad I listened to them when I did, because I would have missed that phenomenal show. Kylesa hail from Savannah, Georgia and are dubbed sludge metal, which combines parts of doom metal and hardcore punk. What came through to me the most with the live performance was a healthy hardcore punk spirit powering a heavy metal band that likes to add some nifty psychedelic sounds into the mix. The percussion was awesome, too. This band is apparently very hardworking, and has been touring like crazy all over the world these passed few years.
I just upped three awesome tracks for your sampling pleasure. "Cheating Synergy" begins with some soothing synthesizer and is then interrupted by an angry blast of hardcore, but it becomes clear that this is not your ordinary hardcore, because it is nuanced with electronic effects and it is breathtaking. "Distance Closing In" is a plaintive piece with some excellent guitar work and spoken vocals by guitar player/singer Philip Cope. We get some nice singing from guitar player/singer Laura Pleasants on the chorus, then a really great and energetic percussive build-up from the band's two drummers. "Drop Out" is a mammoth of riffs, percussion and pyschedelic soundscapes, punctuated with impassioned vocals.
If you love it like me, buy the CD or the LP here. Oh, and GO TO THE SHOW. You won't be sorry.
Songs: Cheating Synergy Distance Closing In Drop Out