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Georgia sludge metal outfit Kylesa are set to release their new album Ultraviolet on May 28th. The follow-up to 2010’s well-received Spiral Shadow is going to be way more ominous. The first song that has just dropped is an ideal indicator of that. “Unspoken” incorprates a notable post-punk influence into the band’s signature sludge metal. As a result, the track is atmospheric and crushing in turns, taking full advantage of its groovy bass lines and understated guitar solos. Add contrasting  vocals of singer/guitarists Philip Cope and Laura Pleasants to that and you’re left with one of the most intriguing tracks of the young year. One can only wonder if Kylesa are capable of retaining such a high level of song craft throughout the entire album.

Here’s how Pleasants describes the new direction of the band:

“Whereas Spiral Shadow was a warm album suggesting concepts of hope, Ultraviolet is a bit colder and darker. All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we’ve always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With Ultraviolet, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience.”

Kylesa – “Unspoken” is streaming here:





greg84
02.28.13
Awesome track! Check it out!

SeaAnemone
02.28.13
would you say the track is a 4.5 or a 4?

alachlahol
02.28.13
god if every track is like that this album will be at least a 4.5

alachlahol
02.28.13
snaked

Omaha
02.28.13
Georgia, as in the country or state?

alachlahol
02.28.13
is that a joke?? youre staff you should know how to use wikipedia

AliW1993
02.28.13
Kills

alachlahol
02.28.13
greg seriously man do us all a favor and follow kris' advice. dont change your name to greg or greyfisher or any of that lame shit just change it to greg4.5 and be done with it its what you were put on this earth to do

SeaAnemone
02.28.13
"greg seriously man do us all a favor and follow kris' advice. dont change your name to greg or greyfisher or any of that lame shit just change it to greg4.5 and be done with it its what you were put on this earth to do"

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add a little more sludge influence and it'll be a 4.5 next comment, I have faith

Omaha
02.28.13
"is that a joke?? youre staff you should know how to use wikipedia"

Ahh, how dare I prefer to have someone I know answer the question! You're right!

alachlahol
02.28.13
the groundwork for my previous comment was laid by none other than black sabbath and iommis downtuned riffage

Xenophanes
02.28.13
Eric being 12 itt

SpiritCrusher2
02.28.13
heard it yesterday, awesome fucking song!

SpiritCrusher2
02.28.13
love the atmosphere

greg84
02.28.13
Yeah. The atmosphere wasn't something particularly apparent on their previous releases. Cool progression.

elephantREVOLUTION
03.03.13
pretty cool song

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