Kylesa Spiral Shadow
3.8 Ranking: #145 for 2010
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3.5 greatInveigh | October 5th 10

still not sure about a rating for this, but it's damn good. Kylesa are consistent as hell, and Spiral Shadow continues with the progression they hinted at on last year's Static Tensions while retaining the hardcore edge that's separated them from contemporaries Mastodon and Baroness in recent years. Definitely on par with High On Fire's latest, and maybe even a bit better.

edit: ok, 3.5 it is. probably would be closer to a 4 if "Don't Look Back" wasn't on here. That song sucks balls.


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3.0 goodSevhead | October 4th 10

Finally adopted a poppy sensibility. "Back and Forth" is so Torche-esque!

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4.0 excellentrobthompson | December 30th 12

Spiral Shadow was one of the albums of the year for me. The choruses, the effects, the riffs, the vocals, everything is excellent. The mix is resonant and expansive with the instruments complementing each other to make a cohesive whole. It respects its past but moves the band on to win new fans. 78 minutes of quality.

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3.0 goodInbredJed | July 28th 12

While I can appreciate that Kylesa is at the point in their career where they wish to experiment and indulge
themselves a bit, I am somewhat disappointed with this album. My opinion is that they should have spent
less time wanking with the pedal effects and more time on structuring the songs to be more interesting, as
there are some touching pieces to be found here. There is also the fact that the "two drummer schtick" is
only a schtick if your drummers fail to make the band sound any different than it would with one. It should
either sound heavier or more intricate, like The Melvins. All in all, it is a good listen, but not nearly as
dynamic as its predecessor. There are new ideas introduced here besides an effects-laden sound, such as
more personal lyrics and more confident singing from Laura Pleasants, but they are not enough to make this
the album that I would hope to hear from this band. And yes, Don't Look Back is severely weak.

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3.5 greatA morte e a curva da estrada. | December 23rd 10

i hated it at first, but i'm starting to like this.

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4.5 superbHereComesTheStorm33 | November 6th 10

Majestic music from a prodigious band, the only fault in this album is that you can't really tell why do they need two drummers, because it seems like there's only one guy playing. Nonetheless, this is their most incredible work.

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0.0 Eli EMERITUS | October 11th 10

Kylesa FINALLY begin living up to their potential. "Spiral Shadow" is fierce, and wholly immersible. A very, very well done metal album.

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4.0 excellentDecapod | October 3rd 10

Mind bending album. 5 spins, and I'm already hooked. 4/5

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