Kylesa
Exhausting Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
October 12th, 2015 | 25 replies


Release Date: 10/02/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Spaced-out Riff Machine.

Growing from the same Georgia scene that produced Mastodon, Kylesa have been one of the most visible bands in the stoner rock outlook for the past decade. Back in the day they used to heatedly shout a lot while playing speedy hardcore punk however as each album spawns; they have lost their edge of speed and thus mellowed out in a swampy doom ridden rock band. The latest outcome, Exhausting Fire, is their seventh album now and the title alone is a great metaphor of their music it is comprised of- the drowsy soundscapes have a soporific effect that is literally exhausting yet the raw fervour that pours out of these drones is vigorous.

Kylesa serve a fine dish of meaty riffs on every song during “Exhausting Fire”. Nearly all follow the general pattern of a clotted sluggish tone that matches the band’s genre like on ‘Inward Debate’ and ‘Blood Moon’ but on tracks such as ‘Falling’ and ‘Lost And Confused’ the guitars gleam with sporadic tranquillity just to add an extra dose of oddity to their trippy sludge riffs. Album closer, ‘Out Of My Mind’, manages to meld both mammoth riffs and mellowed atmosphere together with clear hints of ominous Geezer Butler bass. Leading singe, ‘Shaping The Southern Sky’ provides the most ballsy attitude of the album where several giant riffs slide seamlessly up and down the heavy metal scale in a cacophony of stoner robustness.

Over the years, the band’s progression into sludge metal has always seemed organic and never a forced move. This is strengthened by the strange soundscapes that ooze naturally in “Exhausting Fire”. ‘Crusher’ weaves inside your head, leaving you disorientated with every change in dynamics- first a heavy slumber of Philip Cope’s guitars, then a dreamlike aura, next a cacophony of sound that builds up to a peculiar soundscape that sounds weirdly tropical. ‘Moving Day’ is a short track however it wastes no time creating a hazy sensation which is mainly down to the coupled vocals of Cope’s yawning style and Laura Pleasants’ spirited wails. The most boggling element of the album however is during ‘Night Drive’ where behind a wall of bass the guitars seem to bubble at the beginning of the track then flicker more sharply as the song progresses. It’s an interesting dimension to the music yet as well as the bashing drums there almost seems to be too much to listen out for.

Philip Cope now plays more of a central role compared to Kylesa’s previous album: “Ultraviolet”. He doesn’t seem too fazed to over exert his lungs on this album except on moments such as ‘Out Of my Mind’ during the fastest segment of the entire album. His style is a deep, laid back approach that matches the march of elephantine riffs ahead and he does provide a good balance of heavy vs light with co-singer and guitarist: Laura Pleasants. While Cope sets a vocal foundation to the songs, Pleasants provides numerous vocal hooks that make the singing just as infectious as their guitar playing. They can be brooding as in ‘Growing Roots’ or light-hearted floating such as ‘Lost And Confused’, no matter how she sings her voice is bound to endlessly buzz around inside your brain.



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EvoHavok
October 12th 2015


7654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just got this album in my library about two hours ago after hearing "Shaping the Southern Sky" yesterday. Glad it now has a review!

DoofusWainwright
October 12th 2015


20001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Enjoying this a lot, wasn't so keen on their last album compared to 'Spiral Shadow' but this seems much stronger.

StarlessCore
October 12th 2015


5849 Comments


thought this was a drag

DoofusWainwright
October 12th 2015


20001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

say it ain't so Starless...



Got to admit their cover of Paranoid should have been sent straight down the garbage chute but other than that this is pretty tight

icatchthirtythree
October 12th 2015


876 Comments


have to check this

wwf
October 12th 2015


6168 Comments


Hey so why isn't this album getting more attention

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SpiritCrusher2
October 12th 2015


6094 Comments


cause the band hasn't released anything great since static tensions. but I guess I'll check it out anyway

wwf
October 12th 2015


6168 Comments


what spiral shadow is their best album tho

StarlessCore
October 12th 2015


5849 Comments


static tensions is

WatchItExplode
October 13th 2015


6006 Comments


I'm partial to Time Will Fuse Its Worth and Spiral Shadows personally. Will definately give this a spin, forgot it was coming out.

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NonApplicable
October 14th 2015


2649 Comments


The song this band released with the announcement of this album really turned me off.

The male vocals in it were so poor and armature sounding that it ruined the entire song for me.

Sniff
October 17th 2015


4990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Paranoid. Just why is it on here?

osteporosis
November 10th 2015


453 Comments


should i listen through this if i didnt like what theyve done after static?

WatchItExplode
November 10th 2015


6006 Comments


If you didn't at least like Spiral Shadows no...

DeadGuy
November 11th 2015


968 Comments


i thought the paranoid cover was dope

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


39732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that shoegazey section in the second half of Crusher



these guys should pretty much just do that

Tyler.
December 7th 2015


15429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This kinda bored me

Flugmorph
December 22nd 2015


19683 Comments


Nice review bud, enjoying this right now

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EvoHavok
December 22nd 2015


7654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is fun.

Hellscythe
January 31st 2016


2952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dig this album a lot. I think I like the post-Static Tensions stuff more than anything that came before tbh. Kylesa's recent stuff reminds me a bit of a metal version of The Smashing Pumpkins in a way. they're definitely sludge metal at their core, but they have a similarly fuzzed-out wall of guitar style and draw obvious influences from psychedelic rock, gothic rock, shoegaze, and progressive rock like the Pumpkins. I enjoy that style more than I do the style of their earlier stuff.



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