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Kylesa – “Lost And Confused”

The great Savannah, Georgia doom metal band Kylesa, quite possibly my favorite metal band working today, last left us with the 2013 album Ultraviolet. They’ve just announced plans to follow it up with a new LP called Exhausting Fire this fall, and first single “Lost And Confused” is a welcome indicator that this could be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 28, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Stream Whatever Nevermind: A Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind

Robotic Empire has put together a second Nirvana tribute album for Record Store Day. The first one was released for last year’s RSD, and had various artists covering the entirety of In Utero. This year’s edition sees them tackling Nevermind with the cleverly titled Whatever Nevermind. Torche does “In Bloom,” Nothing does “Something In TheMore »

By: James Rettig / April 18, 2015 - 10:46 am

Kylesa – “Low Tide” Video

The great Southern fuzz-metal band Kylesa earned themselves Album Of The Week distinctions earlier this year for the searching, soaring, melodic LP Ultraviolent, and with their new video for the heaving album track “Low Tide,” the push its psychedelic side even further. Director Brodie Rush’s animated video cycles through various expanded-brain signifiers — interplanetary bodies,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Kylesa – “Unspoken” Video

We’ve been playing the hell out Kylesa’s new record, Ultraviolet, around here — it was our Album Of The Week the last week of May, and then it made our list of the Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far. “Unspoken” was the first track to premiere from the album, and it’s absolutely one of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 17, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Watch Kylesa Play “To Forget,” “Said And Done,” And “Hollow Severer” In A Living Room

Georgian sludge-metal outfit Kylesa has had us at full attention these days: Tom called their new Ultravioletone of the year’s best rock LPs thus far”; it was our Album Of The Week to close out May; and it made our list of the top 25 best albums of 2013 so far. And recently, i… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / June 12, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Album Of The Week: Kylesa Ultraviolet

Thanks to the thundering two-drummer onslaught of their live shows and the basement-punk fury of their 2009 album Static Tensions, Savannah’s Kylesa were probably already my favorite active metal band by the time they released Spiral Shadow two and a half years ago. But that album only deepened my love of this band, since it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 28, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Stream Kylesa Ultraviolet

Savannah, Georgia sludge-metal warriors Kylesa started out as a slobbering two-drummer beast of a band, and they’re still that. But on their last two albums, they’ve been injecting their ferocious roar with more and more gloriously anthemic ’90s alt-rock melody. Ultraviolet, their latest, is a triumph in every way imaginable, and it’s one of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Kylesa – “We’re Taking This”

Yesterday, Kylesa topped our list of the month’s best new metal, and today, they close out April with the release of a new track from the forthcoming Ultraviolet, “We’re Taking This.” Philip Cope is doing primary vocal duty here, and the tribal sound hews closer to the band’s sludge roots than their recent forays into… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 30, 2013 - 1:08 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2013

Metal in 2013 will to some extent be defined by two stories that made their debuts in April, one of which was included on our list of the month’s best songs, the other which was not but deserves to be discussed here just the same. The latter is Ghost B.C.’s Infestissumam, which was released o… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 29, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Kylesa – “Vulture’s Landing”

I just spent a few hundred words discussing the ways in which Ghost B.C. are mislabeled “metal,” but you could say the same thing about Kylesa at this point, too. Not that the Kylesa sound anything like Ghost B.C., but right now, they sound more like ’90s shoegazers Curve, Swervedriver, or Medicine than they do,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 9, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Kylesa – “Quicksand”

The great Savannah, Georgia metal maulers Kylesa — easily my favorite metal band in the world over the last few years — have a new album called Ultraviolet coming in a couple of months, and they’ve already shared the gothed-out early track “Unspoken.” Now they’ve got another one called “Quicksand” up on the internet, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Kylesa – “Unspoken”

Kylesa’s excellent 2010 album Spiral Shadow pushed the Georgian metal band’s boundaries into something else entirely — namely, early-’90s alternative rock. That may sound like a slight but it’s not meant as one: Spiral Shadow was one of the highlights of its year, finding Kylesa evolving at a pace comparable to statesmen Baroness and Mastodon,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 26, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Pitchfork Festival 2011: Sunday Recap

Pitchfork Fest’s final day was a scorcher. We’re still recovering, but our tireless photog Graeme Flegenheimer braved the heat to deliver pics of Ariel Pink, Baths, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, Kylesa, Shabazz Palaces, Superchunk, TV On The Radio, Twin Sister, and Yuck. Sorry, no OFWGKTA. Check out the scenes i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 18, 2011 - 10:54 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am

Two More Reasons Kylesa’s Spiral Shadow Should Be Near The Top Of Your Year-End Metal List

If you’ve paid attention, you know where I stand on Kylesa’s fifth album (and 2010 best of contender) Spiral Shadow. It’s an album that works best within its own snowballing context, so take a listen to a couple key anthems “To Forget” and “Don’t Look Back” and then do look back at opener “Tired Climb“… More »

By: brandon / October 15, 2010 - 10:09 am

Kylesa – “Tired Climb” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

I posted Kylesa’s “Tired Climb” at the beginning of last month, reiterating the Built To Spill influence and overall excellence of the longstanding Savannah psychedelic sludge metal quintet’s fifth album Spiral Shadow. Then you heard another album track “Forsaken” via Adult Swim and Scion A/V’s Metal Swim compilation. Scion had something to do with thi… More »

By: brandon / October 11, 2010 - 9:44 am

Kylesa – “Forsaken”

I’ve already gone on about Kylesa’s forthcoming Spiral Shadow, a sure contender for metal album of the year, so I’ll cut to the chase: Adult Swim and Scion A/V have released Metal Swim, a free compilation that features Spiral Shadow’s “Forsaken,” along with tracks from various HTC favorites like Ludicra, Torche, Black Tusk, Skeletonwitch, Withered,… More »

By: brandon / September 23, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Kylesa – “Tired Climb”

As I tweeted last month, you really can hear the Built To Spill influence on longstanding double-drumming Savannah quintet Kylesa’s beyond-excellent fifth full length, Spiral Shadow. It’s out 10/26 via Season Of Mist, will top year-end lists, etc. Until then, get a sense of how Doug Martsch-like guitar layerings are woven into anthemic psychedelic sludge… More »

By: brandon / September 1, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm