Kylesa – Spiral Shadow (2010)

Album Review

This Savannah, GA-based hard rock band has finally painted its masterpiece on this, its fifth full-length. Kylesa’s use of two drummers (a practice that began on 2006’s Time Will Fuse Its Worth) has really paid off on this disc, adding rhythmic intricacy without devolving into proggy abstraction or wallowing in Melvins-like thudding. The melodic aspect of their sound is what’s changed the most on Spiral Shadow, though; the songs are more psychedelic than ever, with guitarist/vocalists Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants shouting and crooning back and forth at each other in a call-and-response style that sometimes sounds like an argument, and other times like a ritual. Pleasants’ dreamy crooning on “Don’t Look Back” recalls ’90s… Read more on

About the Band

Kylesa is, fundamentally, a metal group, but the Savannah, GA-based outfit is otherwise difficult to categorize: elements of hardcore punk, psychedelic stoner rock, technical speed metal, and good old-fashioned Black Sabbath sludge appear in their music. Also, with a front line consisting of three very different singers instead of a single focal point, Kylesa has a musical variety lacking from many of their more monochromatic peers. Kylesa formed in Savannah in 2001, taking their unusual name from “kilesa mara,” what Buddhist teachings term demons of defilement and delusion. Guitarist and singer Phillip Cope and bassist… Read more on


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