I didn’t know what to think of this band when I first got the promo. KYLESA is a band that prides themselves as not being attached to any scene or music genre, and by their sound, that’s pretty evident. KYLESA play for the most part, a Sludgy, Stoner Metal sound, but they also throw in a ton of other playing styles, such as Punk riffing every now and then, female vocals, weird Avant-garde time signatures and a groove that’s heavier and more menacing than an elephant with a rage addiction.
The album begins with “Intro” a tribal-like sound which starts “Time Will Fuse Its Worth” off real nicely. The second song, “What Becomes An End” shows off KYLESA’s great songwriting ability right off the bat, with a great chugging riff, some killer vocals and a small solo towards the end that has a Middle Eastern groove to it. The vocals are….different…to say the least, they remind me a bit of a Hardcore scream with some more bark to it, a lot like BURNT BY THE SUN’s Michael Olbers, like an actual METALcore voice. They also have the low growls a la MASTODON and the gruff singing of HIGH ON FIRE. The reason the vocals are so varied is because of the triple vocal attack done by bassist Corey Barhorst, guitarist Phillip Cope, and the female touches of Laura Pleasants.
The songs themselves are ridiculously varied, along with the aforementioned, songs like “Between Silence And Sound” which has this awesome trance like feel to it, which fades into this droning towards the end. Or “The Warning” which has a piano introduction and then incorporates heavy as all hell riffing and furious vocals that change about a dozen times during the 6 minutes of the song. The latter is probably the best example of KYLESA’s sound. I really like how KYLESA pulls off all the different styles without sacrificing any of their unique sound, a feat that isn't pulled off by too many bands. So hails to them for that.
I think that KYLESA would be a good start for a lot of people new to the genre but all the variation makes it great for fans of straight up Sludge, Avant-garde, or Heavy Metal a la MOTÖRHEAD. I can safely say that I didn’t really have any problems with this album, ok, except for the cover artwork, I just think that’s a stupid cover, but here I’m just being an ass for the sake of being an ass. So, there you go, some quality heavy music with great variations and song structures, it won’t cure cancer, but it will move some mountains.
(Online December 17, 2006)