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Kylesa: Time Will Fuse Its Worth

Georgia's Kylesa are a hard band to classify. Their latest album Time Will Fuse Its Worth has many faces, like brutal hardcore, sludge-ridden doom, psychedelia, and a little bit of the avant-garde, never letting the listener really settle into one place for too long before the music takes you somewhere else. Comprised of ten tracks, of which a few are short instrumental interludes, the album at times gets really heavy, as on the supercharged mix of doom & hardcore on "Where The Horizon Unfolds" and the massive "What Becomes An End". There's no shortage of screaming vocals, both male and female, which gives the songs a real edge that at any moment, even during the atmospheric sections, that things will just explode into complete mayhem. It's during those calmer sections though that we really see the dynamics of this band-check out the fuzzed out bass and droning effects laden guitar patterns on the psychedelic insanity of "Between Silence and Sound", a tune that is like a strange hybrid of Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Monster Magnet. Heavy riffs and wah-wah guitars mesh with pounding rhythms and harsh vocals on "Identity Defined", while the band dives into stoner heaven on "The Warning ", complete with a mix of clean and almost death metal type vocals.

On first listen you could almost say there is nothing much to get excited about on Time Will Fuse Its Worth, but give it another spin or two and you'll start to hear some interesting things going on. Kylesa seem to have a knack for fusing heavy riffs with experimental song patterns, and the end result here is an enjoyable platter of extreme music that works on many levels.

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. What Becomes An End
3. Hollow Severer
4. Where The Horizon Unfolds
5. Between Silence and Sound
6. Intermission
7. Identity Defined
8. Ignoring Anger
9. The Warning
10. Outro

Added: January 5th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3765
Language: english

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Kylesa: Time Will Fuse Its Worth
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-01-05 09:44:23
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They might label this group as a Sludge band but oddly enough, I didn't hear as much of that and instead found the total and unbridled fury of Hardcore, blended in with some brave Psychedelic experimentation. Savannah Georgia's Kylesa is one of those bands that seem to move out of a defined box and offers their listeners a twist of old school Metal that is mixed in with the classic Punk from a time long ago. On top of the gritty/dirty sound, there is a strong Psychedelic Jam band groove going on which makes this interesting to find with Hardcore vocals being used over the riffs. A lot of the recording comes off with a"live" feel and one can almost imagine that they are sitting in the rehearsal space with the group as they perform the music on this album. The lineup of the quintet is comprised of Corey Barhorst (bass/vocals), Phillip Cope (guitar/vocals), Laura Pleasants (guitar/vocals), Jeff Porter (drums) and Carl McGinley (drums/noise). The size of the band for this kind of music allows for a little more use of experiment and with a dual male and female vocal, they allow for different feels to be attempted. I would have liked to see the use of more melodic vocals than they delivered and felt that they did not truly take advantage to the potentially different tones each could have tried since both seem to sing darker and rougher on all the tracks. The other unique thing about the group was the use of two drummers and despite this being a great idea in some Southern Rock bands, I was a little surprised to hear about it in the process here. It does not lose you as a result, and if anything, the bottom end sounds a lot fuller with the two skin bashers. However, the pair does not display any crazy levels of technique that would often merit this kind of addition - perhaps in the future, it would be best for one of them to move over to other percussive implements instead to allow further enhancements in the music. The pair closes out the album with a double drum solo, which is not very bad. There are mainly short numbers and a couple of seeming filler pieces used as interludes across the release and two longer pieces, which seem to have the strongest content to them. The downside is many of the similar riffs being used which unless this was done on purpose risk the band being thought of as repetitive.

This is not a bad release for those that are fans of both Jam bands and those that deliver Stoner Doom type of things and perhaps the best aspect of the album is the "live" feel I mentioned early on. This will probably be best appreciated if it's played loud. If you found any of the description of this interesting then perhaps this is a band for you as it offers an interesting deviation from the norm of other things that have come out. If you are looking for groundbreaking stuff then this is not for you.

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