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Kylesa: Static TensionsStatic Tensions (2009)
Prosthetic Records

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I'm continuing my tour through Savannah, Ga.'s metal scene with Kylesa. Formed in 2001, the band has dropped four full-lengths, as well as a bunch of EPs ‚??n' splits. Their latest release, 2009's Static Tensions, succeeds in being sludgy, powerful and pretty gosh dang great. Their heritage automatically brings up comparisons to their friends in Mastodon and Baroness, but close listening reveals important differences.

Static Tensions sounds downright obliterating. The low end is powerful, recalling sludgy acts like Big Business or the Melvins with a dash of Megadeth and even Queens of the Stone Age. Just, ya know, with more solos. Album opener "Scapegoat" weaves a double-tracked drum solo throughout the tune, tempering all the bile with something a little more tribal. "Perception" opens with some backwards dialogue (subliminal messages! Metal!) before hitting the band's trademark grinding style only to then segue into an ethereal section. Guitarist Laura Pleasants adds some otherworldly vocals to the mix, combining with drummer Eric Hernandez's beats to create a sort of druidic experience. Of course, the spotlight generally belongs to guitarist/vocalist Phillip Cope, whose bark decimates. The album is pretty steadfast in its rocking--40 minutes of butt-whoopin'--but Kylesa slips in these little moments that (A) let the listener know the musicians are accomplished and (B) differentiate Kylesa just enough from the pack to reveal their songs as revolutionary.

It's these subtle touches that make Static Tensions one of the best metal albums of last year...last decade...last whatever. The band avoids metal's clichés--Satanism, drankin', any metal song in the '80s that wasn't written by Metallica or Dio with or without Black Sabbath--in favor of something way less easy to pigeonhole. The tunes thrash and decimate, for sure, but there's nothing, shall we say, easy to parody. Stoners can dig the thick riffs, punk rockers can thrash to the rocking and indie hipsters should be able to tolerate the band enough to namecheck them in a desperate bid for credibility (I'm doing it right now!). So throw on "Said and Done" or "Nature's Predators" and enjoy Georgia's finest.


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elephantdwarf (February 12, 2010)

"really like this album but sometimes feel self-conscious when playing it for others, because some of the parts distantly recall nu-metal,"

huh? when the fuck does it 'recall nu-metal'? that's retarded.

slowstupidhungry (February 10, 2010)

"The band avoids metal‚??s clich√©s--Satanism, drankin‚??, any metal song in the ‚??80s that wasn‚??t written by Metallica or Dio with or without Black Sabbath"

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

eazyd2 (February 9, 2010)

so do they have a lady who play guitar or a man named laura who play guitar??
i dunno which one would me more odd.

Misanthropee (February 9, 2010)


wallofyouth (February 9, 2010)

really like this album but sometimes feel self-conscious when playing it for others, because some of the parts distantly recall nu-metal, which i would hate for someone to assume i like

they were definitely the most bad ass live act i saw in 2009... too bad they skipped the fest. oh wait, i wouldn't have gotten in anyway cuz it probably woulda been at common grounds on friday

colin (February 9, 2010)

one of the best records of '09. heavy as shit and the production makes the two drummers sound stellar.

xbat-mitex (February 9, 2010)

This is band that can almost do no wrong.

I suggest tracking down the 7" that accomponies this record. the b-side drum jam is well worth it!

thepopeofchili-town (February 9, 2010)

My least favorite of the Big 3 from GA, but they still fucking shred. Four stars is about right.

theonetruebill (February 9, 2010)

It's not double tracked drums since they have two drummers.

Great album. I was always familiar with the band and liked them well enough but this LP turned me into a pretty big fan.

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