KYLESA scheduled to enter the studio

An update from Savannah, Ga.’s KYLESA: “It’s been a while since our last update so here you go: We’ve been writing a new record over the past few months and we’re about to head to the Jam Room studio on Monday [July 21] to begin tracking. We’re excited to record a new album since it’s been two years since we recorded ‘Time Will Fuse its Worth.’ It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! The CD will be released on Prosthetic Records in early ‘09 and the vinyl version will come out around the same time. Phillip [Cope, Kylesa guitarist/vocalist (Baroness, Black Tusk)] will be producing the record. We’ll send a few updates and photos from the studio.”

In other KYLESA record news, Red Cobalt Industries is producing a very limited alternate CD version of ‘Time Will Fuse its Worth’ for a Japanese release. The packaging was totally re-designed by Laura and is loaded with extra things including a poster of the “Double Skull” tee shirt design by John Baizley (Baroness, Darkest Hour, Torche, Skeletonwitch) and a sticker by Santos. It will be a sort of matchbook digipack with foil stamping and metallic inks. It should be in production very soon, and more details will be available soon. Once released, KYLESA plans on touring Japan for the first time, playing shows with Birushanah, Coffins, and several other bands. More details will be available as they are confirmed.

Most recently completing a string of dates co-headlining the East Coast with The Ocean, also featuring Lair of The Minotaur and labelmates Withered, KYLESA’s last release was ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth,’ which saw a fall 2006 release through Prosthetic. The band also contributes a version of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” which will appear on a forthcoming Syd Barrett tribute album that will soon see release through Dwell Records.

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“…rather than lean more toward metal, this album seems less leather and studs and more safety pin through the nose than their last one, To Walk A Middle Course, making it a heavy contender (no pun intended) for best punk album of the year.” – CMJ magazine

“Sometimes [drummers Jeff] Porter and [Carl] McGinley work in tandem to summon the Hessian hordes; sometimes one puts oin the brakes and gives way to the other, which directly parallels how the three-headed vocalist hydra transacts its business.” - 8/10, Decibel magazine

“The voices alternately roar in shredded tones – dropping in and out, overlapping, occasionally locking into sweet harmony and then collapsing as one into pensive, moody silences. Kylesa have a three-vocalist frontline, all clutching machine gun guitars, and two drummers who intermittenly drop sticks to perform ‘noise’ duties. They’re a psychedelic commando unit.” – Metal Hammer magazine

“They have a messy, psychedelic edge that is very appealing, thanks to their restrained use of samples. In fact at times they border on space rock, but they slip through any neat genre definitions. Sure it’s hardcore, it’s stoner rock, but it’s also a whole lot more.” – 8/10, Metal Hammer magazine

“Heavy riffs, infectious grooves, and the trademark duelling vocal attack of Philip Cope, Laura Pleasants and Corey Barhorst combine to produce one hell of a record that finds Kylesa taking a giant leap into the rock stratosphere.” – 8/10, Rock Sound magazine

“The latest effort from US mavericks Kylesa is a staggeringly potent distillation of their musical might. Now with two drummers for extra percussive force, this band manages to explore the very definition of the word ‘heavy’; as well as riffs which come at you like a feral beast, there’s an aexperimental instinct present in their work which takes it into undiscovered territories.” – 5/5, Kerrang! magazine

“Buzz bands usually have some nefarious PR scheme behind them, so it’s anyone’s guess how an under-publicized Georgia noise-metal group who at their catchiest recall early Neurosis won over so many media tastemakers last year. But that’s the cross Kylesa have borne since 2005’s To Walk A Middle Course; and with the follow-up, the Savannah quintet prove the attention’s not gone to their heads. Time Will Fuse Its Worth is even less commercially viable than its precursor, with Kylesa alternately wallowing in their trademark co-ed noise (“Where The Horizon Unfolds”); dredging up miles of prime Southern sludge (“The Warning”); and summoning the post-nuclear crust-metal of genre stalwarts like Dead And Gone (“Identity Defined”). It may not be 2006’s most earth-shattering album, but as Time plays on, you realize why Kylesa’s rep is growing: They’re one of the only bands brave enough to throw a wrench into metal’s commercial machine. – 4/5, Alternative Press magazine

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