Review by Chuck Loesch.
With the variety of options generating your music today, headphones truly lost their identity years ago. Ear buds, are not headphones, in case you were unsure of what I am talking about. I mean those clunky, heavy and disturbingly loud analog instruments that drown the world from your senses as soon as you strap them to your skull. An expensive accoutrement to own these days, but with albums like Spiral Shadow at you fingertips, you would be amiss with out them.
The descriptors do not provide just explanation of what this Savannah, GA band produced over the years, and Kylesa’s latest effort is the culmination of their careers combined into one almost perfect album. Several points separate them from their peers in the stoner/sludge genre, the most obvious, female vocalist Laura Pleasants, but with the addition of a second drummer deepen the rhythm and intensity of anything they perform.
Purists will shun this album as an attempt at a crossover record though. It lightens the approach to their writing style a bit, falling into a more space-age sonic quality. While that argument might be somewhat valid, the natural progression of all of the bands in the genre travels in parallel. Possibly due to imitation, but more likely aging and growing into their individual sound, Kylesa has produced one of the best albums in their catalog.