Power of Metal.dk Review

From the Vaults, Vol. 1
Style: Psychedelic Rock / Sludge Metal
Release date: 16 November, 2012
Playing time: 41:50

The French label Season of Mist always had an affinity toward experimental sound. Although they work in the dark genres they also joined the hunt for sludge bands. And of course they had chosen a non-typical band. KYLESA are from the bands that touch the psychedelic of the 70s in their stoner seeking. The band has never acted too hastily with their releases. Maybe because of their new label (from 2010) or because of the amount of unreleased material the Americans offer us a compilation of previously unreleased songs. That’s why we did not expect surprises on this album. 

The noisy sludge sound and a bit hysterical main vocals walk on a psychedelic ramp with repeating even persistent motives. KYLESA run back the road from their punk roots to progressive experiments. The album is a kaleidoscope from the typical punk track “Paranoid Tempo” to the cover of the psychedelic song of PINK FLOYD's “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”. Between these extremes there are energetic songs and monotonous compositions inspired by the wave of acid rock bands that foredoomed the decay of the hippie-culture. Exactly this mantra singing feature is taken by the innovators KYLESA to bring it to new life in their music. Besides the repeated decadent motives, which will inspire the trans-scene, there are lot of acid rock in the supporting vocals of Laura, as well as in the duplicated drums and percussions of KYLESA. In such a way a drum solo founds its place onto the album. Without being commercial or irritatingly ostensible KYLESA walks in a direction, which is parallel of the development of BARONESS. 

The habit of the quintet to make their albums long as the classical for the LP format 40 minutes is pleasant. Although this fact, their material is not so easy for perception from non-connoisseurs. And the feeling is strongly post hippe.







111 Degree Heat Index


Between Silence and Sound II


Paranoid Tempo


End Truth

07. Bottom Line II




Bass Salts




Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (Pink Floyd)


Drum Jam

Label: Season of Mist
Distribution: Season of Mist
Reviewed by: Rock Thrashler
Date: 17 November, 2012
Website: www.kylesa.com