I’m going to confess that, while I was waiting for the release of Mastodon’s Crack The Skye (review), I totally immersed myself in Kylesa‘s Static Tensions and the experience was very gratifying. While the Savannah, Georgia quintet delivers a different kind of metal than their Atlanta brethren, it is an equally challenging offering.
It would be easy for a band with drop tuning foundations to get lost in the landscape. After all, there is a ton of bands out there wallowing in the sludge and most are interchangeable. What Kylesa have going for them is a lean set of tracks for their fourth effort, logging in at an efficient 40 minutes and nicely decorated with aggressive riffs and plenty of trippy sidesteps.
While none of the tracks reach the six-minute mark, there are enough psychedelic meanderings within the guitar parts to make everything sound concisely epic.