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Kylesa – Static Tensions

Kylesa - Static TensionsKylesaStatic Tensions (Prosthetic)

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.

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Scion Rock Fest 2009

Scion Rock Fest 2009The Scion Rock Fest

Atlanta, February 28, 2009

The Scion Rock Fest. What can I say? It was great. I was really amazed to see how many of the bands were from Atlanta. Of course I think the idea behind it was to “showcase” local talent and most likely to “save money” on airfare. Keep in mind that most of these bands, with the exception of 3 or 4, are fairly well known in the underground metal scene.

Another thing that struck me as odd would be that they called it a “rock fest.” Clearly a festival featuring bands like Mastodon and Skeletonwitch (MySpace) is anything but “rock.” I’m thinking “Metal Forced Up Your Ass With A Fork Scion Fest” would have been more apt. Then again, anyone at Toyota selling the idea of a free concert to boost the coolness factor of Scion might have to call it rock rather than metal. Is Scion metal? I think now it very well may be…sorta.

The venue was the perfect setting for this kind of event. It was large, gloomy, and had so many creepy vibes I was as gleeful as a little boy in a candy store. The Masquerade in Atlanta is an old paper mill that has been a music venue for some time, which made it a really cool place to witness such heavy and broootal tunes. The show got to a late start giving me time to wander the grounds and take some photos.

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