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Ultraviolet

Kylesa Audio CD
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Since this Savannah, Georgia, United States quintet first formed in early 2001, worrying about genre limitations has never been a priority. Taking musical chances, however, always has been. While Kylesa are as heavy as any band out there, they are beholden to no one scene and no preconceived notions of what heavy music should be.

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  • Audio CD (27 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Season Of Mist
  • ASIN: B00C3MKA1W
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative psych metal stuff 1 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
Kylesa are a difficult band to describe and so is this album. The sound can be sludgy and heavy (Exhale and We're Taking This), wide and spacious (Unspoken), melancholic (Steady Breakdown), reminiscent of Pumpkins style alt rock (Vulture's Landing, Quicksand) and even venturing into coldwave-ish pop (Low Tide). The vocals are more melodic than ever before, with Laura Pleasants' dreamy voice being prominent throughout most of the album, whilst still be reinforced by Cope's hardcore yell. The influence of psychedelia is very obvious on this record, with a large range of effects and synthy noises being showcased. A very interesting album from a very interesting band that fans of Spiral Shadow will most likely enjoy a great deal.
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It sounds quite rough like a new band who doesn't have much cash for recording, but it doesn't really work with the music, which is good. I was disappointed but it is just a flesh wound they will come back with much better next time around. Buy the collection of early records which sounds like it is recorded better than this. I haven't got the two CDs mixed up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Light 30 May 2013
By Scott Rosenbluth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Under the banner of Kylesa, Laura Pleasants and Phillip Cope continue to push sludge metal in new and interesting directions. While Spiral Shadow was touted as being the one that will shake up and regenerate Kylesa into a catchier and more melodic version of itself, Ultraviolet comes out like a kick to the gut. Once you recover your wind, you start to realize that Kylesa haven't given up on their almost bludgeoning sense of destructive melody. Everything we love about them is still intact and more sharply focused than on previous album Spiral Shadow, including much of the layering and stacking of elements that saw a brief intro before and is now given free reign. This makes Kylesa a double threat. Not only are they a devastating live band but now they've also become one of the better headphone bands out there. This album has a slightly more morose and somber sound to it that absolutely works to the band's benefit. Kylesa can really do no wrong and releases like this will only spread their Savannah gospel. Get this today, don't wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer 29 May 2013
By Dude - Published on Amazon.com
This album's like a hot biker chick. Her hair's messed up from the wind. She's covered in ink, has scars from the road and has rage behind the eyes. All of which make her violently beautiful. Heard someone call it their "White Pony" and think that's a pretty good summation. Only thing wrong with the record is that it's short but that's still cool. Gives me a reason to hit repeat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 13 Nov 2013
By Eddie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an album that I enjoyed. Purchasing this CD based on a friend's recommendation, I didn't know what to expect. Once I finished listening to the album I pressed repeat and listened to it again. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and mature Kylesa sound 18 Oct 2013
By Brian Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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Ultraviolet by Kylesa is a powerful, driving record that shows an evolution of the band's sound into new areas. In my opinion, it is the best Kylesa record to date and is the first record of theirs to really make me stop and take notice of the sound they have been cultivating over the past 11 years. To be honest, I came to this album a little bit skeptical. I first listened to Kylesa on their 2010 release Spiral Shadow (so to be clear, I haven't been a fan from the beginning). While I enjoyed that album, there were several things that weren't exactly my cup of tea. I felt that the "dual drummer" sound was crowded and confused, the songs were a bit repetitious, and the strengths of the multiple vocalists weren't being fully utilized. I am happy to say that all of these concerns have been addressed on Ultraviolet and the result is a fantastic record.

The album opens with the powerful "Exhale", showcasing the chant-style vocals that Kylesa is known for. Right away I noticed that the drums were less crowded, resulting in a cleaner sound. This song really drives and kicks things off in a great way. The second song, "Unspoken", begins to mix in a bit of the softer/trippy side of the band, which is more heavily showcased on the back half of the album. This is one of the catchier songs on Ultraviolet and showcases Laura Pleasants vocals in a great way. The album progresses from there, with the first half focusing more on heavier/powerful songs and the back half focusing on somewhat lighter songs. Overall, the mood of the album just feels comfortable and you really get the sense that Kylesa is settling into a sound of their own.

While I am a fan on the entire album, there are two tracks in particular that really stand out for me. The first is "We're Taking This", the fourth song on the album. I LOVE the vocal delivery that Laura Pleasants delivers on this track. It is heavy, in your face, and commanding. I would listen to an entire album with her delivering this vocal style any day. The second stand out track for me is "Steady Breakdown". This one has such a great sound with a monster guitar riff and amazing ethereal vocals. The first time I heard it, I couldn't help but think that it sounded like Stevie Nicks singing with Black Sabbath. So cool and the standout track overall for me on the album.

My only complaint would be that a few of the songs later on the album feel a bit redundant and don't stand out. "Vulture's Landing", "Quicksand", and "Drifting" are all cool songs in their own right, but don't jump out at me like some of the earlier songs on the album. With that said, they still really fit the mood of the album and don't leave you disappointed.

In my opinion, this album showcases all of the great elements about Kylesa and remedies some of the things I haven't loved on their earlier albums. I would definitely recommend this and I will eagerly look forward to what Kylesa does next.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, if not great. 30 Aug 2013
By John Silvestro - Published on Amazon.com
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Multiple quality songs, but not as cohesive nor possessing any stone-cold classics as their previous two albums. Worth a pickup for already established fans, but curious or new fans should choose either or the previous two albums.
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