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  1. Nov 25, 2012
    7
    Kylesa mixes in the right amount of sludge, death, and post punk to produce a unique blend of metal that only Kylesa can make. It has taken them more than a few albums to get it right, and with their two most recent albums one can only guess how epic the next one will be. If this is a "tie over" for hardcore fans, it's a very good one. The mere mention of "vaults" can instantly lead one to imagine garagey recordings on a battered 8 track with some happy accidents occuring in between songs. This album DOES NOT sound anything like a cash grab or something only ardent fans could love. It sounds like a real album, and everything stands out uniquely. With a chick singer/guitarist and two simultaneous drummers, Kylesa is already outside the norm of most metal bands. This mix-tape of covers and old stuff establishes them as true heavyweights alongside the likes of Mastodon and Baroness. But if this album is a sign of things to come, Kylesa will be keeping things dark and heavy. Expand
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  1. Dec 3, 2012
    80
    While this collection obviously isn't the best place for newcomers to cut their teeth, From the Vaults, Vol. 1 is a collection that will give longtime fans a taste of what could have been in some kind of alternate time line, making the album essential listening for Kylesa diehards.
  2. Nov 30, 2012
    73
    The dozen takes are every bit as crafted as those on Kylesa's increasingly excellent five studio albums, with tones both enormous and exploratory and vocals both large and enthusiastic.
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    60
    hose unfamiliar with the works of Kylesa would be better off to experience the full-force of their psych and sludge collision--as heard on the band's later studio albums--and leave From the Vaults, Vol.1 resting in the hands of the curious and the completist.