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  • Summary: The Savannah, Georgia, band's new album incorporates psychedelic experimentalism with heavy riffs and sludgy doom metal.
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  • Record Label: Season of Mist
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
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Don't Look Back
Pictures of my youth ask if I've become what I wanted to Keep moving, don't look back Moments of challenged clarity Distorted effect on... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Oct 26, 2010
    The mix is somehow both spacious and full, with each instrument clearly audible at all times, yet making up one part of a majestic whole. This is a great psychedelic hard rock album, only occasionally returning to the sludgy metal of Kylesa's early releases.
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    Spiral Shadow might just be the album of the year so far. All hail the kings (and queen) of nouveau-prog.
  3. Nov 2, 2010
    Whether bellowed by Philip Cope or sung with witchy intensity by Laura Pleasants, just about every song has a chorus that immediately stamps itself on your brain. In that sense, Spiral Shadow is damn near a pop album.
  4. Kerrang!
    Oct 25, 2010
    This is still towering, hazy, stoner metal--it's just shaped with more craft than once before and is therefore far more interesting. [16 Oct 2010, p.50]
  5. Nov 4, 2010
    These perennial up-and-comers are now operating at an elite level. Welcome to the upper tier of American metal, kids.
  6. Revolver
    Nov 1, 2010
    Kylesa nods toward their feral past as choruses make muscular concessions to hardcore floor-punches. But other tracks are their artiest and dreamiest yet. [Nov/Dec 2010, p.96]
  7. Oct 26, 2010
    The 78-minute Spiral Shadow supersizes everything, from song lengths to layers of deep-focus space-rock effects, but the sprawling songs are still built around riffs as sweaty as a south Georgia summer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 27, 2010
    Spiral Shadow is a fantastic album. It is intense, sludgy, psychedelic, and harmonic. I jumped on the Kylesa bandwagon at Static TensionsSpiral Shadow is a fantastic album. It is intense, sludgy, psychedelic, and harmonic. I jumped on the Kylesa bandwagon at Static Tensions (also a fantastic album) and I'm very pleased with their newest output. Their maturation as a band is clear on this effort, and it is much more consistent than their past efforts. From top to bottom this album is flawless. If you enjoy metal, give this album a spin. Expand

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