Release Date: Mar 17, 2009
Record label: Prosthetic
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Metal
If the world were just, Kylesa would be a household name. Fellow Georgians Mastodon have rocketed to fame due to hard work, press hype, and acceptance by non-metalheads. Fellow Savannians Baroness have earned plaudits due to a sound that's more classic rock than metal. Kylesa, too, have alloyed sludge metal with melody and finesse.
Since constant musician turnover has pretty much been the only "constant" aspect of Kylesa's career thus far, the Savannah, GA-based outfit's latest personnel department update (that being session bassist Javier Villegas) is duly noted, but glossed over so that we can focus on far more relevant issues such as the condition of the group's ever-evolving musical endeavors on album number four, 2009's Static Tensions. (Come to think of, it shouldn't that always be the case? Anyway. .
Static Tensions is the fourth album from Savannah, Georgia metal mavens Kylesa and it may well be the best damn album the band’s released and one of the finest of 2009, metal or otherwise. With this, Kylesa take the leap into the big leagues by delivering on the promise of previous release Time Will Fuse Its Worth. Listeners are bombarded with a dual drummer attack and razor sharp downtuned riffage that would make bands like Teeth of the Hydra, High On Fire, and Weedeater proud, while managing to be both more psychedelic and more technically proficient sounding than any of them.
The rising fury of 2007 debut EP Wall Crusher splatters on POW's first LP for Austin indie Arclight. "I am nothing!" fissures ex-At All Cost axeman Trey Ramirez on "The Here and Now," the local quartet screaming for vengeance at a machine-gun gate. Maiden harmonies ("Betrayer"), cathedral guitars ("Wall Crusher"), and the piano-closing "Evaders" add up to a 35-minute epic.