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Release date: 26 October 2010
Style: Sludge metal

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8.3 | 101 votes

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01. Tired Climb
02. Cheating Synergy
03. Drop Out
04. Crowded Road
05. Don't Look Back
06. Distance Closing In
07. To Forget
08. Forsaken
09. Spiral Shadow
10. Back And Forth
11. Dust

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The album will be available as a regular CD as well as a limited edition digipak with 3D cover art packaged with a bonus DVD.

Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
8.3
"We wanted this to be a 'headphone' album" - explains Laura Pleasants on the "making of… " DVD. The album was to also be about distance - distance in terms of the time and miles with the band, as well as distancing themselves from their prior works.

That it is and that it does.

Not quite the raging slab that was Static Tensions, Spiral Shadow is perhaps Sludge-lite. It still has heaping helpings of bludgeoning sludge, but has some more mellow moments and hypnotic-almost-tribal passages to give the album added moods and depth.

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published 11.11.2010 | Comments (14)

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Marcel Hubregtse - 06.09.2010 at 23:19  
Rating: 7 Great continuation of their previous outing.
Axe Argonian - 26.10.2010 at 05:03  
Rating: 8 This is most definitely the best album that Kylesa has released thus far. There is more musical variation in Spiral Shadow, and at times, the band employs impressive progressive elements surprisingly well. Although it is evident that Kylesa cites its musical influence from bands like Baroness and Mastodon, on Spiral Shadow, Kylesa truly stamps a unique name for itself. Strong 8.7/10.
Dangerboner - 30.10.2010 at 21:51  
Rating: 8 Does anyone else get a My Bloody Valentine feeling on this album?

Good stuff, but after only one listen I think I slightly prefer their previous release.
Ag Fox - 01.11.2010 at 01:18  
Rating: 9
Written by Dangerboner on 30.10.2010 at 21:51

Does anyone else get a My Bloody Valentine feeling on this album?

Good stuff, but after only one listen I think I slightly prefer their previous release.
I agree slightly on the My Bloody Valentine bit. Cannot exactly pinpoint why though.
After the first listen I thought their previous was better as well, but now I am on my second spin and it suddenly sounded way better
BitterCOld - 11.11.2010 at 01:51  
Rating: 8 "Don't Look Back" sounds a lot like a heavier version of Smashing Pumpkin's "Today"...
bluegreengod - 13.11.2010 at 09:32  
  Definitely more so than their other albums, Spiral Shadow has a sort of '90s throwback sound of raw energy with a In Utero-esque quirky catchiness to it. It's not the kind of music that I typically listen to, but I find myself wanting to keep putting it back in the stereo and push play. There's a nostalgic vibe to it that takes me back to a smoky club in Portland as a teenager, back when there was still an underground scene making its rounds through the Pacific Northwest.
Daydream Nation - 13.12.2010 at 20:12  
  Meh...There's a nice 90s vibe to it and half a dozen decent to amazing songs. Not as much variety or "meatiness" to a lot of the songs, compared to other bands like Kyuss. DUST is the song that sounds like "Today" by the Smashing Pumpkins, btw.
I just wish I could be more enthusiastic about it. If only they had spent more time and made more higher-quality tracks...because most of what they have is interesting, to say the very least.
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.12.2010 at 20:26  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 13.12.2010 at 20:12

...Not as much variety or "meatiness" to a lot of the songs, compared to other bands like Kyuss.


But then again they play a different sort of metal than Kyuss.
Daydream Nation - 13.12.2010 at 21:25  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.12.2010 at 20:26

Written by Guest on 13.12.2010 at 20:12

...Not as much variety or "meatiness" to a lot of the songs, compared to other bands like Kyuss.


But then again they play a different sort of metal than Kyuss.

Well, no doubt they are going to be different. They are generally described as "stoner-prog", not "sludge metal" as Metal Storm claims. That being said, I hear a lot of Kyuss to their sound. Maybe it would be inappropriate to mention them in the same thread...
Kylesa do have a fundamental problem in my opinion: there's hardly anything riveting for the listener when everything sounds the same and there are few interesting movements. Some of their songs are just brilliant (Dust, Forsaken, etc.), but it's less apparent because it all kind of blurs together. And by no means is this a concept album where I'm OK with such songs blurring together. Maybe new instruments, more interesting songwriting or more interesting interludes might set this album apart from their peers... Better luck next time, Kylesa.
Daydream Nation - 22.12.2010 at 17:25  
  Oh, and I get a real Sonic Youth vibe off it as well. Pleasants sounds like Kim Gordon at times to a point where it is just eerie. Problem: Sonic Youth did these kind of vocals A LOT BETTER. The vocals lack "oomph" to me.
That being said, I've listened to it again and I've revised my rating to an 8.
Night Sight - 11.07.2011 at 20:08  
  That was not great but that was good for kylesa
blackelkspeaks - 18.10.2011 at 08:49  
  Such a good album, cheating synergy is easily the stand out track
SceneryOfLoss - 02.02.2012 at 18:26  
Rating: 9 Finally I learned to appreciate this album. Amazing!
Guib - 14.08.2012 at 07:54  
Rating: 9 That is definitely my favorite kylesa... I like their approach on this one, I hope their next release will be similar to this release ! Its quite unique
it redefines their name a little if you ask me. And They finally have a touch of their own. The progressive parts are inspired and I love that.
Góral - 28.02.2013 at 14:24  
Rating: 9
Written by Guib on 14.08.2012 at 07:54

That is definitely my favorite kylesa... I like their approach on this one, I hope their next release will be similar to this release ! Its quite unique
it redefines their name a little if you ask me. And They finally have a touch of their own. The progressive parts are inspired and I love that.

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