Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Unspoken by Kylesa
Posted by RiffRaff
As challenged by the grand master of a heavy metal group I participate in to post a song/video from the doom/sludge/southern/occult/stoner rock/metal daily I will be doing just that and not to let my words just reach a handful of people, I’ll up the count by 2 or 3 and c/p my posts here as well. Since I am known as the ‘hippie’ of the group it did get me thinking though, what exactly would one consider ‘hippie metal’, I guess any kind of metal or hard rock that goes well with the traditional hippie ethos of peace love and ganja. So, that’s pretty much boils down to a fuck ton of various music, so for all intents and purposes I will be limiting these daily (weekdays only) posts to the previously mentioned genres which seem to be the prime offenders (I could also add prog to the mix, but that would be diluting this more than it already is). Join me as I take the brown acid and go on a trip to discover the meaning of ‘hippie metal. I’ll be highlighting new stuff as well as classics, hope you all enjoy and discover some groovy tunes to crunch on 🙂
Today I’d like to highlight a new track from Kylesa called “Unspoken”. TBH, something about this band never grabbed me and made me want to purchase a record, but I dug them when I listened. This new track however has my attention and has me highly interested in checking out their new record, Ultraviolet, when it releases later this month.
In the song you will hear a nice mix of hippie metal genres as the sludgy mix of Georgian style stoner metal grooves give way to a Isis by way of Baroness style tune. Really dank stuff and I especially appreciate that great southern metal style guitar solo towards then end as well as that absolutely absorbing groove that kicks in around the 1:20 mark.
Unfortunately the other 2 released tracks don’t hit me nearly as hard as this tune did, but I did enjoy them enough to have my interest piqued to pledge to give Kylesa a serious listen when the new album drops. What say you, do you dig “Unspoken”, do you enjoy Kylesa, are you a towel? Comment away, and remember, always pass to the left. Peace Love and Metal!!!! 🙂