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Album Review: Ultraviolet by Kylesa


PromoImageI’ve known about Kylesa for quite some years now and know that their previous albums have garnered quite a bit of praise.  But something about the singles that were released then just never clicked for me and I never took a dive into one of their records before.  I really can’t put my finger on what didn’t catch me about their music, but it should be something right up my alley as I’m a fan of dirty stoner metal and rock.  Luckily my ears caught wind of the their single for “Unbroken” and I absolutely loved the hypnotic atmosphere of the tune and from there I decided I’d give Kylesa a good listen when their upcoming album Ultraviolet was released.  Even luckier for me an advanced stream and a promo copy landed in the inbox so I could get to delving into the world of Kylesa a bit earlier.  So, for those that may be wondering how the new L.P. compares to the previous, I really won’t be able to tell you.  I will be able to tell you however, that Ultraviolet is a really great record and as soon as there is a small lull in metal releases, going back and listening to their back catalog is a top priority.

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Full Album Streams: Ultraviolet by Kylesa


Kylesa-UltravioletAs I stated in a previous post, for some reason I always thought the songs released as singles by Kylesa were pretty cool, but never grabbed me and made me want to check out a full album them.  Theoretically, they should be right up my alley, big fat stoner and doom riffs and a female singer that doesn’t bleat like a goat.  But alas, just never made the connection.  Then an email from their PR landed in our inbox with a link to their new single “Unspoken” and I checked it out.  Immediately I was head over heels for the tune and its dreamy groove.  So I vowed I’d check the record out when it landed.  Luckily, the fine folks over at Pitchfork have secured an advance stream of their new album Ultraviolet for everyone to listen to.  A few songs in and I’m digging it well enough, it’s already secured a purchase.  Give it a listen while its up (the streaming ends on May 28, 2013) and let us know what you think of it.  As requested by one of our readers I will do a full review of it probably sometime next week.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Click here to go to the advance stream

Musings of the Heavy Metal Hippie: Unspoken by Kylesa


Black_Metal_Hippie_I_by_IrilarAs 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!!!! 🙂

Music Video Mania-Modern Retro Videos


When watching movies I’ve been caught often saying “they don’t make ’em like they used to”, especially if I’m going back and watching a classic such as Ghostbusters, The Dark Crystal(or any Jim Henson movie for that matter), or Conan the Barbarian.  There was something special about those films that gave a warm human touch to them, probably the fact that human hands had touched every aspect of the creation.  I’m not saying that modern movies suck, in fact I enjoy them quite a bit, but you have to admit that some of the movie magic is gone.  The same could be said about music videos.  Back then(err, the 80’s and 90’s) making a music video was usually on a tight budget and people didn’t have access to inexpensive HD video camera or video editing software, but they got by using some creativity and imagination.

Here are some modern(post 2000’s) metal music videos that whether using modern technology or not give a shout out to an age past by incorporating themes, moods, colors, and techniques used in movies and music videos.  Enjoy!! And if you know of any modern retro metal videos that aren’t listed here I’d love to know about it down in the comments!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Opeth-The Devils Orchard

Just like Opeth‘s latest album is a throwback to the sounds of the 70’s it would seem logical that their latest music video would do the same.  It has that 70’s psychedelic exploitation movie style and I love the soft colors throughout the video.  So, who else thought of The Seventh Seal(I think the chess board was a direct nod to that film, especially since it’s a Swedish-made movie and Opeth are Swedish) and Hitchcock, especially Vertigo?

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