It’s no secret that I’m a rather big fan of the Georgian sludge metal acts like Baroness and Mastodon, but while those two bands have decided to strip away their sludgey exterior for radio rock jams and progressive metal tendencies respectively, there still remains one main Georgian sludge act that has stayed true to the heavier format. Kylesa, the Savannah, Georgia quartet (with two drummers) have always please my ears, and now that they are fast approaching the three year mark since their last full-length studio LP, they have just announced the release date and title for their next album, as well as the first single.
With a release date of May 24th (28th for North America), Kylesa’s sixth full length effort is going to see release under the name Ultraviolet. Speaking out about the new album, band front-woman Laura Pleasants had this to say:
“Whereas ‘Spiral Shadow’ was a warm album suggesting concepts of hope, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a bit colder and darker… All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we’ve always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With ‘Ultraviolet’, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience”.
Sounds like fans of the band can expect a much darker experience with this most recent outing from the band, and I for one am eager to hear it. While May is only a few months away, that’s still a bit of time until we can all get our grubby hands on what I’m expecting to be a most excellent record. Luckily the band have also released the first single from Ultraviolet, the dizzying mess that is ‘Unspoken’, which you can listen to below.
It’s definitely a good thing when a band’s new output can put your ass on the floor by how unexpected it is, and ‘Unspoken’ is definitely unexpected. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly it is that makes this track so much of a progression from the band’s previous efforts, but it’s pretty clear that this is a definite step up for the band as a whole. If you subscribe to the Season of Mist newsletter, you can get a free download of the song, so go do that.
Kylesa’s Ultraviolet — which was produced by the band’s guitarist, the impeccable Phillip Cope — will be out May 24th on Season of Mist.