Ladies and gentleman, the TOP 5 METAL ALBUMS OF 2010 according to the contributing writers of Hellbound.ca..
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“I just remember being at the practice space, early on and writing some songs, and realizing how different they were sounding. And being a little unsure as to how it was going, and where it was gonna end up. Especially since Static Tensions had just come out, people were still checking that record out. So it was like ‘Well, this is definitely NOT Static Tensions Part II’, but [these new ideas] could go one of two ways…”
Kyle Harcott in conversation with Laura Pleasants and Phillip Cope of Kylesa.
Here is what we played on the December 5th edition of Hellbound Radio
“The crowd, still frothing from Baptists’ frantic set, boiled over for Kylesa from the get-go when they opened with “Hollow Severer”. The band was in fine form throughout their set, which was mostly balanced between Static Tensions and Spiral Shadow.”
Kyle Harcott recaps the December 2nd performance by KYLESA, HAGGATHA and BAPTISTS at Vancouver’s Media Club. Live photos by Ted Wilson
All around, Here is No Exit is more top notch material from a band who’ve never failed to deliver top notch material.
Take the buzzsaw riffage of more recent Darkthrone and the piss ‘n malt liquor of Eyehategod, with some decidedly pissed off black metal vocals, and change tempos frequently. You’ve got yourself a solid eight-song, 35 minute debut.
Here is what we played on the Sunday, November 21st edition of HELLBOUND RADIO
“I wondered though, if anyone else was visibly shocked when (Page) Hamilton entered the stage. He was not only thin, he was gaunt. If it wasn’t for his deft guitar playing and strong, clear and commanding voice, I would have expected him to crumple onto the floor at any second.”
Laina Dawes caught up with Helmet and Intronaut at their Toronto stop at Lee’s Palace on October 17th.
But the album’s triumph for me, without question, is the majestic, heartfelt (hell, almost power-pop!) pageantry of “Don’t Look Back”; its two-note clarion-call intro causes the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up every time I listen– and the lyrics and vocals propel the song into sheer anthemic glory.
Hellbound’s Kyle Harcott reviews Kylesa’s latest effort, entitled Spiral Shadow, released on Season of Mist.