Kylesa is an experimental sludge metal group from Georgia that has been widely regarded as one of the genre’s best bands. Their newest CD, From The Vaults, Vol. 1, contains unreleased, alternative renditions of some of their more popular songs, plus one new track (“End Truth”), a cover of a Pink Floyd tune (“Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun”) and a four minute drum solo (“Drum Jam”). It’s not a major release, but for many this will be a must!

The cover of Pink Floyd’s “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” makes a lot of sense to me! I have always felt that there was a certain Floyd influence/vibe running through Kylesa’s sound. What I don’t get however, is a 4:00 minute drum track. Thankfully it comes at the end of the disc, so I was able to enjoy the previous eleven songs before being forced to endure this long, drawn out, mundane offering.

Aside from the album’s final (and unnecessary) track, this is exactly what I would have expected from a Kylesa collection. I think fans will find it an essential addition to their archive and I look forward to new Kylesa material.

Track Listing:

01. Intro
02. Inverse
03. 111 Degree Heat Index
04. Between Silence and Sound II
05. Paranoid Tempo
06. End Truth
07. Bottom Line II
08. Wavering
09. Bass Salts
10. Drained
11. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
12. Drum Jam

Run Time: 41:52
Release Date: November 20, 2012

Check out the ‘From the Vaults, Vol. 1’ trailer