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Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts, Irata 

When: Thu., Oct. 15, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $20, $15 in advance
The members of this Georgia metal institution carved out their own niche long ago, so that these days they only need to guard against intruders and entropy. In the studio they’re now a trio of cofounders Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants, who both play guitar and sing, and drummer Carl McGinley (though onstage they still add a bassist and a second trap kit). The band recorded their brand-new seventh full-length, Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist), with no outside producer, and it takes a heavier tack than its more experimental predecessor, 2013’s Ultraviolet. Balanced perfectly on the imaginary pinnacle where psychedelia, doom, and space grunge all meet, the new album uses both singers’ voices to maximum advantage as it sets its various moods: Pleasants is really mastering the psych-chanteuse vibe, and “Shaping the Southern Sky” is Kylesa’s most mind-erasing roof lifter yet. I approve of the cover song they end with too—lots of bands go for obscurities and deep cuts, but by choosing a song everyone knows, in this case Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” they’ve made sure everyone can understand exactly what they’ve done to it.
— Monica Kendrick
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