|From The Vaults, Vol. 1|
|Release Date: November 20, 2012|
|Record Label: Season of Mist|
Kylesa has released From The Vaults, Vol. 1, a twelve-song collection featuring unreleased, new and alternate versions of songs spanning their catalog. The release includes one entirely new song, “End Truth,” as well as the band’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.”
“This project has been a labor of love,” “We have spent over a year going through old songs, covers, etc. and collected those we felt went well together; remixing and finishing them up. We didn’t want to release something just thrown together so we put a lot of thought and time into it,” explained guitarist/singer/producer Phillip Cope.
The sound of the album spans from the brutal raw energy of songs like “Inverse,” “Wavering,” and “Drained” to the punk-infused metal of the song “Paranoid Tempo.” The band’s early work is somewhat unrefined but you can clearly hear the facets of their sound they will later use to evolve into their current form.
The new song, “End Truth,” is slotted in the middle of the album. It’s a wild ride to go from the early untempered recordings to a piece with more spit and polish. The track is dark, broody, and awesome. Just when you think it settles into a groove, something changes to grab your attention and keep you at the edge of your chair.
I’m not a huge fan of covers, but Kylesa’s take on Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” is actually a cool update and interpretation. Like the original, the song is a slow descent in madness before it pulls out and levels off. Unlike the original, this version is heavy and distorted. The song is a remarkably good fit for their playing style.
Overall, this is a solid release, and we can’t wait to hear more new material.
1. Intro **
2. Inverse **
3. 111 Degree Heat Index ***
4. Between Silence and Sound II ***
5. Paranoid Tempo **
6. End Truth *
7. Bottom Line II ***
8. Wavering **
9. Bass Salts **
10. Drained **
11. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun **
12. Drum Jam **
** Previously unreleased/limited availability
*** Alternate Version