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Kylesa

Formed: 2000
From: Savannah, GA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Kylesa News

Below is our complete Kylesa news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Cristina Scabbia Talks About Touring the US

LiveDaily.com reports: For Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, it is not difficult to be a female hard-rock singer in a male-dominated world. She counts on professionalism and respect to earn fans.

"As long as you believe in yourself, you can always do it," said Scabbia, who shares vocal duties in the Milan, Italy-based band with male Andrea Ferro.

"I always thought if you give respect to people, you always get the same respect back. Of course, if you are expecting to be just the female in the band and then it's easy to make it just because of that---you are wrong. You're absolutely wrong. You have to be able to do your job. You have to be able to have balls. But I don't think it's a question of being a woman or a man. It's a question of having the right attitude."

Lacuna Coil, which currently is in the midst of the Jagermeister Music Tour with Stone Sour, is one of the few European hard-rock bands to cross the ocean and make a name for itself. It broke into the US market thanks to a 2004 spot on the Ozzfest tour supporting "Comalies" and a 2006 position opening for Rob Zombie. Scabbia chalks up her band's success to the fact that it is "offering something different from the other bands."

"Our music is not the typical music you listen to every day," she said. We always could care less about cliches and music. But we always try to be inspired by different things, and we created something that's absolutely different--we have two singers, a male and female, but we don't use the voices as the beauty and the beast. We have aggressive parts, but a lot of melody in the music. I think that made the difference. We're successful, too, probably because of the relationship with the fans, as well. We always like to interact with them, which we always thought was really important."

Other European hard rock bands haven't been so fortunate because of the high cost to bring a tour to the United States, she explained.

"There's an ocean in between, so it's really expensive to come here and to bring a lot of stuff, to have a decent [stage show], and it's a question of budget and a question of time, as well. If you want to tour properly in the US, you need a lot of time. It's not like you come here, play for a week and then it's done. You have to be able to touch every territory, touch different clubs--A clubs, B clubs, festivals, as well. It's basically a question of time, organization and budget."

After the Jagermeister tour wraps up, Lacuna Coil will begin a headlining tour in support of its latest album "Karmacode." The first single, "Our Truth," was featured on the soundtrack for the movie "Underworld: Evolution."

"Karmacode" closes with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence."

"It actually happened because we were thinking about covering a song especially for the live shows," Scabbia said. "We just wanted a very famous song that everybody could sing during shows. We tried different songs, but we just found out 'Enjoy the Silence' was absolutely perfect for our style, but it wasn't meant to be a [Lacuna Coil] single; it was just meant to be a famous song that people could sing during the show. But then people liked it so much that we had to release it as a single because people wanted it."

By the end of this year or the beginning of 2008, Lacuna Coil will return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2006's "Karmacode," which the band co-produced with Waldemar Sorychta. The group has begun penning new material, but it doesn't have complete songs.

"But we're collecting new ideas, keeping everything together and practicing a little bit," Scabbia said.

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New Kylesa Video Online, Tour w/ Lacuna Coil

KYLESA have unveiled the band's new music video for the track "Hollow Severer" of the critically-appraised album 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.' Featuring live performance footage, psychedelic imagery and claymation-style animation, the video was filmed earlier this spring in New York with director Dave Brodsky (The Acacia Strain, God Forbid, Gwar) and My Good Eye. The "Hollow Severer" video can be viewed on YouTube.com. A contest giving fans a chance to win vinyl and t-shirts from KYLESA has also been launched to coincide with the video's release. You can read the rules and apply here.

Currently finishing dates across the US with Genghis Tron, KYLESA will also hook up with Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation in late May and early June for a handful of west coast dates to continue supporting 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth.'

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More Bands Confirmed For New England Metal Fest

Polish and Dutch death metal bands BEHEMOTH and GOD DETHRONED have been added to the lineup of the ninth annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, presented by ESP Guitars & Basses and Krank Amps on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.

Additional confirmations include 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, DESPISED ICON, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DAATH, LIGEIA, IMPIOUS, 3, and EPICUREAN.

The festival will join forces with Metal Blade this year to celebrate the label’s 25th anniversary. The main and side stages will both exclusively feature Metal Blade bands on Saturday, topped off by a once-in-lifetime performance that will bring together musicians from Metal Blade’s stellar roster of bands.

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Kylesa Set To Embark On Six-Week Tour

KYLESA are set to embark on a six-week tour with like-minded Genghis Tron later this week, including appearances at Los Angeles Murderfest 3.0, South By Southwest Music Festival and a late April appearance at the ninth annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. A tour poster is available online here.

Currently supporting the acclaimed release 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth,' KYLESA returns to the road after supporting The Hidden Hand last month.

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New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Lineup

The lineup has been announced for this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The event will be headlined by black metal act Dimmu Borgir and feature performances from Bury Your Dead, Kylesa, The Devil Wears Prada, 100 Demons, Nora, The Human Abstract, Death Before Dishonor, Dead Hearts, Unearth, Shai Hulud and many more.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival take place at the Palladium, located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Mass.

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More Bands Announced For Los Angeles Murderfest

More bands have been announced for the Los Angeles Murderfest Version 3.0, which is slated for March 24th and 25th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA:

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Kylesa Shoot First Video For New Album

Kylesa shot the first video from their new album “Time Will Fuse Its Worth” yesterday. The video is for the track “Hollow Severer”, shot with acclaimed director David Brodsky (Gwar, Strapping Young Lad, The Red Chord) and crew at MyGoodEye in New York.

Kylesa is currently finishing up a tour with The Hidden Hand, and will be hitting the road once again on March 17th for a month-long tour with Genghis Tron.

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Kylesa Join The Hidden Hand For N.A. Tour

In advance of the February 20the release of their third full-length release, The Resurrection Of Whiskey Foote (Southern Lord Records), Maryland's THE HIDDEN HAND will be assaulting masses across the US, showcasing some of the new material.

Joining the doomsters on the road will be KYLESA, making the shows even more worth seeing if you're in driving, subway or hitchhiking distance from any of the spots on the tour.

A full bio on The Hidden Hand along with updated pics and info on the band and album can be found here. Also, check out the track 'Someday Soon' at this location.

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Kylesa Bassist Injured In Bike Accident

Kylesa bassist/vocalist Corey Barhorst was injured in a bike accident yesterday, forcing the band to cancel their appearance at this weekend's This Is For You Fest in Daytona, FL. The group has issued the following statement:

"Corey got into a bad bike wreck this evening on the way to practice and hurt himself badly. He flipped on his bike and landed face first onto the concrete, knocking out his front teeth. His hands and face are badly bruised, cut and swollen and he has to have emergency dental surgery tomorrow because his nerves were exposed in the fall. this is obviously really shitty and we hope that he gets better soon. Send him love...I'm not sure if we will cancel all the upcoming shows (through Jan 5) or just the first few...I will post asap either way. To everyone who came to the This is For You Fest in Daytona to see us, we are really sorry and we hope you understand. We will come back to Florida and make it up to you this spring."

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Kylesa To Play Some Regional Dates w/ The Sword

Fresh off supporting Converge, Some Girls and Modern Life is War, Savannah's sludge rockers KYLESA have confirmed a handful of regional tour dates alongside The Sword, as well as confirming an appearance at Daytona Beach's "This Is Your Fest 2006" alongside a host of other bands. Details can be found online here. More confirmed KYLESA tour dates will be available shortly.

The band is continuing to support its new record Time Will Fuse Its Worth, which saw a Halloween release and is the follow-up to 2005's critically-heralded To Walk A Middle Course.

KYLESA tour dates:

11/21 Richmond, VA - Alley Katz (with Parasytic Lord, Government Warning)
12/03 Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree (with The Sword)
12/04 Raleigh, NC - Kings (with The Sword)
12/30 Daytona Beach, FL - Backstage (This Is For You Fest)
1/02 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall (with The Sword)
1/03 Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats (with The Sword)
1/04 Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory (with The Sword)

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Kylesa To Tour With Converge in November

Savannah, GA-based sludge rockers KYLESA have been confirmed to support Converge in November for a string of US tour dates. Also appearing alongside Some Girls and Modern Life Is War, the domestic dates will be the first batch of touring plans Stateside after returning from the band’s current tour throughout Europe. The live shows will also be the first dates scheduled for the band following the release of KYLESA’s forthcoming album, ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth' on Oct. 31.

Previously, KYLESA revealed artwork, and track info for the ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth.’ Snippets of the foldout artwork, which was constructed by KYLESA guitarist/vocalist Laura Pleasants, can been seen here, and links are also provided to both an mp3 and a video for the album’s fourth track, “Where The Horizon Unfolds.”

Prior to departing for the band’s current European tour, KYLESA met up with director Tony Costello of SSD Films to shoot footage for what would become the video for “Where The Horizon Unfolds,” which mixes psychedelic imagery with the track’s haunting, building atmosphere. Marking the debuts of drummers Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley, ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth’ will see an October 31 release date through Prosthetic Records (a day earlier in European territories).

“When we first started the band, we had planned on having two drummers but it didn't work out, so now it feels like everything is coming together,” Pleasants previously said. “There is definitely a new level of intensity to KYLESA now. Since the new lineup has gotten together we have felt the strongest creative spark yet.”

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Kylesa Announce New Album Tracklisting and Release

Savannah sludge rockers KYLESA have released details about the band’s follow-up to 2005’s highly praised ‘To Walk A Middle Course.’ Due out October 31 through Prosthetic Records, the new album has been dubbed ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth’ and clocks in at just over 40-minutes. The tracklisting is as follows:

1) What Becomes An End
2) Hollow Severer
3) Where The Horizon Unfolds
4) Between Silence and Sound
5) Identity Defined
6) Ignoring Anger
7) The Warning

‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth’ marks the recording debuts of new drummers Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley, adding to the band’s already thunderous sound. As a precursor to the record’s release, KYLESA will open up a European tour September 5, trekking across the continent well into October, before returning to America.

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Kylesa Give Update On New Music

Savannah, GA sludge rockers KYLESA have offered an update on the band, fresh off a string of dates alongside Baroness and its appearance at the 8th annual Emissions From The Monolith festival:

"So we are about to record a brand new album. It hasn't even been a year since we recorded 'To Walk a Middle Course,' but since Carl and Jeff have joined the band, we've been writing constantly and are pretty stoked on what's come out of the jams. We're recording this month, so the record should be out in October sometime, right after we get back from Europe. We're doing a split 7" with Victims which will be out this summer on Hyperrealist in the US and Unsociable in Europe. We're also contributing a song for the EyeHateGod tribute CD which is coming out on Emetic Records. We're doing "Left to Starve" off of their first record. Other bands that will be on the comp include Brutal Truth, Lair of the Minotaur, Unearthly Trance and a bunch more."

The forthcoming KYLESA studio album will be the follow-up to the band's Prosthetic debut, 2005's highly-lauded 'To Walk A Middle Course.' The record will be the first with KYLESA's newest members, drummers Carl McGinley and Jeff Porter.

KYLESA on tour
6/06 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn (with Withered, Doomsayer)

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Kylesa Performing New Material Live, Still Writing

Kylesa have issued the following update on the band's official website:

“The Jacksonville and Savannah shows went really well. Thanks to everyone who came out to check out our new lineup and the two drummer attack. We're so stoked with this line up and are continuing to write new material. We're playing a bunch of new songs for these upcoming shows so come check it out and let us know what you think. Our new website should be up hopefully by next week. We'll have some new shirts up soon and we'll have new video footage soon as well.”

Kylesa have upcoming tour dates with Victims and Baroness among others. Here are the confirmed tour dates: More...

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Kylesa Finalize Spring Tour Dates

Savannah, GA sludge rockers Kylesa have finalized touring plans for the coming weeks. The band will be playing with Victims, Baroness, and other assorted bands along the way, including a collaboration with label mates Yakuza for the May 31 date of the "Decibel Presents Dysrhythmia, Yakuza, and Behold...The Arctopus" tour. The band is continuing to support 2005's well-received 'To Walk A Middle Course,' while also playing new songs with new drummers Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley. The drumming duo made their live debut with the band in April.

"Thanks to everyone who came out to check out our new lineup and the two drummer attack [last week]," the band posted on the official Kylesa website. "We're so stoked with this line up and are continuing to write new material. We're playing a bunch of new songs for these upcoming shows, so come check it out and let us know what you think."

On a related note, Kylesa guitarist Phillip Cope will play in a reunion, benefit show with his previous band, Damad, on May 6 at The Jinx in Savannah, GA.

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Dysrhythmia to Tour With Behold...The Arctopus

Dysrhythmia and Behold...The Arctopus will be touring, dates are as follows:

with Yakuza:
May 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
May 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
May 27 - Allston, MA @ O'Brien's
May 28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar Nightclub
May 29 - Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
May 30 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
May 31 - Charleston, SC @ Cumberlands w/ Kylesa
June 1 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
June 2 - Athens, GA @ Tasty World
June 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
June 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
June 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
June 14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

June 24 - Dayton, OH @ Elbo's w/ Mouth of the Architect
June 25 - Columbus, OH @ High Five
June 27 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

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Kylesa Writing New Material, To Tour Again

Savannah sludge rockers KYLESA will be back on the road on the East Coast this spring to continue supporting 2005's critically-acclaimed "To Walk A Middle Course." Landing on a handful of year-end lists, the band will take that buzz on the road alongside a variety of other acts including Municipal Waste, Baroness, Victims, and labelmates Yakuza. More dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

Last month, Kylesa settled on a replacement for the band's vacant drummer position: 2 of them. "Since the dawn of Kylesa, it was our intention to have two drummers but at the time it didn't pan out," the band says. "Finally, after 5 years it has become a reality and two new members have been added to play drums: Jeff Porter from Detroit and Carl McGinley of Savannah (who also drums for the Unpersons). We feel that this is our strongest line up as of yet and new and old songs are coming along great." Kylesa is currently writing material for the follow-up to the band's Prosthetic debut, "To Walk A Middle Course."

Here are the confirmed Kylesa tour dates so far:

4/13 Jacksonville, FL - TBA
4/14 Savannah, GA - The Jinx (with Municipal Waste and Baroness)
4/15 Daytona, FL - TBA
4/21 Tampa, FL – Skate Park of Tampa
4/22 Lake Worth, FL – Klein Dance Studio
4/27 Greensboro, NC – The Flying Anvil
4/28 Philadelphia, PA – TBA (with Victims)
4/29 Brooklyn, NY – Pete’s Sweet Warehouse (with Victims)
4/30 Boston, MA – TBA (with Victims)
5/01 Providence, RI – TBA
5/02 Lemoyne, PA – Champion Ship Records
5/03 Fredericksburg, VA – The Bourbon Room (with The Catalyst, Pygmy Lush, The Jefferson Plane Crash)
5/23 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone (with Baroness)
5/24 Harrisonburg, VA – TBA (with Baroness)
5/25 Youngstown, OH – Nyabinghi (Emissions From the Monolith Fest)
5/28 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St. (with Baroness)
5/30 Washington, DC - Warehouse Next Door (with Baroness, Flowers in the Attic)
5/31 Charleston, SC – Cumberland’s (with Yakuza, Dysrythmia)

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New Kylesa Tour Dates Trickling In

A few new KYLESA tour dates have trickled in. The band is currently writing new material for the follow-up to ‘To Walk A Middle Course.’ As previously reported, they’ve also added two drummers to the line-up.

Here are the latest tour dates:

4/13 Jacksonville, FL - TBA
4/14 Savannah, GA - The Jinx (with Municipal Waste)
4/15 Daytona, FL - TBA
4/21 Tampa, FL – Skate Park of Tampa
4/22 Lake Worth, FL – Klein Dance Studio
4/28 Philadelphia, PA – TBA (with Victims)
4/29 Brooklyn, NY – The High Five Spot (with Victims)
4/30 Boston, MA – TBA (with Victims)
5/01 Providence, RI – TBA
5/02 Lemoyne, PA – Champion Ship Records
5/23 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone (with Baroness)
5/24 Harrisonburg, VA – TBA (with Baroness)
5/25 Youngstown, OH - Nyabinghi
5/28 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.
5/29 TBA – TBA (with Baroness)
5/31 Charleston, SC – Cumberland’s (with Yakuza, Dysrythmia)

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Kylesa Find Two New Drummers

After originally parting with their drummer last June, Kylesa have finally found a replacement. Actually, they've found two replacements. Here's a statement from the band:

"Since the dawn of Kylesa, it was our intention to have two drummers but at the time it didn't pan out. Finally, after 5 years it has become a reality and two new members have been added to play drums: Jeff Porter from Detroit and Carl McGinley of Savannah (who also drums for the Unpersons). We feel that this is our strongest line up as of yet and new and old songs are coming along great."

KYLESA wrapped up touring in the US and abroad in support of the band's Prosthetic Records debut, To Walk A Middle Course. After touring alongside the likes of 3 Stages of Pain, Coliseum and Torche, Kylesa has been writing new material for the next record as well as auditioning drummers.

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Kylesa Wrap Up Touring, Begin Writing

Savannah sludge rockers KYLESA have wrapped up touring, both in the US and abroad, in support of the band's Prosthetic Records debut, To Walk A Middle Course. After touring alongside the likes of 3 Stages of Pain, Coliseum and Torche, Kylesa is now concentrating on writing new music for the next record, as well as auditioning drummers to permanently join the band.

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