Spiral Shadow

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Spiral Shadow
Studio album by Kylesa
Released October 25, 2010 (2010-10-25)
Recorded The Jam Room, July 2010
Genre Sludge metal
Length 41:22
Label season of mist
Producer Phillip Cope
Kylesa chronology
Static Tensions
(2009)
Spiral Shadow
(2010)
From the Vaults, Vol. 1
(2010)

Spiral Shadow, Kylesa's fifth full-length album, was released on October 25, 2010, in Europe and October 26, 2010, in the United States by Season of Mist.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[3]
Punknews.org 4/5 stars[4]
Rock Sound 9/10 stars[5]
Spin 7/10 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[7]
Type 3 Media 7/10 stars[8]

The album received positive reviews upon its release, and currently holds a metascore of 85 on Metacritic based on 9 reviews, indicating "Universal Acclaim".[9] It is also the highest rated metal album of the year according to the same site.[10] Many critics praised the band's fusion of different genres, including sludge metal, psychedelic rock and crust punk.

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Exclaim![11] Canada Top 10 Metal Albums of the Year 2010 4
Metacritic[10] International The 40 Best-Reviewed Albums of 2010 2010 14
Pitchfork Media[12] US Top 50 Albums of 2010 2010 44
Stereogum[13] US Top 50 Albums of 2010 2010 7

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tired Climb" - 3:20
  2. "Cheating Synergy" - 2:51
  3. "Drop Out" - 4:29
  4. "Crowded Road" - 3:29
  5. "Don't Look Back" - 3:20
  6. "Distance Closing In" - 3:51
  7. "To Forget" - 3:32
  8. "Forsaken" - 3:41
  9. "Spiral Shadow" - 5:12
  10. "Back And Forth" - 2:33
  11. "Dust" - 3:44

Personnel[edit]

  • Phillip Cope – guitar, vocals
  • Laura Pleasants – guitar, vocals
  • Carl McGinley – drums, percussion
  • Tyler Newberry – drums, percussion
  • Corey Barhorst – bass, keyboards

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
German Newcomer Chart[14] 14
Billboard Heatseekers Albums 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://metalbuzz.net/main/2010/08/24/kylesa-unveil-cover-art-and-tracklisting-for-spiral-shadow/
  2. ^ Freeman, Phil (August 20, 2010). "Spiral Shadow - Kylesa". Allmusic. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Harvell, Jess (November 2, 2010). "Kylesa: Spiral Shadow | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kylesa - Spiral Shadow". Punknews.org. November 12, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kerswell, Ronnie (October 21, 2010). "Kylesa - Spiral Shadow | Reviews | Rock Sound". Rock Sound. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://admin.spin.com/reviews/kylesa-spiral-shadow-season-mist
  7. ^ "Kylesa - Spiral Shadow (album review)". Sputnikmusic. October 24, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Album Review: Kylesa - Sprial Shadow". Type 3 Media. October 21, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Spiral Shadow Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Dietz, Jason (January 11, 2011). "The Best Albums of 2010". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Year in Review: Metal". Exclaim!. 
  12. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2010 | Features". Pitchfork Media. December 16, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010". Stereogum. December 21, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Mit Haftbefehl in die Newcomer-Charts". Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 27, 2011.