Last year, Kylesa released their seventh album, the excellent Exhausting Fire, and toured in support of it. Having seen them twice in the course of three months, once opening for Cult of Luna, we’d thought they were just getting better as a live unit. It turns out that was somewhat of a farewell lap for the band, who announced last night that they’re on hiatus. From their Facebook page:
To our fans and friends… After 15 years of nonstop touring and writing, we decided that it is time for a break. A lot of you have been asking when we are coming to your part of the world and that means a lot to us. However, we feel it should be known that as of now we have no plans to play any shows or work on any new material. We have collectively decided to take a hiatus with no set date to reconvene. We want to give a huge thanks to all our fans, friends, and family for the support over the years. It has been a killer journey and a real pleasure meeting so many amazing people along the way.
The band formed in 2001, emerging from the fertile Savannah, GA music scene. They mixed elements of psychedelia in with their metal. They might have been best-known for their usage of two drummers. Vocalist/guitarists Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants were the two constants in the band. Hopefully they’ll either have solo projects or eventually reunite, because they’ll definitely be missed.