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High On Fire, Torche, Kylesa 

When: Wed., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $14-16

Kylesa, from Savannah, Ga., has long been heralded as one of the leaders of the new crop of sludgy Southern metal bands, a pack that includes heavies from Weedeater and Baroness to Mastodon and Torche. And while Kylesa can throb at mid-tempo with the best of them, that Southern sludge descriptor is quickly becoming as pointless for Kylesa as it is for Mastodon: Spiral Shadow, the band's fifth album, is a moody, shifty masterpiece, slinking and storming between poles of nebulous brood and down-tuned bludgeon. The title track is a 10-minute epic that pays homage to prog heroes without losing the band's time-honed grit, while "Don't Look Back" is a rock radio-ready anthem, with ascendant guitars and a chorus so big and triumphant, you reach for lighters while searching for the pit. The first of three slots on this bill would be horribly insulting for Kylesa, who can, without hesitation, claim one of the year's best LPs, were it not for the strength at the top of this bill. Matt Pike's High on Fire is a heavy-metal battalion, with guitars that churn and drums that pound with the panic of a cinematic battle scene. Torche is touring behind UFO, its weakest album to date, but when the Miami trio finds the liminal, rarified space between doom and pop, their music is overwhelming in all the right ways. —Grayson Currin

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