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Preview: Kylesa 

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the "gateway metal" band from Savannah, Ga.

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Kylesa, like its Savannah, Ga., brethren Black Tusk and Baroness, is perfect gateway metal: heavy enough to qualify, varied enough to keep both headbangers and nodders involved and weird enough for everyone else to give a damn. Thanks to ever-changing personnel as much as shifting inspiration — with two percussionists, three vocalists (one female) and former members now outnumbering current ones — each recent album makes a different entry point. Static Tensions (2009) is a tactile experience; to listen to its supreme headphone mix, with extreme drum pans cross-eared on the periphery of each channel, is to have your lobes massaged for 40 minutes. Released the next year, Spiral Shadow offers a sampler of everything the band does well: gothic builds and chasmic drops, blunt-force trauma and druggy crud, evil-minded drones and Pixies-dusted guitar heroics. At least four tracks ("Unspoken," "Quicksand," "Vultures Landing," "We're Taking This") from the May 24 release Ultraviolet (Season of Mist) are circulating at loud-music houses of worship, and whether your preference is pretty, punishing, sober or stoned, the fixes are in. Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf open. Tickets $15. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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