Origin: Oakland, California, USA  
Genres: Sludge Metal, Stoner Rock
Page online: September 29, 2011
Last update/review: July 9, 2023


Kalas brought together several musicians from the East Bay music scene, with the big name being Matt Pike from the mighty High On Fire. On the band's self-titled 2006 effort, the style rested somewhere between sludge and stoner metal, as they weren't as oppressively heavy as most sludge metal, but the doomier pace and Pike's gruff vocal style slotted them as far heavier than the typical stoner rock band. There's a fair amount songwriting depth to keep things interesting, and while no one band comes to mind as a soundalike, there are shades of Neurosis, maybe a bit of Mastodon, plus a few shades of High On Fire on occasion. Presumably Pike's main band took focus in the long run, as Kalas never recorded again.

Last Lineup

Matt Pike

vocals (High On Fire, Sleep)

Andy Branton


Paul Kott


Brad Reynolds


Scott Plumb



2006 Tee Pee
  1. Monuments to Ruins
  2. Frozen Sun
  3. Godpills
  4. Media Screws
  5. Things Done and Undone
  6. Mother's Tears
  7. Pleasurable Prison
  8. Due Time
  9. Voyager
  • Matt Pike
  • Andy Branton
  • Paul Kott
  • Brad Reynolds
  • Scott Plumb

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