11 Songs, 1 Hour, 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perhaps looking for a ghost in the machine, the British metalcore band Sylosis tracked its third studio album in Wales at Monnow Valley Studios, where Black Sabbath, Rush, and Judas Priest have recorded. Still, it’s the ghost of '80s Metallica that breaks through just past the halfway mark of the opening song, “Out from Below.” It’s as if frontman and lead guitarist Josh Middleton procured a book of unused thrash metal riffs from Kirk Hammett’s secret vaults. What’s more interesting is that 2012’s Monolith is a conceptual album musing on the age-old myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. “Fear the World” charges full steam ahead with locomotive rhythms hammered out by drummer Carl Parnell and bassist Rob Callard. Impressively, Middleton can rip out lightning-fast leads that balance technical proficiency with classic party-thrash while screaming his vocal cords raw. The sludgy title track proves that Sylosis is hardly a one-trick pony. It contrasts chugging riffs with overdriven guitar feedback, providing a haunting background ambience similar to Wolves in the Throne Room. “Born Anew” redefines brutality.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perhaps looking for a ghost in the machine, the British metalcore band Sylosis tracked its third studio album in Wales at Monnow Valley Studios, where Black Sabbath, Rush, and Judas Priest have recorded. Still, it’s the ghost of '80s Metallica that breaks through just past the halfway mark of the opening song, “Out from Below.” It’s as if frontman and lead guitarist Josh Middleton procured a book of unused thrash metal riffs from Kirk Hammett’s secret vaults. What’s more interesting is that 2012’s Monolith is a conceptual album musing on the age-old myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. “Fear the World” charges full steam ahead with locomotive rhythms hammered out by drummer Carl Parnell and bassist Rob Callard. Impressively, Middleton can rip out lightning-fast leads that balance technical proficiency with classic party-thrash while screaming his vocal cords raw. The sludgy title track proves that Sylosis is hardly a one-trick pony. It contrasts chugging riffs with overdriven guitar feedback, providing a haunting background ambience similar to Wolves in the Throne Room. “Born Anew” redefines brutality.

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About Sylosis

Hailing from the aptly named town of Cemetery Junction, near Reading, England, Sylosis began taking shape in the year 2000, when lead guitarist Josh Middleton and bassist Carl Parnell first joined forces with an assortment of school mates and began tinkering with several different extreme metal sub-styles. In due time, the band developed a complex sound meshing death, thrash, and hardcore ingredients with a keen appreciation for melody, which they proceeded to test-drive on a pair of EPs (2006's Casting the Shadows and 2007's The Supreme Oppressor) while waiting to grow old enough to play in local pubs. These independent releases also generated enough buzz to attract influential metal label Nuclear Blast, which signed Sylosis -- now featuring vocalist Jamie Graham, rhythm guitarist Alex Bailey, and drummer Rob Callard, alongside mainstays Middleton and Parnell -- and released their debut full-length, Conclusion of an Age, in late 2008. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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