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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.

Customer Reviews

Great as always

Another Great album. I like that all over their albums sound different. Something new with each . Its becoming more and more rare to see that in music these days.

Hitting on all cylinders

Sylosis keeps increasing the quality of their albums and Monolith is no exception. The album is long and full of moody, thrashing goodness. I couldn't recommend it more.

Best I've heard all year!

I love this band and listen to them constantly. This ablum definitely doesn't disapoint. Still sounds like Sylosis, but with kind of more prog style riffing and structure. They're doing an amazing job mixing it up without going too far. Every song is strong and every song is metal.


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

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...
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