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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

Simply amazing

For a year with metal sounding unoriginal at times, sylosis shines like a beacon to those who miss the metal that spawned the acts of today... The musical passages are deep, the emotional vocal prowess of josh effectively shows on enshrined... This album is a must for thrash seekers and guitar salavators!!!

Music is hot but,

Sooner or later a band this good is going to have to part from the status quo of vocal deep throat screaming that sounds like every other hard band out there right now. Give the vocals some originality with music this good and you'll have the next blockbuster band.

What a treat

This band has blessed us with some musical excellence. Enjoy.

Biography

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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