Sep 03, 2012 | Comments 0
Guitarist/Vocalist Josh Middleton says: “Monolith is the best representation of us as a band in terms of our diverse influences, and stylistically it’s what we’ve always been aiming for. A mixture of thrash, big doomy riffs and dark atmospherics and ambience.”
“The idea for the concept was very loosely inspired by the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice,” continued Middleton. “It’s quite far-fetched but it’s about this guy who loses his wife and tries to bring her back from underworld. This giant monolith starts to grow out of her tomb. The most prevalent theme beneath it all is sort of accepting that you might not be as nice a person as you once thought. It sounds really cheesy but everyone has a darker side to their personality in terms of being selfish, manipulative or dishonest.”
In 2008, an uknown quartet from Reading, England released their debut album “Conclusion Of An Age” via Nuclear Blast Records, and made an instant impact on the European metal Scene. Sylosis blend modern thrash and traditional prog elements to create their own unique brutal sound. The band took this on the road with such bands as In Flames, As I Lay Dying, Lamb Of God and Fear Factory and festival appearances at the likes of Download, Wacken and Sonisphere.
High expectations were looming for the eagerly anticipated new material, and it kicked off to a great start when they entered the legendary Monnow Valley Studios (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush) in Monmouth, Wales. Also this time teaming up with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Funeral For A Friend)
The outcome of those sessions produced the album “Monolith” which is an outstanding piece of work. 2012 looks to be an exciting year for Sylosis. Not only with the release of “Monolith” but with a full European tour opening for Devin Townsend and Fear Factory this December.
Sylosis are: Josh Middleton (Vocals, guitars), Alex Bailey (Guitars), Carl Parnell (Bass) and Rob Callard (Drums).
Sylosis are embarking on a European tour with Devin Townsend and Fear Factory. The UK’ dates for December are:
Thur 13th Dec Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (Devin Townsend & Fear Factory)
Sat 15th Dec HMV Ritz, Manchester (Devin Townsend & Fear Factory)
Sun 16th Dec O2 Academy, Bristol (Devin Townsend & Fear Factory)
Mon 17th Dec Mo’Club, Southampton (Devin Townsend & Fear Factory)
The new album “Monolith” is out on the 5th October 2012 through Nuclear Blast records.