On 31 March 2012, Sylosis released a teaser on YouTube simply entitled Sylosis III which featured clips of the band performing in a studio. Later, it was revealed that Sylosis had indeed started work on their third studio album just over a year after the release of Edge of the Earth. Sylosis continued to tease the release of the new album by posting another video on YouTube, it was revealed in the video that the band were recording the new album at the Monnow Valley Studio in Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales.
On 7 August 2012, Sylosis provided free download of "A Dying Vine" via their website, and their song 'Born Anew' was first played on "Rock Show with Daniel P Carter" on Radio 1. As of 2 October 2012, the album was streamed on MetalSucks in its entirety. As part of the promotion of the album and to celebrate its release, Sylosis played a hometown show in Reading, UK on 7 October where fans could purchase a copy of the album a day prior to its official release as well as perform a few of the songs from the new album live. On 3 December, the music video for "Fear the World" was released.
Whatever else they may yet have to prove, Britain's Sylosis have convinced everyone of their prolific songwriting tendencies, tarrying barely 18 months between the release of their sophomore Edge of the Earth and third album, Monolith, in late 2012 (with a live set snuck in between, for good measure). A concept album, no less, based on the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this most ambitious new endeavor arguably tests the band's mettle like never before, and the wide-ranging talents of vocalist, lead guitarist, chief songwriter, and recording producer Josh Middleton in particular, though his supporting cast members guitarist Alex Bailey, bassist Carl Parnell, and drummer Rob Callard are obviously no slouches either. Together, Sylosis quickly confirm that their steel-toed sh*t-kickers remain firmly affixed to the modern thrash metal bedrock laid down for them by everyone from Arch Enemy to Trivium (and showcased on their first few release already), with the option to launch notable tunes such as "Fear the World" and "Paradox" toward orbiting metallic satellites (especially prog and death metal) whenever their increasingly erudite and emotional subject matter demands it. Additional numbers like "Behind the Sun," "The River," and "Born Anew" juggle metalcore-style breakdowns and vocals both sung and barked, along with ample melodic guitar breaks, sporadic softer dynamics, and endless tempo changes that contribute a little something to the overall musical variety on hand -- thus making the average five- to six-minute songs contained here not seem nearly as long. Saying the same about the album's final 20-minute epic, "Enshrined," is a little more challenging (imagine Machine Head's bloated but mostly worthy material of late, only interrupted with several snatches of silence), but Sylosis can probably be given a pass in light of the strong material that preceded it. In sum, Monolith, above all else, is a strong endorsement of Sylosis' fearless daring, followed closely by their ability to create memorable, technical, and accessible heavy metal out of not always faultless modern metalcore and thrash influences.
"The idea for the concept was very loosely inspired by the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. 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.
Artist: SylosisAlbum: MonolithRecord Label: Nuclear BlastRelease Date: 8th October 2012For Fans Of: Opeth, Trivium, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, Dark Tranquility, Modern Thrash
Sylosis is a British Heavy Metal band formed in Reading, Berkshire. It was formed by guitarist Josh Middleton in 2000. They went through many lineup changes with little success due to a lack of an underground metal scene, only doing a few gigs and releasing an EP. The band's big break came in 2007, where they were signed by Nuclear Blast. Their critically acclaimed debut album Conclusion of an Age was released a year later. In 2010, their vocalist Jamie Graham parted with the band. Their sophomore album, Edge of the Earth featured Josh Middleton taking the helm as the band's lead vocalist along with guitar. Their third album Monolith was released a little over a year later in 2012, and Dormant Heart in early 2015. 2b1af7f3a8