Samstag, 28. Mai 2011

Review - Sylosis - Edge of the Earth

Sylosis
 

Cover



Tracklist
1.     Procession
2.     Sands of Time
3.     Empyreal
4.     Empyreal (Part 2)
5.     A Serpent’s Tongue
6.     Awakening
7.     Kindgom of Solitude
8.     Where the Sky Ends
9.     Dystopia
10.  Apparitions
11.  Altered States of Consciousness
12.  Beyond the Resurrected
13.  Eclipsed
14.  From the Edge of the Earth
 


English thrashers Sylosis have had a pretty wild career so far. A Deal with Nuclear Blast with their record „Conclusion of an Age“ had them tour Europe with The Black Dahlia Murder. They even hit up India. The reviews for „Conclusion of an Age“ ranged from „pretty good“ to „very good“ to „excellent“.
Things could only get better for them.
But then black clouds surfaced. Their singer Jamie Graham quit. Fans didn’t know how Sylosis would carry on.
This record erases all doubts.

Lead guitarist Josh Middleton is now handling vocal duties  next to his job as main songwriter and mastermind. Listening to this record, you can really sense his influences.

Mean death-thrashers like „Empyreal“, „Sands of time“, „Altered States of Consciousness“ and „Beyond the Resurrected“ remember me of Death and Testament.

But then you have songs like „Where the Sky Ends“, „Appartiions“, „Eclipsed“, „Dystopia“ and „From the Edge of the Earth“ incorporating connotations to Rush, Dream Theater and Mastodon. The melodic, melancholy proggy-aspects, incorporating acoustic and piano patterns really add to the diversity of the record.

As an old music-connaisseur, you can already tell that the technical level of the record is simply phenomenal. The good thing is though, that Sylosis always put the main focus on the song itself, instead of simply showing-off their skills.

Now a lot of fans were criticizing Josh’s vocals. But in my opinion, he adds a little more of a Rock ‚n’ Roll vibe to the record. His vocals aren’t really growled, as they are low-pitched, very intense screams. Mixing those vocals together with the more traditional guitar tone and non-triggered drums, the record sounds very organic. Which definitely is a plus.

The only thing one could get nitpicky about is the length of the record. 72 minutes are definitely a challenge to the listener. But it’s a challenge I highly recommend accepting.

Tracklist:

1.     Procession
2.     Sands of Time
3.     Empyreal
4.     Empyreal (Part 2)
5.     A Serpent’s Tongue
6.     Awakening
7.     Kindgom of Solitude
8.     Where the Sky Ends
9.     Dystopia
10.  Apparitions
11.  Altered States of Consciousness
12.  Beyond the Resurrected
13.  Eclipsed
14.  From the Edge of the Earth

Video for „Empyreal“





Making of the record




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