Sylosis
Edge of the Earth


4.5
superb

Review

by GLaDOS USER (4 Reviews)
March 13th, 2011 | 547 replies | 44,012 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A modern thrash classic with all the heart and soul of some of the best Bay Area thrash bands and a refreshing take on the otherwise overdone genre.

21 of 22 thought this review was well written

Reading-based modern thrash outfit Sylosis have always been a rather interesting band. On the one hand they clearly worship the entire Bay Area thrash scene and wear this influence on their sleeves, with bands like Exodus, Testament, Metallica and Anthrax clearly making their mark on the band. But on the other hand they manage to mix these influences with a more modern, unique sound. Where a lot of bands try and update the thrash sound, they end up either sounding like complete ripoffs or they lose the thrash and sound closer to what I'd class as metalcore. But Sylosis have managed to get the balance absolutely perfect, and this new album proves it even more than their last.

The problems I had with the last album have pretty much completely disappeared...the whiney core-ish clean vocals, and the tendency to rely on double kick drums too much, and a worrying seeping through of metalcore elements in the riffs. This time around they have decided not to embrace the mainstream and become like a lot of the other successful bands out there at the moment, but instead to please classic thrash fans without making them chant "RIPOFFS!".

The vocal duties are now handled by lead guitarist Josh Middleton and to be honest I think he greatly improves upon ex frontman Jamie Graham's vocals. Josh's screams are more varied, going from low death metal growls to higher pitched shrieks and they fit so nicely to the music. That and the clean parts are a lot less whiney, and their more sparse placement makes them more of a breath of fresh air than the last time round.

The guitar work is as I expected, not too show-offy but at the same time mightily impressive. The shreds are used sparingly, allowing a much more melodic approach to be taken to the leads. Too many bands these days tend to just shred away without taking the time to let the notes breathe, whereas Sylosis obviously laugh down at those people as they are able to do solos that incorporate both a slower, more melodic approach with a few bursts of fun shredding.

The album opens with "Procession". Immediately an air of Metallica's clean intros comes through, but then suddenly exploding into what can only be described as Bay Area reborn. It truly has captured the sound of thrash without imitating it. I can't even place my finger on what exactly it is about the music that Sylosis are doing different to other bands, it just really does sound rather unique.

The trend to make me smile with riff after riff continues throughout the album, without a single track bringing it down. Usually I find on albums I really enjoy, there may be one or two tracks that aren't as good. But this album definitely had me captured all throughout.

I have seen others state that whilst the album is brilliant, it tends to be a bit too long, clocking in at 78 minutes. Personally I think this is good, as I find a lot of albums these days tend to be shorter than I expected. Plus it isn't simply a case of "quantity over quality", as all of the tracks are simply magnificent.

As far as 2011 releases go, this has most definitely been the best so far. Obviously the year is only just begun, but make sure to include this in your collection. Whether you're a classic thrash fan or more into the modern styles, this album is sure to get you headbanging and finding out when Sylosis are playing live near you.


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KILL (2)
faux thrash...

JM (4)
"Thrash lives on, fresh and evolved"...


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GLaDOS
March 13th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My second review, hope it's alright! ^.^

bloc
March 13th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album is really really impressive

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

EleanorRigby
March 13th 2011



156 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

death to false thrash

EleanorRigby
March 13th 2011



156 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

yes

GhostOvPerdition
March 13th 2011



132 Comments


hmm, i heard one song off of their first but gave up after that. i might give this a shot.

thumbcrusher
March 13th 2011



3586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review of a very promising band

Illusionsx
March 13th 2011



95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hes prob some1s alt


or just a fag

GLaDOS
March 13th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like the thrash evolved idea, it really rings true as it's not a rehash of thrash, nor is it just "a bit thrashy". Thrash evolved. Nice.

EleanorRigby
March 13th 2011



156 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

lol

Oathbreaker
March 13th 2011



1649 Comments


"Sylosis are a forward thinking..."
BAHAHAHAHAHAhAHhAhhahhhh

I just love band descriptions.

TheArkitecht
March 13th 2011



1665 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

saw this band live at the beginning of the month, I was impressed plus I liked Conclusions of An Age so I have high hopes for this aswell.

DurzoBlint
March 13th 2011



1171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

New sylosis, yay!

TBliss
March 13th 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is so, so good

beefshoes
March 13th 2011



2962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is awesome.

Digging: Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X

Arucard
March 13th 2011



575 Comments


Damn, this album is insane. Yes, its pretty generic, yes, it all sounds fairly similar, but by God do they do 'modern trash' well.

So many totally sick songs, and the vocals! Man. The cleans in Eclipsed are soooo gooodd.

Spice
March 13th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The instrumentals on this album have improved so much since the last album but I feel like the old vocalist was little better.

bloc
March 13th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I agree, I like that bark he had. But I'm getting used to the new guy.

EleanorRigby
March 13th 2011



156 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

woof

Arucard
March 14th 2011



575 Comments


He isn't a new singer, they just got Josh to sing as well as play guitar. But you are right, musically the album is a step up.

Apollo
March 14th 2011



10267 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sounds like I need to check this out

GON THRASH HARD



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