Sylosis
Monolith


4.0
excellent

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
October 15th, 2012 | 294 replies | 21,221 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sylosis offer an extremely potent brand of metal, consisting of aggressive thrash/death metal backed by melodic guitar work and a knack for creativity.

15 of 16 thought this review was well written

Genres such as thrash and death metal are for the most part predictable and repetitive, with modern acts often copying their influences, rarely adding anything new to the two genres. Bands such as Exodus, Death, and Slayer are far too often emulated by so-called revivalist acts that rarely live up to the bands they are copying. Sylosis on the other hand, stand out from the pack. While there is a lot of standard issue death/thrash metal going on, they also have their own creative spin on their music.

At first glance, it would seem that has Sylosis taken up a very standard heavy and aggressive approach to songwriting, with fast drumming, masterful guitar work, and intense vocals. The riffing is varied and effectively memorable, with each riff expertly executed with little repetition. The drumming is also a strong asset to this band’s musical output, keeping the tempo decidedly fast, and at the same time adding its own creative input to the album. The vocals on the other hand, are another thing entirely. Sylosis vocalist Josh Middleton’s delivery is very much a stereotypical affair, consisting of brutal sounding shouts and low growls that add to the intensity and angry feel the band is trying to exert, but this method of vocalizing is not very original and is certainly an acquired taste few will enjoy. While Sylosis has all the normal elements of the genres they play, the band also presents a unique aspect that makes their music truly different.

While the band does play very aggressive death/thrash metal, they have another side to their music entirely. At certain points in the album, the music may occasionally slow down and become more melodic, which certainly gives the album a more varied feel and increases this albums lasting appeal. Several carefully placed tempo changes, melodically creative guitar work, and an eerie atmospheric ambiance that will make you day dream save this album from sounding like just another average band. In fact, these tempo changes and melodic offerings have led some to tag this album with the progressive label, but that is for you to decide. However, one thing is for certain, while so many other bands find one comfortable sound and stick with it, Sylosis mix it up, experimenting with their sound and trying new things, making for a fresh and memorable listen, and while they do play thrash and death metal, their music sounds very modern and accessible for the modern metal head.

The tracks flow together seamlessly, so there is never a dull moment. The album’s production is also adequate, with the band getting the most out of their sound, although the bass could stand to be a bit more audible at times. Sylosis are also known for their long songs, and this album only continues the band’s trend of putting forth long and jam packed tracks, with the record clocking in at a whopping seventy-two minutes. However, there is much to be said for the band’s ability to hold the listener’s attention despite the album length, as each song has something to like, and the tracks never become boring and stale.

While certainly not a perfect outing, this is an album worthy of a listen from anyone who enjoys death metal or thrash. This albums combines the two together and puts a melodic spin on it like no other album I have heard this year, and that makes this record particularly special. The vocals are an acquired taste, but even someone who doesn't like this method of vocalizing will find something to like in the expertly done instrumentals. While so many other bands would rather look to the past, bands like Sylosis experiment and raise the bar for modern metal.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Fear The World
- What Dwells Within
- Behind The Sun
- Monolith



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThrashTillDeath94
October 15th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Here are a couple tracks from the album:

Fear The World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuAZ4GaqdgY

What Dwells Within
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydCg1TTzKJs


As a side note, this is not my usual preferred brand of metal, and I don't really care for the
vocals, but man those instrumentals are infectious.

Calc
October 15th 2012



11965 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

finally someone reviews this...by the way isn't there an entire stream of the album out?

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ThrashTillDeath94
October 15th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Found the link to the stream, and it said the stream is no longer available.



Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2012



8317 Comments


Good review, looking forward to hearing this.

TheNotrap
October 15th 2012



7978 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"While so many other bands would rather look to the past, bands like Sylosis experiment and raise the bar for modern metal."
Agreed.

Album's pretty solid.

Good work man, have a pos. I hope this gets featured.

ThrashTillDeath94
October 15th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks again for reading man

TheMoreira
October 15th 2012



6778 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wish you had highlighted some tracks. Pos'd, great work. This should really get featured

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ThrashTillDeath94
October 15th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Added my favorite tracks at the bottom of the review. Nice Suggestion.

Lambda
October 15th 2012



2409 Comments


lol @ track 10 "Born Gay"

I think that's supposed to be Born Anew....

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ViperAces
October 15th 2012



12375 Comments


KILL?

ThrashTillDeath94
October 15th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Most likely lol

south_of_heaven 11
October 15th 2012



5433 Comments


Listened to the two tracks you posted links for. Sounds better than anything off of EotE, I'll give it that.

With that being said, both tracks didn't reach anything above mediocrity IMO.

ViperAces
October 15th 2012



12375 Comments


Grant shouldnt you 4.5 by now.

apert
October 15th 2012



2972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is good and doesn't deserve all the hate

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BlackLlama
October 15th 2012



1610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've never seen the reason for all the Sputnik hate on this band. This one is still growing on me, for right now I have it at 3.5

The vocals at some points remind me of Trendkill era Pantera (that's a good thing for me :D)

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Tyrael
October 15th 2012



20725 Comments


sweet

suppersready
October 15th 2012



61 Comments


Did the band get rid of their metalcore element?

YankeeDudel
October 15th 2012



9305 Comments


yay im unbanned let us rejoice

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apert
October 15th 2012



2972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah that pretty much went on the 2nd album

KILL
October 15th 2012



70543 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

nice review

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