Sylosis
Monolith


4.5
superb

Review

by matt1148 USER (5 Reviews)
October 17th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: British hopefuls return only a year later with another stunning album but steering it in a slightly different direction.

So let’s get one thing out of the way to begin with, I’m a massive Sylosis fan they have proved to be a jewel in the British metal crown. I have a basic checklist for any good metal band first and foremost tasty riffs to head-bang to, secondly songs that you remember many years down the line and last on the list they need to be as good live as they are on the album. Now this band delivers them in spades and this is a massively clichéd saying but they have matured even more on album number three if that is even possible.

Upon first hearing ‘Conclusion of an age’ a few years ago I knew these guys were doing something different, mixing genres now I know some ocd type people aren’t too keen on this but these guys nailed it with their precise playing and original lyrics. The only thing I found that held their debut back was Jamie’s vocals in places sometimes they grated a bit but this is only a minor thing and not massively important. Second album blew me away I could go on forever about ‘Edge of the Earth’ but I’m not let’s just say I think I wore the CD down from so much playing.

With third album ‘Monolith’ the guys from Reading have a doom and gloom vibe throughout the 72 minutes runtime. Don’t get me wrong this is still most definitely a Sylosis album with tons of melodic moments to admire something they have always been great at. A perfect example of this would be the epic first song ‘Out From Below’ some may think at first that the band have lost their heavy side but then the thrash riffs and kick-ass drumming come into play in a similar vein to last year’s opener ‘Procession’ well played lads it definitely got my attention immediately even if the rest of the album took a while to grow on me.

I beg of you to stick at it because it’s well worth the listen and your hard earned cash. The rest of the album has a brilliant mix of thrash classics such as ‘Paradox’ and ‘A Dying Vine’ and some more progressive moments such as closing song ‘Enshrined’. As always the death metal style screams of front-man Josh Middleton are abundant but well suited to the style of music. There’s even some cleaner vocal moments perfectly spaced out and Josh does a great job at injecting all his emotion into these bits.

Overall this is a very satisfying and atmospheric piece of thrash/death metal with some of the most complex songs these boys have ever written. While it’s hard for me to say if this is their best album to date it’s certainly the most mature (sorry about the cliché) in the discography and the producer Romesh Dodangoda certainly needs a round of applause as the quality is brilliant. I can only hope that Sylosis keep going from strength to strength and this is one happy fan, catch them live as it’s an experience your not likely to forget anytime soon.


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matt1148
October 16th 2012


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first review of anything ever so please don't tear me a new one, some friendly advice would be great thanks.

KILL
October 16th 2012


71962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

listen to better music idk

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

bloc
October 16th 2012


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice work. A few more listens and I might say this rivals Conclusion Of An Age.

ViperAces
October 16th 2012


12466 Comments


"... catch them live as it’s an experience your not likely to forget anytime soon."
Lol, thats true.

KILL
October 16th 2012


71962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

seein these dudes in a couple of months

thrash lives

DeadBeat
October 16th 2012


529 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Whoever made the tracklist has a nice sense of humour

matt1148
October 16th 2012


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers bloc the debut is pretty hard to beat the vocals are more along the lines of metalcore in that one I find so the albums are quite different, and Kill are you serious?

apert
October 16th 2012


3040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KILL have you actually listened to this yet? i can see you giving it a 2.5

KILL
October 16th 2012


71962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

nah not yet, too busy jammin king crimson atm

Spec
October 16th 2012


27190 Comments


shut up

NeoSpaz
October 16th 2012


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol kill and his crusade for Sylosis

KjSwantko
October 17th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Track 10 on this review haha

YUJOS
October 17th 2012


941 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Best song ever!! Hhahahaaaa

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

BigPleb
October 17th 2012


37221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album is great

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io

matt1148
October 17th 2012


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I only just noticed the song 10 title lol, how do I change that?

JokineAugustus
October 18th 2012


6232 Comments


Sounds to similar to their last.

Digging: Harkonen - Harkonen

Dongen
October 20th 2012


3 Comments


Definitely a great band live, seen em twice. Really down to earth as well. Try to go to one of their shows, they will most likely ace the show.

sonofman7
October 20th 2012


60 Comments


you shouldn't have to beg me to listen to this over and over. However, I will say that Edge of the Earth is great. Really liked that one. Haven't listened to the first album entirely yet, but I'm iffy on this one.

NeoSpaz
October 21st 2012


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yuh

matt1148
October 22nd 2012


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

After repeated listens this probably was a bit to biased for a first review but I stick by the score which is the same as their debut. Speaking of Conclusion of an age that one left more of a lasting impact on my musical taste therefore it's yet to be beaten, it certainly has the most standout tracks of their career imo.



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