is an example of a band that's been around for quite a long time - 11 years - but only in 2008 they released their debut album. And
since then, one could realize that this not-so-amateur amateur band already had the potential to be one of the bands in modern Metal
- more specifically modern Thrash Metal
- that we should should keep an eye on.
Since the previous "Conclusion of an Age", that critics and fans were surprised with the record's quality, even more since it was a debut album. It had a beautiful mixture of Thrash Metal
and Melodic Death Metal
, with a little Metalcore and all that mixture being "watered" by Progressive. And
after that album it happened like it does to every band, the pressure of the second album falls upon them. Adding to that, they lose their vocalist Jamie Graham. So, guitarist Josh Middleton just jumps to the front and works the vocal part beside his usual guitar. To some, that already is a reason for this album "Edge of the Earth
" to be considered inferior than the previous one, becuase of the new voice sounding strange to them. But it's not a very plausible reason, due to the unique quality and excellent progression that is found in this record.
They keep a similar formula to the previous record, taking away a bit of the Metalcore part, to make sure that they stablish themselves with their own style and a singular sound. That
Thrash approach - a little bit Bay Area
old school style also with a little of modern Thrash Metal
- with some Swedish-style Melo-Death
, building up songs with a Progressive Metal
structure makes the respect for Sylosis
increase, in a way one can even declare that this record is an example of how modern Extreme Metal
is supposed to sound. Like I read in another review to this record once, what some of the more recent heavy bands, - the one that wrote the article I read used Trivium
as an example - Sylosis
are doing it in its perfection and how it is supposed to be done.
It's a long record, so it's a bit difficult to absorb at its first listening, but we immediately feel the impact of the riffs, the powerful vocals, all the technical instrumentalization - without exaggerating -, and even with loudness and power reigning, one can still take some interesting melodies from here. Enough to make us want to hear it again and eventually be able to retain the record in the mind properly and recognize each song by itself.
Some "anthems" to highlight can be the opening track "Procession
", the promo single "Empyreal", instrumental "Where the Sky Ends", or the ending track "From the Edge of the Earth
", longest track on the record. But in general, for anyone who likes any kind of Extreme Metal
, this is a CD worth to listen and Sylosis
is a band whose future is worth to follow.
Original article written in Portuguese on my blog.
So, sorry if it sounds a bit cheesey sometimes in the text, it sounded better in Portuguese.