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Sylosis – Conclusion Of An Age

Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD
Released: 2009
Reviewed By: Stingray
Rating: 8/ 10


Sylosis started out just like 95% percent of other bands, just school kids getting together and only wanting to play old skool thrash. Formed in the UK (Reading, Berkshire) in late 2000 by guitarist Josh Middleton, rounding out the current line up; Alex Bailey also on guitar, Jamie Graham at the mic, Carl Parnell on bass, and Rob Callard behind the kit.

 

To quote Josh (lead guitarist) from an interview with About.com: "The foundation of our sound is old school Bay Area Thrash. We don't down tune and we don't play breakdowns. We do like to incorporate lots of different metal styles and textures into our music. We like make all of our songs really epic. We like progressive stuff, brutal stuff and melodic stuff."

Being influenced by 80’s thrash and death metal, they manage to keep a modern metal edge to their debut album; "Conclusion Of An Age". There is a definitely a Testament feel, but at the same time, they don’t copy or rip them off. Lyrically, the majority of the twelve tracks deal with the end of life as we know it and the end of the human race. Sylosis do a great job of mixing it up with strong heavy riffs, and slowing down just a tad for the melodic parts, making the songs mesh together nicely. Proving that the guys actually know what they are doing and know how to play. The variety is within the songs themselves and not with the individual tracks. The only bad thing about that is, songs do run into each other.

Whatever you want to call it, thrash, death, metalcore, or prog metal, overall, this is an awesome metal album. Along with the title track, other favorites include ‘The Blackest Skyline’ and ‘Stained Humanity’.

 
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