Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth review
|Album:||Edge Of The Earth|
|Release date:||March 2011|
02. Sands Of Time
03. Empyreal (Part 1)
04. Empyreal (Part 2)
05. A Serpent's Tongue
07. Kingdom Of Solitude
08. Where The Sky Ends
11. Altered States Of Consciousness
12. Beyond The Resurrected
14. From The Edge Of The Earth
15. Earth's Dust [iTunes bonus]
It constantly amazes me that so many people in the metal community bash the genre of metalcore. It is understandable that certain groups can attain a bad image for the genre with more breakdowns than a vintage Chevy, vocals that could rival the majesty of a castrated cat and a general "what the fuck are they doing" sense of artistic direction leading many to stereotype metalcore as the black sheep of modern metal. But maybe, thanks to this very band, that might change for good.
Sylosis' Edge of the Earth combines the powerful embrace of melodic death metal, crunch of thrash metal and punk-laced breakdowns of metalcore into a great example of extreme metal few could resist to sink their claws into. The amount of great riffs leads you to lose count and the technical wizardry is the best you'll hear this side to a Jeff Loomis fan club. Drum and bass-playing is equally exceptional, adding a large layer of aggression from which this LP flows at a smooth rate. Vocals are very nice and natural; adding strain and requiring more effort to keep with the extremity, something preferable over guys who can strike a high-note but lean towards a more apathetic approach. Core screams aren't over-used as well.
These Brits thankfully have just as high-standard a song-writing ability as their instrumental playing. The three genres combine like the Tri-Force to tell us of more down-to-earth yet serious topics such as being stuck in apathy while engaging in redundant routines. Your typical virtuosic guitar playing can be heard throughout allowing for more melodic passages while the instrumental count is surprisingly low. It's the shifts between melodic and extreme metal that's impressive however: never feeling forced or added in for shits and giggles. Solos are not just mindless shredding and riffs range dramatically through the album. Production-wise it's pretty standard; nothing too fancy but the job is done.
A downside of this LP though is the run-time. It's 14 tracks and 72 minutes long and with genres like thrash it requires a few emergency supplies to be taken into account (water, food, accommodation etc.). That wouldn't matter too much if it could keep one interested but by the last few my enthusiasm was waning considerably. As individual songs though they're beyond good.
Fresh, original and bursting with youthful energy, Sylosis is one of a sizable amount of groups that shows the good points of metalcore while basing their sound off of more traditional genres. It's not perfect but nevertheless it was one of 2011's strongest LPs and for such a great year that's bound to be worth something.
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