Sylosis Confirm New Album, Debut First Single, “I Sever”
The rumor is true: after five years, Sylosis will at last release a new album, Cycle of Suffering, on February 14. Mastermind Josh Middleton not only produced and mixed the album, but he also supplied the painting which adorns its cover as well. What a renaissance man!
Of course, for those of us who have waited so patiently for half a decade for new Sylosis, the question isn’t “How is the album art?” — it’s “How’s the music?”! Well, I’ll say this: the first single, “I Sever,” is certainly a goddamn rager. It’s exactly the kind of high octane modern melodeathrash that made us fall in love with this band in the first place, and the chorus is this super-heavy sputtering monster that’s just, mwah!, perfect. There’s a ridiculously cool guitar solo. And there’s a moment around the 2:12 mark where everything but the guitar drops out, just for a second, that’s like a punch in the gut (in a good way). Maybe it’s weird to point out such a tiny little grace note, but hey, you gotta appreciate the small things in life, right?
Check out “I Sever” via the below music video. As a bonus, the track marks the debut of the band’s new bassist, Conor Marshall, who replaces Carl Parnell for unspecified reasons.
UK fans, take note: Sylosis will play their first show in four years (!!!) on February 13 at Islington Assembly Hall. Should be a par-TEE!