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Those promising young destroyers of worlds. - 70%

Crank_It_Up_To_666, March 23rd, 2015
Written based on this version: 2012, CD, Nuclear Blast

In 2008, Sylosis promised to deliver the very world itself – razed to the ground and on fire everywhere – not with an album, but with an album cover. Heavy metal art has, at a conservative estimate, depicted about two million variations upon the apocalypse (pre- and post- included), but take another look at the cover of ‘The Supreme Oppressor’ and just try to deny that that magnificent image of seraphic destruction doesn’t stand apart from the glut. This band has been aiming to sound as gargantuan as that image suggested ever since.

Granted, a campaign of planet-wide razing and wanton arson takes some time, but it’s taken the band four years to really live up to the promise. The subsequent full lengths, particularly the powerful ‘Edge of the Earth’ all stretched for a goal they couldn’t quite catch, but with ‘Monolith’, Sylosis have finally got their developing thrash antics matured and successfully married to their love for sweeping scope.

‘Monolith’ is not a particularly textured record (at least not in the way of their greatest influence, Devin Townsend), and could really benefit from bringing those faint synthesizer strains a bit further forward in the mix, but it is an album that handles a sense of mood beautifully, shifting from soaring to snarling with absolute confidence and ease. For those who are in it simply for the snarling part, this is the best Sylosis have ever been as a modern thrash band; they’re not the fastest players in the world, but riffs pile upon each other with gleeful abandon and simply pitch perfect aggression. Monolithic stuff indeed.

{Originally published: Soundshock Webzine 14/10/2012}