Early next month dawns the arrival of two things. One of Britain’s’ leading metal bands will release their first album in nearly five years. Secondly, that very same band will start touring that new album just six days after it has been unleashed unto the world.
Sylosis is back with their long-awaited fifth studio album Cycle of Suffering, their first studio album in five years. Of course there is good reason for the lengthy gap between the bands performances together, as front man Josh Middleton filled in after Architects guitarist Tom Searle’s unfortunate passing and not long after, Middleton became a permanent member of Architects.
Cycle of Suffering delivers to it’s eagerly awaited fans twelve new tracks, opening with quite an unapologetically jarring song ‘Empty Prophets’. This first song immediately forces you sit up and pay attention. The intro opens wide with big drums and volcanic riffs that do not cease for the whole song with sprinklings of melody breaks and a short yet beautiful guitar solo.
Recovered yet? Good because here comes the second track of the album, ‘I Server’. Twenty-three seconds in a neck aching chugging of guitars begin, which return for the chorus. You won’t be able to help yourself but to rock your head back and forth like the puppet you are, champing at the bit. Nearing the end of the track, things slow down with a piano playing softly until the song is finished.
With that said, I’m not sure if this album pushes any boundaries or that it will create a ripple affect throughout the metal industry [not that it had any expectations to of course]. I often feel that the style harpers back to the late 2000’s, an older style of thrash metal. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, I just haven’t fallen deeply in love with the album yet, where as I instantly did with Conclusion of an Age. Perhaps I’m in the minority, maybe in time it will grow on me. Maybe I’ve waited for a new album for so long and with such a high level of expectations that I’ve ruined it for myself. Don’t get me wrong, it’s in absolutely no way bad album but for me, personally, I’m struggling to fall in love with it.
Cycle of Suffering will be released on 7th February via Nuclear Blast Records with a UK tour starting on the 13th, beginning in the Islington Assembly Hall, London.