Sylosis live at Sonisphere 2010.
|Origin||Reading, Berkshire, England|
melodic death metal, progressive metal
|Labels||Nuclear Blast, In at the Deep End|
|Associated acts||Viatrophy, Exit Ten, Heart of a Coward|
|Past members||Jamie Graham
Formation and Conclusion of an Age (2000–2009)
Sylosis was formed in 2000 by original member Josh Middleton when he was 15. Over the years they went through various lineup changes, playing only a few gigs due to the members being unable to drive and being in school and also due to the fact that there was no underground metal scene at the time. Sylosis released a couple of EPs in the UK on a small indie label, In at the Deep End Records. In December 2007 Sylosis signed with Nuclear Blast, and they released their debut album in October 2008.
On the style of their debut album, Conclusion of an Age, lead guitarist Josh Middleton remarked, "The foundation of our sound is old school Bay Area thrash. We don't downtune 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." After recording their debut album, guitarist Gurneet Ahluwalia was replaced by ex-Viatrophy guitarist Alex Bailey, ready for the early 2009 European tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage and Psycroptic.
Sylosis were one of the opening acts on the Tuborg (third) stage at Download Festival held at Castle Donington, along with appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and an opening slot on the Bohemia stage at Sonisphere Festival. A UK headline tour has been announced for October/November 2009, but was cancelled as the band were offered an opening slot on the Dragonforce UK tour in November/December 2009.
In May 2010, Sylosis parted ways with singer Jamie Graham; Middleton took on vocal duties.
2010 Tours (2010)
At the beginning of 2010, Sylosis were announced as the main support for Fear Factory's European comeback tour. The October File also took part in this tour. The tour ran through the middle of February taking in several stops before finishing with a show at The Camden Town Electric Ballroom in London. The band are following up the Fear Factory tour with a headlining tour across the UK throughout late February and early March playing venues all across the country. Sylosis guitarist Josh Middleton also stated in an interview with rocksins.com just before Christmas 2009 that the band would like to be playing the summer festival circuit in 2010. Notably, Sylosis will be performing in Avalanche, the rock show of Moksha, the annual cultural festival of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) in New Delhi, India on 27 March 2010. On 8 August 2010 they played at the Hevy Music Festival held near Folkestone, Kent. They announced that their 2nd album is due out next year, and played 2 new songs: "Sands Of Time" and "Altered States". "Altered States" was later renamed to "Altered States Of Consciousness".
Sylosis replaced Rise to Remain during the UK leg of As I Lay Dying's European tour in 2010.
Edge of the Earth, Monolith and recent events (2010-present)
Sylosis entered the studio in 2010 to record their second full-length studio album, entitled Edge of the Earth; it was released in March 2011.
They recorded a third studio album titled Monolith with Romesh Dodangoda in Wales at Monnow Valley Studio. Monolith was released on 5 October 2012 in Germany, 8 October 2012 in UK & Europe, 9 October 2012 in USA, and 10 October 2012 in Japan via Nuclear Blast Records. Sylosis were originally slated to go on tour with Devin Townsend and Fear Factory on the Epic Industrialist tour but announced via their Facebook page that due to their own touring commitments that they had to cancel their appearance on that tour. It was announced two days later that Sylosis had been asked by Lamb of God to go on their US tour starting on 30 October in Phoenix, Arizona and will run through till 16 December. To celebrate the release of their 3rd studio album Monolith Sylosis played an album release party in their home town of Reading where the album was available a day before its official release date. On October 2 Sylosis made the entire album available for streaming for a limited time. Since January, 2013 the band have had a high profile touring schedule completing a successful UK headline tour as well featuring on the Soundwave Fesitval in Australia. They also carried out a tour with the bands Hellyeah, In Flames and, headliner Lamb of God in late 2012. The band has a main supporting role on a tour with Killswitch Engage in Europe during April and May 2013. Sylosis was announced as the opening band for the Trivium and Devildriver North American co-headline tour with After the Burial as another supporting band. The tour was scheduled for October and November.
On the 25th of September, the members of Sylosis were involved in an RV accident, which resulted in the withdrawal of their shows supporting Trivium and DevilDriver on their upcoming tours, as the crash rendered them too physically unfit to continue touring.
On the 5th of June, 2014, Josh Middleton, the band's front man posted a picture of himself recording vocals onto Facebook, indicating the release of a new Sylosis album sometime in late 2014 or early 2015.
In August 2014 Rob Callard left the band. His final show was Vagos Open Air Festival in Portugal.
- Current members
- Josh Middleton – lead guitar (2000–present), lead vocals (2010–present)
- Carl Parnell – bass guitar
- Alex Bailey – rhythm guitar (2008–present)
- Jamie Graham (Heart of a Coward) – lead vocals
- Rob Callard – drums, percussion
- Chris Steele (Exit Ten) – Drums
- Ben Hollyer (Jor, October File) – Vocals
- Adam Mayes (Viatrophy) – Vocals (fill in for tour)
- Gurneet Ahluwalia (Viatrophy) – Guitar
- Dan Peirce (Viatrophy, Chapters) – Vocals
- Glen Chamberlain – Vocals
- Richard Zananiri – Guitar
- Dave Anderson – Vocals
- Jay Colios-Terry – Drums
- Brandon Ellis (Touring Member)
- Conclusion of an Age (Nuclear Blast, 2008)
- Edge of the Earth (Nuclear Blast, 2011); UK chart peak: No. 139
- Monolith (Nuclear Blast, 2012)
- Sylosis Live At High Voltage (2011)
- Slings And Arrows (Digital release, 2012)
- Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Sylosis biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- "Sylosis: "Monolith"". Nocleansinging.com. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
- Exclusive Interview with Sylosis guitarist Josh Midleton | Metal Sucks
- Describe the sound of Conclusion Of An Age. http://heavymetal.about.com/od/interviews/a/sylosis.htm
- Sylosis part ways with vocalist
- Review of Fear Factory and Sylosis in London, England – February 2010
- Sylosis: New Album Details Revealed blabbermouth.net. 22 June 2012. Retrieved on 23 June 2012.
-  3 September 2012. Retrieved on 3 September 2012.
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