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Sylosis live at Sonisphere Festival 2010
Sylosis live at Sonisphere Festival 2010
Background information
OriginReading, Berkshire, England
GenresThrash metal,[1] progressive metal,[1] melodic death metal,[1] metalcore (early)
Years active2000–2016, 2019–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Associated actsArchitects, Bleed from Within
MembersJosh Middleton
Conor Marshall
Ali Richardson
Alex Bailey
Past membersCarl Parnell
Jamie Graham
Dave Anderson
Ben Hollyer
Dan Peirce
Glen Chamberlain
Richard Zananiri
Gurneet Ahluwalia
Rob Callard
Chris Steele
Jay Colios-Terry

Sylosis are a British heavy metal band from Reading, Berkshire, England. Signed to Nuclear Blast Records, the band has released five studio albums, a live album, two EPs and eight music videos. Their fifth album Cycle of Suffering was released on 7 February 2020.


Formation and Conclusion of an Age (2000–2009)[edit]

Sylosis was formed in 2000 by guitarist Josh Middleton and bassist Carl Parnell who began playing extreme metal with other friends from school.[2] Sylosis released a couple of EPs; 2006's Casting Shadows and 2007's The Supreme Oppressor in the UK on a small indie label, In at the Deep End Records. In December 2007 Sylosis signed with Nuclear Blast Records, and they released their debut album Conclusion of an Age in October 2008.[2]

On the style of their debut album, Conclusion of an Age, 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."[3] After recording their debut studio 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.[citation needed]

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 was 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.[citation needed]

Edge of the Earth, Monolith and RV Accident (2010–2013)[edit]

Sylosis replaced Rise to Remain during the UK leg of As I Lay Dying's European tour in 2010. 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.[4] Since January 2013 the band have headlined a UK tour as well featuring on the Soundwave Festival in Australia. They also carried out a tour with the bands Hellyeah, In Flames and, headliner Lamb of God in late 2012. The band had 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.[5]

On 25 September, the members of Sylosis were involved in an RV accident, the injuries from which resulted in the withdrawal of their shows supporting Trivium and DevilDriver.[6]

Dormant Heart, departure of Rob Callard, and hiatus (2014–2016)[edit]

After the members of Sylosis had recovered from their respective injuries, they embarked on a tour of the UK and Europe as main support to DevilDriver with Bleed from Within. On this tour Sylosis drummer Rob Callard was unable to play on the tour due to other commitments. Ali Richardson, drummer of Bleed From Within, filled in for the remainder of the tour.

In late September 2014 it was announced that Rob Callard was stepping down as drummer of Sylosis after nine years of playing in the band. His replacement was announced at the same time, in the form of Ali Richardson. Richardson's relationship with Sylosis was started on the DevilDriver tour earlier in the year.[citation needed]

At the start of October 2014, Sylosis announced details of their fourth album Dormant Heart, which was released on 12 January 2015 through Nuclear Blast Records.

During the second half of May 2015, Sylosis started a European tour with the band Wovenwar. They also played at several festivals over the summer, such as Graspop Metal Meeting and Hellfest among others.

In October 2016, Sylosis announced that they would be going on hiatus as frontman Josh Middleton would be filling in for the British metalcore band Architects on guitar due to the passing of their guitarist Tom Searle, who was also a close friend of Middleton's. After 11 months of touring with Architects, it was announced that Middleton would be joining Architects as an official member, stating he would still remain in Sylosis.

Return and Cycle of Suffering (2019–present)[edit]

In a March 2019 interview, Middleton confirmed that the band remains a going concern and that he intends to release a new Sylosis album in 2019.[7]

On December 5, 2019, Nuclear Blast revealed the pre-order for an apparent new record titled Cycle of Suffering, to be released on February 14, 2020.[8] A day later, the band announced they had returned from their hiatus and confirmed that the new album would be released on February 7, 2020.[9]

This was followed by the first single release and music video from the album, titled "I Sever".

In promotion of the album, the band supported Trivium on their "A Light or a Distant Mirror" live concert. This particular concert was held at Full Sail University and streamed online. The concert did not have a live audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

Band members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]


Live albums[edit]


  • "Slings and Arrows" (Digital release, 2012)
  • "Different Masks on the Same Face" (Digital release, 2016)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Teras" (2008)[11]
  • "After Lifeless Years" (2009)[12]
  • "Empyreal" (2011)[13]
  • "A Serpent's Tongue" (2011)[14]
  • "Fear the World" (2012)[15]
  • "Mercy" (2014)[16]
  • "Leech" (2015)[17]
  • "Servitude" (2015)[18]
  • "I Sever" (2019)[19]
  • "Calcified" (2020)[20]
  • "Cycle Of Suffering" (2020)


  1. ^ a b c "SYLOSIS - Dormant heart - Nuclear Blast". Nuclear Blast Records. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SYLOSIS GUITARIST JOSH MIDDLETON - MetalSucks". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Best Amon Amarth Albums". Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  4. ^ Sylosis: New Album Details Revealed 22 June 2012. Retrieved on 23 June 2012.
  5. ^ MetalSucks. "Exclusive Full-Album Stream: Sylosis' Monolith". MetalSucks. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Sylosis Frontman Offers Update on Band's RV Crash Injuries". 26 September 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  7. ^ "The Captain Meets Josh Middleton (Architects/Sylosis)" – via
  8. ^ "Sylosis: New Album Coming in February?". MetalSucks. 5 December 2019.
  9. ^ Hartmann, Graham. "Sylosis Announce First Album in Five Years, Unleash New Song". Loudwire.
  10. ^ "Trivium return to concert stage next month for live streamed show". Loudwire. Chad Childers. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  11. ^ "SYLOSIS - Teras (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "SYLOSIS - After Lifeless Years (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "SYLOSIS - Empyreal (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Sylosis - A Serpent's Tongue (HD)" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "SYLOSIS - Fear The World (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "SYLOSIS - Mercy (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ "Sylosis - Leech (Official Music Video)" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "SYLOSIS - Servitude (OFFICIAL VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  19. ^ "SYLOSIS - I Sever (OFFICIAL VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "SYLOSIS - Calcified (OFFICIAL VIDEO)" – via YouTube.

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