Sylosis Front Man Josh Middleton Discusses Heading To The "Edge Of The Earth"
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U.K. death/thrash act Sylosis has gotten back into the ring and is ready for another fight with sophomore full-length album "Edge of the Earth." With loads of technical guitar work, aggressive death vocals, and even a few surprise right-hooks of melodic singing, Sylosis is going for a total knock-out in round two.
Talking on avoiding some of the pitfalls that befall metal bands as their sound progresses, vocalist/guitarist Josh Middleton stated "We definitely didn't feel the 'sophomore slump.' We were really excited and proud when we entered the studio and knew that we'd written a much better album. It's heavier, more thrash and old school yet at the same time bringing in some more mature progressive elements."
Josh also discusses playing the Sonisphere festival, hitting the road with Cavalera Conspiracy, and the album's concept of isolation and aging in the interview below.
xFiruath: When were the songs for “Edge of the Earth” written and how does the band write new material?
Josh: The songs were written between January 2009 - August 2009 right up until we went into the studio pretty much. I do a lot of the writing, usually in front of the computer. I'll come up with some riffs or ideas and record them, program some drums, and start playing around with the structure which is what takes the longest amount of time to get right.
xFiruath: Where did the recording sessions take place and who did you work with?
Josh: We went back to Ipswich U.K. to work with Scott Atkins who we worked with us on the previous album. He is into a lot of the same music and gets great tones.
xFiruath: How has the music changed on your second album, what can the fans expect to hear this time around, and do you feel that you beat the “sophomore slump” that many bands go through?
Josh: We definitely didn't feel the "sophomore slump." We were really excited and proud when we entered the studio and knew that we'd written a much better album. It's heavier, more thrash and old school yet at the same time bringing in some more mature progressive elements. We wanted to represent the music that inspires us a bit better.
xFiruath: What do the lyrics deal with?
Josh: It's a concept album about someone living in isolation for a lifetime. It deals with time and getting old before you know it. Each song has a meaning that ties in with the story but also a literal meaning that just stems from every day experiences.
xFiruath: Who handled the cover artwork and how does it connect to the music?
Josh: It was done by a friend of mine called Dan Goldsworthy. He's really talented in all kinds of styles. It ties in perfectly with the music and I gave him very specific ideas. Luckily he was really laid back and just did whatever made us happy. We're really pleased with how it came out.
xFiruath: Tell me about the recording of the music video “Empyreal.” Where did the shoot take place and how do you feel about the finished product?
Josh: We're really pleased with how it turned out. We shot it with director Stuart Birchall who has done videos for Architects and Your Demise. It was shot in Kent U.K. in this huge man-made cave system, about 26 miles worth of caves. People used to live down there during the war and it was really dark, creepy atmosphere. Also during the 60's/70's people used to play shows down there including Jimi Hendrix.
xFiruath: What festivals are you guys hitting this year and do you have a tour lined up to support the album?
Josh: We're doing quite a few over Europe. The one we're really looking forward to is Sonisphere U.K. We're the first band playing the main stage the day after Metallica play which might seem petty but is a huge deal for me. Being the first person to step out there since Hetfield blows my mind. We have a tour with Cavalera Conspiracy leading up to that too. We have just completed a big U.K. tour in support of the album as well. Hopefully we can get to the U.S. this summer.
xFiruath: How long have you personally been involved in music and are you self-taught?
Josh: My dad is really into music so I was always around it even though he doesn't play an instrument himself. I got guitar lessons from the very start when I was about 10 and kept having lessons until I was about 18.
xFiruath: What bands are you personally listening to lately?
Josh: In terms of current bands I really like The Sword, Baroness, High On Fire, Mastodon, and Gojira. There aren't too many bands cropping up that I like so I still listen to loads of late 80's thrash metal like Vio-Lence and Dark Angel or 70's prog like Rush and Yes.
xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?
Josh: Our new album is out now in the U.S. Please go grab a copy if you're a fan of metal in general! There's something for everyone in there.
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