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To be able to say that a new and exciting extreme metal band has “made it” is a very rare thing. But after a stellar 2015 that included a critically acclaimed new album, an arena tour with Megadeth and Lamb of God, and more festival appearances than you can shake a stick at, it looks like Sylosis may have smashed through the glass ceiling. But if you’re unfamiliar with the band, don’t worry: vocalist/guitarist Josh Middleton has you covered. “The main foundation of our sound is thrash, along the lines of early Metallica. We don’t down-tune or anything so I guess we’re a little more traditional in that regard. “But we also have a lot of influences from more epic or progressive bands: bands like Mastodon, High on Fire, Neurosis, Rush, Pink Floyd, Cult of Luna, etc. “I don’t think there’s another thrash band that has as wide a range of influences as we do. We try and steer clear of doing anything too cheesy.” And Sylosis are hitting the road for the first time this year in March, in a headlining UK tour with support from Decapitated and Black Tongue. “It was a no brainer to do something with them,” Josh says of the two acts that will be joining Sylosis on their ten-date rampage. “We just wanted a diverse package to really mix things up a bit.” The shows in March will be Sylosis’ first headline tour since November, when they went out with black/thrash metallers Hang the Bastard in what were “essentially a few off-dates in between the Megadeth/Lamb of God run.” And while the Megadeth tour was “awesome” for Sylosis, Josh promises that this time, the band will be making things even bigger and better: “The UK dates [with Megadeth] were insane and it was amazing to finally play Wembley Arena! “Unfortunately when we got to Europe where the bulk of the tour took place, Lamb of God went home after the Paris attacks so it left us in a pickle. But us and [supporting band] Children of Bodom rearranged as many shows as possible. “And the tour we’re doing in March is going to be awesome! It’s actually the first proper headline tour in the UK for [the band’s latest album] Dormant Heart, so we get to play some songs we’ve not played live before. This time we’ll be bringing out our full set-up, lights, etc. “I think playing huge shows is really fun and feels like more of a big event or big deal but small shows can be amazing too. As long as the crowd is receptive then both can be awesome.” Dormant Heart – Sylosis’ fourth studio album – was released back in January of last year to universal acclaim from critics. “It’s essentially [a concept album] about going through life on autopilot and not thinking about your actions, their consequences, or the bigger picture outside of your own bubble. “I guess, becoming more aware of the world around you: be it political, environmental, social issues… I guess it’s sort of about people awakening in a way.”
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