Sylosis Interview

An interview with Josh Middleton:

Could you please tell us more about the history of the band, how things started?

We started as friends at school jamming out some metal when we were like 15. Since then we've undergone a lot of line up changes due to finding capable musicians. We didn't start touring or just playing outside of our local area for a good few years.

What concept came to mind when you recorded "Conclusion Of An Age"?

We just wanted to make a classic metal album, something that will stand the test of time. The album's theme is about the world today - in terms of the state of the earth and society.

When do you guys think you'll be getting to the US and what do you know and think of Romania?

Hopefully we'll be out to the US next year and hopefully the same with Romania. We want to play everywhere.

What are some of your influences and do they take part in any of the albums you've released?

Our influences are mainly stuff like Death, Forbidden and Metallica, but also melodic stuff like Soilwork and Symphony X. There's not too many modern bands we're influenced by apart from Gojira who're awesome. I think our influences aren't really hidden which we don't mind.

What are your views on metal music as of right now compared to when it first started out?

It's definitely better now than it was ten years ago but I don't know if it will ever be as exciting as it seemed to be in the 80's - not that we personally know as we were all babies then, haha!

What made you want to become a musician? Was it because of family tradition of just your own thing?

Just being surrounded by music all the time in car journeys with my family, etc. None was that musical though. I just thought the guitar was always a cool instrument.

Any ideas for touring with any big name bands?

Nothing planned but we'd love to tour with as big metal bands as possible.

What are your future plans for Sylosis?

We've got an European tour with A Life Once Lost and War From A Harlots Mouth in September/October and we're trying to line up as many tours as we can. We'll continue to keep writing for the next album too.

Tell some of your experiences playing live.

We recently had a great headline show in London. We've been in the studio for months and it was our first show back and it was insane. One of the best shows we've played. I think our popularity is always on the rise in this country even when we've been away from playing live for a while.

Are there any cool touring/recording experiences or other bizarre stories you would like to share with us?

Not many I'm afraid. Whilst we were doing the drum tracking for the album we stayed in a tiny caravan which was hell. The first night we had no heating and it was freezing cold. We had to cover the "beds" (more like small seating area) in newspaper because they were damp and stank of piss! It sucked!

Is MySpace the great Satan of the 21st Century?

We're grateful for MySpace - we wouldn't have got on our first label or Nuclear Blast without it. Also it completely regenerated an underground music scene in the UK so it's been awesome - but there are tons of douchebags on it.

What would you compare your music too, out of the varitey of bands out there?

Old school thrash metal with epic influences. We just like loads of types of metal and try and mix them up!

What bands have you toured with? Are there any that you would definitely want to tour with?

We've toured with Cryptopsy, Suicide Silence, Abigail Williams, Pitchshifter. We'd really like to tour with Gojira as we're all huge fans.

Describe your music to an elderly church lady.

Haha! Loud, fast, heavy, aggressive, but still mature and melodic.

It's been awesome talking with you guys! Any other thoughts or comments?

Thank you! We'd just urge everyone to pick up our album "Conclusion Of An Age". If you're into metal in general then you'll probably dig it! Cheers!

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