Sylosis: Interview with Josh Middleton



Interview with one of the youngest and most promising acts of the United Kingdom, Sylosis. We have taken a moment with one of the masterminds Josh Middleton, to ask something about their latest album "Monolith"(witch you can find reviewed on our site), and about the future plans of the band.

R&MIMB: Hi guys, thank you for your time...Now let's start talking about your latest album...When did you write it?
Josh Middleton: We began writing it well before EOTE was even released, so back in late September 2010. We already had about 4-5 songs on the go at that point. The writing finished around October 2011.

R&MIMB: What does the "monolith" of the title represent? A way of being or something connected to your vision of the world and of society?
Josh Middleton: No not at all. It's a concept album about someone trying to bring someone back from the dead and the Monolith grows out from their tomb.

R&MIMB: We see that only one year has passed since your last full length "Edge Of The Earth". What are the main differences between the two albums?
Josh Middleton: It's over a year and a half between the albums. Monolith is much darker and doomier. The production is more live and raw feeling and there's more of an atmosphere overall. It's the best representation of us in terms of all of our influences.

R&MIMB: In your music there are elements of thrash, death, heavy metal and some black metal as well. Is it a choice or a natural process?
Josh Middleton: We're into all kinds of metal so it's hard to deny some of those influences. We're mainly a thrash band at the core and listen to a lot of progressive bands like Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Rush and Pink Floyd etc.

R&MIMB: Speaking about that, what are your main influences and where do you find inspiration for your songs?
Josh Middleton: Early Metallica, Death, Sepultura, Neurosis, High on Fire, Crowbar, Pantera, Cult of Luna, Pink Floyd, Rush, Mastodon, Tool, Vio-Lence, Dark Angel etc. Inspiration for a song can come from anywhere really. Usually it just starts with a riff or a melodic idea.

R&MIMB: What do you think of the current metal scene, that you are a part of?
Josh Middleton: I don't know if there's any specific scene in metal we're a part of but metal seems relatively healthy at the moment. It's really hard for me to find bands I like but I guess that's because there are just so many bands out there and the sort of metal I like (thrash/doom/stoner/prog) is more underground.

R&MIMB: In these years we have seen that in England there are a lot of high quality new bands. According to you, what are the best, or the most promising?
Josh Middleton: Chapters, Xerath, Hang The Bastard and of course Evile

R&MIMB: What are your plans for the future? Are you planning any tours?
Josh Middleton: We go to America with Lamb of God, In Flames, Hatebreed and Hellyeah for 2 months leading up to christmas. Then next year there's a UK headline tour then we're off to Australia to tour on Soundwave festival

R&MIMB: Last March you played in Italy as supporting act for Textures. What can you tell us about that experience?
Josh Middleton: It was quite brief, we didn't get much time to go anywhere other than the venue but the show was great. We really enjoy being in Italy

Intervista a cura di:
Angelo Lorenzo Tenace in collaborazione con Lucia Rossi