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Review: Sylosis - Edge of the Earth
Edge of the Earth

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 72:50
Tracks: 14
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: December 13, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Readers Rating
Edge of the Earth

Rated 3.73/5 (74.55%) (11 Votes)

It's difficult to find interesting thrash these days, but Edge of the Earth by Sylosis was a really strong effort from earlier this year. From a musical standpoint, impressive instrumental performances are built into intricate song structures that are bolstered by a huge guitar crunch.

There is a slight bay area influence to the band`s sound, but a more modern thrash standpoint is given to the songs to make them more impactful. Despite the punchy sound of the album, the songs remain complex and thoughtful. The tracks are made slightly less interesting by the vocals which are of the generic shouting type. ``Empyreal`` is one of the earlier highlights with its crushing approach. There is also an addition of melody to give the songs an increased catchiness. The overall songwriting approach is a lot more mature and deep than the reasonably unimpressive vocals might suggest. There are plenty of little nuances to every moment on Edge of the Earth that make it breathe with more life than a typical thrash release, yet there are some nods to the greats of the past as well.

The album is complex and layered, but it runs perhaps too long. The marathon length shows how much ambition and energy was put into the material, however. This is a very solid album from start to end.

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