Sylosis is without a doubt the best metal band of 2008. I challenge anyone to show me a band with better riffs, drums, vocals, and song composition. I can name a handful of bands that excel in one or two of these areas, but Sylosis is the full package. The main verse and chorus riffs for this song are pretty simple technically, but the melody is ridiculous. Anyone can write a metal riff with a little practice, but that melodic rhythm is where the true writing happens. It’s ironic that I love this band so much considering their song composition talent makes me feel like less of a man.
Vocals are really important as well. You can have a band that is instrumentally awesome, but has a really lame vocalist. Vocals can take as much away from a song as they can give it. Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity still holds the number one place in my books for metal vocals. But Jamie from Sylosis is giving him a run for his money. Jamie’s ability to go from a deep long growl to a high pitched scream within a single line and make it sound so amazing is brilliant. His singing voice is just as insane, as you can hear in the chorus of Transcendence.
I usually post music videos, but this is off of a brand new album. Check after the break for my second favorite song from the album Conclusion of an Age.