Remember ten years ago when the British metal scene was alive and kicking with bands like Raging Speedhorn, Pitchshifter and Stampin’ Ground storming stages nationwide? It may not have lasted that long but you have to admit the UK scene has seen some drastic improvement over recent years. We thought we’d head down to Islington Academy and bang our heads to some homegrown talent.
Six things we found out when we went to see Sylosis in London:
1) This package tour boasts four exciting British metal acts – Chapters, Anterior, Malefice and Sylosis – all for the measly sum of £12. We’ll even do the mathematics for you, that’s £3 for each band. Cheap as chips!
2) Due to the early curfew (the curse of many club venues on a Friday night) we actually missed the first two bands. No… we weren’t in Wetherspoons. How dare you! But we did walk in and see plenty of merch exchanging hands, which is always a healthy sign.
3) Malefice are sure as hell taking no prisoners tonight. The Reading groove-metal quintet released their third album Awaken The Tides earlier this Summer, and seem fiercer than ever. Despite having a replacement guitarist for Alex Vuskans who had to sit out the tour, the boys know exactly how to command a stage and play like their lives fucking depend on it.
4) If there was one band that could be considered to be the cream of the crop in British metal right now, it would be Sylosis. Anyone that saw them open the Apollo Stage at this year’s Sonisphere Festival will know that this band are more than capable of playing alongside the biggest names in metal. Tonight they prove yet again to be masters in their own right, delivering tight slabs of their finest progressive thrash.
5) The Sylosis crowd are more than impressive: they know the songs inside out and go batshit crazy from the first note. You can’t help get the feeling that this band are truly loved in a way that British metal bands rarely are these days.
6) Think about the UK bands out there releasing some of the most ground-breaking metal around: The Defiled, Tesseract, Xerath, Evile – the list goes on. We really are lucky to have such talent out there putting British metal back on the map. Let’s just make sure it doesn’t fizzle out this time.
5/6 – UK metal is strong… for now