Sylosis embarked on an indefinite hiatus early in 2016, which came as a huge shock to fans and media alike. While seemingly at the height of his musical powers, Middleton was beginning to feel restricted by his own myopic vision. But four years on, normal service is due to resume, as he relaunches his band with stunning new album Cycle Of Suffering. After spending his time off exploring new creative avenues and contemplating his own artistic desires, Middleton returns to Sylosis with a rejuvenated spirit.
Not just a ferocious and commanding comeback but a wholesale reassertion of musical values and vivacity, Cycle Of Suffering seems certain to restore Sylosis to its rightful status as standard bearers for ultra-modern thrash. This is balls-out and blazing metal at its best, but with a big heart and vast emotional depths: once again, the kind of life-affirming noise that made Sylosis a big deal in the first place, but somehow bigger, better and imbued with ever more self-belief. Sylosis is back and the future is for the taking.