Metal veterans Sylosis have presented a dark, alluring new visual for the track, "Absent" featured on their most recent full length, A Sign of Things to Come. The single showcases a stylistic show of range, embracing an ominous, atmospheric murk that leans into the band's post-industrial sensibilities.
Syolsis songwriter and frameworker Josh Middleton elaborated on the stylistic scope of the single and an accompanying remix of the track that comes courtesy of London duo, Zetra.
“Despite having always included darker and quieter songs in our discography, ‘Absent’ represents uncharted territory for Sylosis, while staying true to our commitment to melody and emotion in our music. The video also breaks away from our usual style, and we're grateful for director Daniel Grey's efforts in creating something out of our comfort zone. We're excited to have invited our new friends, Zetra, to bring a fresh perspective to the track with their reimagined remix. Their dark synth influence really adds a new dimension to the song, which we love!”
Middleton also weighed in on the personal weight of the track and how that sense of experimentation permeated throughout the rollout of the song. “This is a more personal song and I wanted to push myself to try a different direction lyrically as well as with the music video. The song is about being so wrapped up in your own troubles that you neglect to see or appreciate that other people around you may be hurting or in a far worse place than yourself.”
Offering their cryptic take on the task of remixing such a powerful track, Zetra lived up to their reputation for being veiled and offered the following,
“A candle has been lit.
Summoned by the riff, we answered the call to transport ‘Absent’ into our realm.
To strip flesh from bone and be born anew.
Witness its transformation.
Thank you, Sylosis.
The single lands as Sylosis prepare to begin their first headlining tour of UK and Ireland in more than eight years this April. The run of intimate shows have been met with overwhelming demand as both the Norwich and Dublin shows are already sold out and most the remaining dates are already facing low ticket warnings. See the list of dates and cities below.
SYLOSIS 2024 UK & Ireland Tour
03.04 - Southampton, Engine Rooms
04.04 - Bristol, The Fleece
05.04 - Norwich, The Waterfront Studio *SOLD OUT*
06.04 - Dublin, Whelan's *SOLD OUT*
07.04 - Belfast, Limelight 2
09.04 - Edinburgh, La Belle Angele
10.04 - Glasgow, Cathouse
11.04 - Leeds, The Key Club
12.04 - Colchester, Arts Centre
13.04 - Cardiff, the Globe
14.04 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms