It's always heart-warming to read about how an established band first started up. According to nu-thrashers Sylosis' biog on Wikipedia and an interview with the Metal Sucks blog some three years ago, guitarist and now singer John Middleton mentions their formation during school and not being able to play many gigs, due to none of the band being old enough to drive. Bless 'em. This didn't stunt their growth from teenage try-outs to respected metallers. Nor did it stop the iconic metal-label Nuclear Blast securing their signatures for a debut-album release, back in 2008.
"Conclusion of an Age", which featured original vocalist Jamie Graham, was something of a refreshing change from the normal slack-trousered emo-froth permeating the pages of Kerrang and Metal Hammer - full-on thrash, death and progressive all rolled into one metal melange. Download gave them a slot at the 2009 festival, Sonisphere did the same and Dragonforce signed them as support on their UK tour. On the strength of follow-up "Edge of the Earth", Devin Townsend has done the same by installing them as one of the supports on his upcoming UK jaunt in December - tickets still available, by the way.
All this activity has left fans wanting more new material and some 'proper' headline shows - and that's just what they've delivered. "Monolith", inspired by Greek mythology and sporting a great sleeve, is released next week and launched officially at a show in Reading on Sunday 7th October, while a UK tour has been confirmed for next year.
First stop is Bristol on 23rd January 2013, followed by Islington, Birmingham, Glasgow and finally Manchester on the 27th. Tickets for all but London and Birmingham are on sale now - these two will hit the servers on Saturday at 9am and midday respectively. Prices start at around £10.