Italy-based avant extreme metal merchants SYK will unleash their maniacal I-Optikon full-length via Housecore Records tomorrow, December 2nd, 2016. Produced by Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.) and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.), I-Optikon features the debut appearances of recently recruited second guitarist Gianluca Ferro who’s collaborated with Andy Timmons, Kiko Loureiro, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Loomis, and more. Worshippers of artists like Meshuggah, Crisis, Diamanda Galas, Starkweather, and general sonic annihilation, listen up.
In advance of its release, today Revolver Magazine is offering an exclusive stream of the record before you can buy it at THIS LOCATION.
Led by the nihilistic vocal assault of Dalila Kayros, SYK scorches ears and torches the soul with their grim, complex, chest-rupturingly weighty brand of noise-laden, apocalyptic-sounding savagery. Forged by Stefano Ferrian and Federico De Bernardi Di Valserra, both former members of the well-known long-running avant-grind monstrosity Psychofagist, the band released their debut Atoma via Czech imprint L’Inphantile Collective in 2014. Following performances supporting the likes of Godflesh and Gigan, the band piqued the interest of Housecore Records.
Metal Trenches accurately calls I-Optikon, “an artsy, unconventional fusion of Meshuggah guitar and drumwork with off-kilter clean vocals from one Dalila Kayros. She bares a similar nihilistic approach to melody as Björk GuÃ°mundsdÃ³ttir. Hers is a bit more aggressive, but I can’t think of a single more appropriate comparison. Compositions are quite technical, and the results are unlike anything else I have heard,” while Echo Eyes hails, “female vocals that carry a yell like Exene Cervenka, if done with the same power as Henry Rollins.”