Hailing from Queens, New York, Sylar are reigniting the rap/rock genre with a backdrop of down-tuned bounce and choruses ready for big, big venues. You can hear the melodic power of Linkin Park, the swagger of Limp Bizkit, and the heaviness of Marilyn Manson throughout the music as a fluctuation of influences hits you every song.
To celebrate the recent release of the band’s third album, ‘Seasons’, we grabbed the band to each pick an album that has inspired them in someway to find out where the unique sound of Sylar was moulded.
BRING ME THE HORIZON – ‘SEMPITERNAL’
As chosen by Jayden Panesso (vocals)
There are so many albums that have inspired me through the years, but I’ll never forget my first listen through ‘Sempiternal’. There are so many captivating things about this album. Also, at the time, it was so fresh. I hadn’t really heard another album like it. The main reason why this album meant so much to me though, was because of the lyrics. This album truly taught me to be vulnerable and honest when it came down to putting my feelings into an album.
DEFTONES – ‘DEFTONES’
As chosen by Miguel Cardona (guitar/vocals)
This album is a very, very special album for me. When I was younger I was going through a huge transition in my life where I was moving from Puerto Rico to the United States for the first time. My uncle decided to buy me a CD before I left, and also took me in a trip to Disney World. Through the entire trip, all that I listened to was this album. From the start of the record to the very end, the melodies and aggression just did something to me. It made me feel free when I felt so down and trapped at the time. Even years after all of that, I ended up getting a tattoo for the album. Some of my favourite songs are ‘Pins And Needles’, ‘Minerva’, and ‘When Girls Telephone Boys’. It’s very easy for me to say that this is my favourite album!
SLIPKNOT – ‘IOWA’
As chosen by Dustin Jennings (guitar)
I was introduced to Slipknot very early on in my life. I had to have been in middle school. I couldn’t stop listening to them, and I was so intrigued by the way they looked. It was so different and so in your face. The album ‘Iowa’ to me was on a whole other level of intensity. It’s just so aggressive.
ATREYU – ‘THE CURSE’
As chosen by Travis Hufton (bass)
I always grew up listening to bands like Slipknot, Mudvayne, and System Of A Down, but when I first heard ‘The Curse’ I was hooked. From there I got into other bands like As I Lay Dying and Bury Your Dead. I feel like it got me more into other sub-genres of metal and heavy music and made me appreciate music more. Also, to this day the album just rips in general. It’s definitely a classic.
POISON – ‘OPEN UP AND SAY… AHH!’
As chosen by Cody Ash (drums)
This was a very influential record for me. I was very inspired by the rock ‘n’ roll/blues hybrid hair metal sound. I discovered this record when I was first getting into drums, and I was taken back by the drumming of Rikki Rockett. Rikki Rockett was always in the pocket, but would pull out some awesome fills that I thought accompanied the song well. Every chorus on the record was very catchy. The guitar licks were insane. I just loved every bit of what this record had to offer. My favourite songs are ‘Love On The Rocks’, ‘Back To The Rocking Horse’, and ‘Look But You Can’t Touch’.
Sylar‘s third album ‘Seasons’ is out now via Hopeless Records.
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