Italian avant-extreme metal collective syk – featuring founding guitarist & main songwriter Stefano Ferrian (ex-psychofagist), vocalist Dalila Kayros, rhythm/lead guitarist Marcello Cravini, and newcomer Mauro Maraldo on drums – have been scorching ears and torching souls for nearly a decade.
Their unique sound has been described as what would happen if Meshuggah’s tight, rhythmic pummeling was fused with Bjork’s nihilistic approach to melody.
Following their debut LP Atoma (2014), the band released their second effort, I-Optikon, on Housecore Records in 2016. Produced by Philip H Anselmo, I-Optikon’s “compositions are quite technical, and the results are unlike anything else I have heard” (Metal Trenches).
The work on their forthcoming 3rd album, Pyramiden, lasted 3 years. Mixing took place during the winter of 2020/2021 at Inverno Studios under the supervision of Fabrizio Gesuato, while mastering took place at Anselmo’s own Nosferatu's Lair with Stephen Berrigan at the helm.