Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Syloken is a six piece progressive rock band who's music and live performances strive to create moments in which time stops and the listener is free to exist in an out of body experience.


Like many progressive rock bands Syloken has a sound which is hard to describe with words. It can be loud, it can be soft. It's pretty but often harsh. It's fast! unless it's moving slow... It's six members site influences from across all genres of music so pointing to any one band's sound to describe them is difficult. 1970's progressive influences play a large roll for sure but there are strong seasonings of 80's new wave, early 90's grunge and industrial, and 1960's psychedelic to help the flavor.

Syloken was Born out of the mind of John Thomas in 2004 while living in Los Angeles, CA. After the self release of the debut album "Kyusai" Mr. Thomas moved back to his home town of Norman, OK, USA to join forces with old musical mates Ben Carter (of Lazarus IV, Zebre, The Needles) on bass, Chris McDaniel (of Ghost of Monkshood, Gaea Spore, FRMR) on guitar and Brendan Furneaux (Gaea Spore) on cittern, hand percussion and keys. Guitar player Alex Hake was recruited to the group by Ben Carter after they worked together on the Urizen EP(2005) and with the addition of Zach Hollandsworth on Drums Syloken the live band was born (January 2006).

Syloken played several live performances in the Norman/OKC area before Ben Carter left the group in late 2007 to focus on other projects. With the departure of Carter, John Thomas graduated from lead singer to lead singer/bass player. As a 5 piece the band's sound started to find its real focus and sound. Meter shifting compositions like "Making Flowers" and "Every Breath is Now" came to define the bands live set as well as set direction for the bands first full length album, "Life, Love and the Birth of the Digital Flower"(2009 Zanzibar! Records). Since the release of "Digital Flower" the band continued to refine its live sound and has established itself as a must see in the local Norman music scene. In August 2011 Dexter Ford was added to the Syloken family to relieve John of his bass duties and returning the band to a six piece line up. Currently the band is primarily focused on writing and recording its next full length LP with hopes of a Summer 2012 release.


"Kyusai" - 2004 LP

"Too Much Sunshine" - 2008 EP

"Life, Love, and the Birth of the Digital Flower" - 2009 LP

"Flying Carpet" - 2011 Single (Released on the 2011 Zanzibar! Records sampler)

Set List

Current Set includes but is not limited to:

Life in Motion
Making Flowers
New Life
Break The Mold
Flying Carpet
Morning Song