Sylosis truly deserves to be bigger than they currently are – and they will get there sooner than later if they continue producing albums like Dormant Heart! This is their heaviest and darkest album to date, being the 4th CD released since the band signed on to Nuclear Blast Records in 2007, front man, Josh Middleton admits that this is their best work they have ever done! Unfortunately, for us in the states, the only tour dates so far for 2015- are over seas.
Not to fret, the CD comes with a LIVE DVD of their studio sessions to hold you over til they figure it out – but the bonus DVD is only available for a limited time. For what it’s worth, It has a short interview with Middleton, three tracks LIVE from the studio: To Build A Tomb, Mercy, and Leech. Also, this is the final album to include drummer, Rob Callard, as he’s left the band after the recording of Dormant Heart and has been replaced by Ali Richardson from Bleed From Within, whom is featured in the DVD. Lastly, for the special edition – two bonus tracks!! Pillars Erode and Zero, which is a Smashing Pumpkins cover .
On September 25th, 2013 during their last North American Tour with Trivium and DevilDriver, the members of Sylosis were involved in a traumatizing RV accident where they had to literally crawl from the wreckage and were then hospitalized for some time. This was the foundation that first inspired the writing and the message within Dormant Heart as “The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd, how a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it’s ‘tradition’ as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness.” – Middleton. A near death experiences can really open up a persons eyes, see the world for what it really is and the human race for what we are – a herd of brain washed lambs off to slaughter.
Where the Wolves Come To Die, immediately pulls you in as the opening track. Setting the atmosphere for the brutalness that is to follow for the rest of the album. Victims and Pawns and the title song Dormant Heart are reminiscent of the bands previous recordings, but bring the heavy with smashing solos and cool riffs, truly showing the evolution of Sylosis song writing. To Build A Tomb opens up with a catchy guitar riff that plays throughout, eventually flowing into mind-boggling scales. Overthrown is another intensely heavy and relentless track off this album. But I couldn’t be more obsessed with my new personal favorite, Leech which was the second single to be released. Powering through those breakdowns Middleton and Alex Bailey break through with intensity. The animated music video is amazing! Like if A Scanner Darkly and Metalocalypse had a baby with Satan – it would be the music video for Leech (posted below).Quiescent closes this masterpiece in an over 9 minute acoustic you’ll want to set on repeat. Middleton’s clean vocals over the slow-paced and gentle rhythms, make for a tranquil ending. There’s a massive amount of variation throughout the whole album.
Dormant Heart is brilliant and powerful from start to finish! This is thrash metal at its finest!
5 out of 5Rating:
1. Where The Wolves Come To Die
2. Victims And Pawns
3. Dormant Heart
4. To Build A Tomb
11. Callous Souls
12. Pillars Erode
13. Zero (Smashin’ Pumpkins cover)
Genre: Thrash/ Melodic Death/ Progressive
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Length: 59 minutes
Josh Middleton -Vocals/ Guitar
Alex Bailey – Rhythm Guitar
Carl Parrell- Bass
Ali Richardson/ Rob Callard- drums