‘Dormant Heart’ is the fourth full-length album British Heavy Metal band Sylosis. It was released on 12 January, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Notably, it is the last album to feature drummer Rob Callard, with Ali Richardson from Bleed From Within replacing him. The album has the singles ‘Mercy’ and ‘Leech’, the latter was made into a music video.
When I first learned about this album – either through Nuclear Blast’s or Sylosis’ official Facebook page – I was very excited for it. Two years ago when ‘Monolith’ was released I bought it along with Mnemesis’ self-titled record, it was the first time I had really heard any of the band’s music. Like many other people, I found Monolith a bit of a struggle to listen too and would only listen to half the record.
In saying that I will probably go back and listen to Monolith and find that I really like the album – sod’s law and all that. Don’t forget that Monolith was the band’s second album without vocalist Jamie Graham. Essentially, and in short, Dormant Heart is a brilliant album from start to finish. I can’t pick any out individual tracks to highlight, as I think the whole album sounds fantastic – “Where The Wolves Come To Die” is a brilliant opener, if I really had to choose one, and the singles help promote a truly fantastic
With the ‘special edition’ you get a bonus DVD. It has a short interview with frontman/guitarist Josh Middleton and three tracks from the brand-new album live in the studio: “To Build A Tomb”, “Mercy” and “Leech”. It also features new drummer Ali. Also, on the special edition there are two bonus tracks: ‘Pillars Erode’ and ‘Zero’, which is a Smashing Pumpkins cover.
‘Dormant Heart’ is a fantastic album from Sylosis. After Monolith they’ve kept to what they know best and delivered a treat! Lately, there have been a few great bands coming from the UK and Sylosis have fully established themselves within the metal community and I would herald them as being the future of British metal. Seeing as we’re at the start of 2015, I’m not entirely sure if this can be called ‘best of 2015′ just yet, but we’ll wait and see. 9.8 / 10