SYLOSIS will be releasing their much anticipated new album ‘Dormant Heart’ at the start of next year. Frontman Josh Middleton has commented the record is their strongest work to date. “It’s the most pissed-off, aggressive and intense album we’ve done, yet it still retains the epic, progressive and melodic side we’re also known for. It’s a very gloomy and atmospheric album. We’ve been through a lot as a band and individuals and we’ve made our darkest album to date.”
The band began tracking the album back in March 2014, working away secretly alongside touring commitments. The album was mastered by TesseracT guitarist Acle Kahney; Josh took a step up on this album producing it himself with the help of engineer Scott Atkins. Of the recording process, Josh says: “It was great doing some of the recording with Scott again. We’ve got a good working relationship and he’s really dedicated to what he does. We like to strive for a very earthy and organic sound. It adds to the human element and brings out the intensity and vibe in the music.”
Guitars and vocals were recorded at Wizard Sound Studios in the band’s hometown Reading. Drums were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle Studios by original drummer Rob Callard who parted ways with Sylosis in September due to time restraints. Bleed From Within’s Ali Richardson is now drumming for the band permanently after filling in for some live shows on the band’s tour earlier this year in Spring.
Despite the title ‘Dormant Heart’ is not a peaceful album, it’s a powerful force, unleashing anger against everyday injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them. Josh elaborates “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…”
‘Dormant Heart’ is set for release via Nuclear Blast on January 12th 2015.
Josh Middleton | vocals, guitars
Alex Bailey | guitars
Carl Parnell | bass
Ali Richardson | drums