Dormant is not a word that you can associate with Reading metallers Sylosis and Dormant Heart is not a peaceful album either, it’s a powerful force, unleashing anger against every day injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them. Frontman Josh Middleton explains: “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 retains the distinctive Sylosis sound; a mixture of intense heavy guitar riffs, breakdowns, thudding rhythm and Middleton’s growl. Stomping opener "Where The Wolves Come To Die" unleashes an aggressive start whilst "Leech" provides those breakdowns and epic choruses. "Mercy" demonstrates the mix of galloping rhythm and melodic guitar riffs whilst Josh fiercely declares ‘there’s no redemption’. Aptly named closer "Quiescent" displays a less forceful side of the band with over 9 minutes of solemn prog-like balladry.
Middleton adds, “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.”