SYLOSIS – Dormant Heart (CD)
Sylosis’ blend of thrash, heavy metal and some progressive elements thrown in for good measure give their music an interesting edge over their competition. They incorporate different metal influences within their song structures, which makes for an interesting listening experience.
“Dormant Heart” has 12 tracks of plenty of twist and turns and skillfully crafted arrangements, which are hard to absorb in one listen. Therefore, Sylosis is one of those metal bands that require repeated listens, especially if you want to really get the gist of what they’re songs are about. They’re very tight on this album, and play with such unpredictability, that it keeps you holding on to the edge of your seat. The dynamics are definitely unique here, as they go from a heavy metal style to a more thrash sound akin to Mortal Sin, Xentrix, Slammer meets the seriousness of Machine Head. Their lyrics on this CD are more about people’s attitudes about being individuals as opposed to being led blindly like sheep. After all, this is what heavy metal and thrash have always talked about and stood for, just being yourself. This quartet put themselves into their lyrical approach with the different challenges they’ve been posed with throughout their lives. At least, we know their lyrics are something many of us can relate to on a personal level.
However, one song that really got my attention was “Quiescent”, clocking in at a good nine minutes, and comes across as a very atmospheric soundtrack-like number. This song could be heard on a movie like Cocoon or even Lord Of The Flies. The synthesizers on here give this song a very delicate yet emotional flow to it. The other tracks on this CD are executed really well, which go back and forth from heavy metal to thrash metal with a few subtle progressive elements placed within to keep their music interesting.
You can bang your head to Sylosis’ music and you can also raise your fists in the air in support of the heaviness they exude here. If you’re into an all out thrash/speed metal assault, this is not for you, as these guys have a huge modern edge to their style of heavy metal music. These guys sound nothing like the thrash metal of the late eighties/early nineties. [Nuclear Blast] Sarjoo Devani