“Little known secret; METALLICA’s …And Justice For All and DEATH’s Symbolic record had a baby. It was tossed into a junkyard and forgotten about. It ate metal and drank gasoline until it broke free and began to kill. SYLOSIS defines modern speed metal. ” ? Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD)
UK based modern thrash heroes SYLOSIS have released an animated music video for the track “Leech”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming new album Dormant Heart, which will be released on January 12th (UK), 13th (N. America) and 16th (Rest of Europe) via Nuclear Blast.
The video was animated by Oliver Jones of Better Feeling Films in the UK. It took five hours to film the band and story footage and roughly 60 days to animate. Oliver was the only person working on the project, from shooting the live action footage to animating the entire video. The process he used is called ‘rotoscoping’, which involves tracing over footage, frame by frame.
Frontman Josh Middleton commented: “‘Leech’ is the second single off the new album. I would say the album is probably our heaviest to date but this song showcases a more melodic and stripped back side to what we do. It’s a really dark, sinister doomy sounding song and we thought it would be cool to try something a bit different for the video and have it reflect the vibe of the music. We’ve always wanted to have an animated music video and it allows for a bit more creativity and makes it stand out.”
Dormant Heart was produced by Middleton with the help of engineer Scott Atkins and was mastered by TesseracT guitarist Acle Kahney. The artwork was created by Bristol based artist BONFIRE (Opeth, Satyricon, Kataonia). On the theme of the artwork Josh comments: “The cover relates to sacrifice (the sacrificial lamb is more of a symbol than something to be taken literally) but also the looming, oppressing figure in the background represents corruption and being forced into something against your will.”
Despite the name, Dormant Heart is not a peaceful album; it?s about a powerful force unleashing anger against everyday injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them.
In regards to the record Josh states: “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 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.”
SYLOSIS began tracking the new album back in March 2014, working away secretly alongside touring commitments. Drum tracks were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle House by original drummer Rob Callard, who parted ways with the band last month due to time restraints. After filling in for some live shows during SYLOSIS? Spring 2014 tour, BLEED FROM WITHIN’s drummer Ali Richardson is now a permanent member of the band.
Dormant Heart track list:
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)
The Dormant Heart Sessions – Live in the studio