The official music video for “Mercy”, the new single from U.K.’s modern thrashers SYLOSIS, has been online since Friday and I know a good amount of you have been looking forward to the audio track being released. Wait no more, it’s here and it’s ready for spinning! The track is off the forthcoming fourth studio album Dormant Heart, out on January 12th 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. “’Mercy’’s got a pretty dark and heavy vibe to it, but it’s one of the most melodic tracks on the album at the same time,” reveals SYLOSIS frontman Josh Middleton. “It’s got a big slow, doomy outro with an octave pedal on the guitars so that’s going to rumble some guts live. For this video, we wanted to keep it dark and claustrophobic. It’s got some of the artwork from the album and inlay illustration as well, which came together really well.”
Dormant Heart’s artwork was designed by Bristol-based artist Bonfire (OPETH, SATYRICON, KATATONIA), who previously created artwork for SYLOSIS t-shirts. Speaking to the theme of the artwork, Middleton states: “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.” Dormant Heart is anything but peaceful; it’s a dark, gloomy, and atmospheric album. “The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd,” Middleton has previously stated. “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.” The album was produced by Middleton with the help of engineer Scott Atkins and is mastered by TesseracT’s guitarist Acle Kahney.
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 Studios 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.
If you’ve missed the video for the song, you can watch it here: http://youtu.be/EXPQR22UwO0?list=PLB4brr7vf-P6vyk4F37Vrm-26uWPQx3nI