IT may no longer produce the masterworks of its ‘80s heyday, but as this Reading outfit prove, thrash is still very much alive and kicking.
As aggressive and technically proficient as one would expect, the quartet have little form when it comes to pushing the genre’s boundaries, impressing instead through sheer consistency.
Dormant Heart, then, is very much more of the same; a fourth rock-solid full-length of pulsating riffs, tumultuous tempos and vocal muscle, and no doubt a delight for established converts.
One habit they could do with booting, though, is their tendency to pad a record out for all its worth.
At 59 minutes, this is their briefest outing to date, yet reaching its end still feels like a chore, especially when you’re confronted by Quiescent, a final hurdle formidable not only in length, but also tediousness. 6/10. AW