The Future In Whose Eyes? by SikThRelease date: June 2, 2017
Label: Millennium Night
Since reforming in 2013, SikTh – one of the most original and inventive bands the UK has seen – they have mainly concentrated on live shows, with a couple of tours and festival under their belt, with only the Opacities EP as a source of new material for their fans. Now, the time has finally come for them to unleash their third full length album The Future In Whose Eyes?, which sees former Aliases frontman Joe Rosser take over the vocal duties from the departed Justin Hill. With a full decade passing since their previous album, have the Watford six piece still got enough about them to make an impact like before.
The answer is yes and then some. SitkTh have carried on where they left off and despite the fact that they were a large influence on the second wave of tech metal that was the djent phenomenon that happened during their hiatus, they still have their own unique sound that is light years ahead of their contemporaries and protégés. Right from the opening track ‘Vivid’ it feels like they’ve never been away. New vocalist Rosser steps into Hill’s shoes to great effect and in many ways it is still the same band (which is not always easy to achieve when a vocalist leaves, especially one of Hill’s extraordinary talents) departs from a band. ‘Cracks Of Light’ and ‘Riddles Of Humanity’ also have that classic SikTh sound of old, with the meticulously organised chaos that made them such an admired band first time round.
It’s not all noise though. There are three spoken word pieces on the album, which showcase Mikee Goodman’s fine lyrical and poetic skills (not always easy to recognise during their normal fare). Also there is a lot more melody and mid paced tracks on here. Lead single ‘Golden Cufflinks’ and ‘The Aura’ are the best examples of this more mature and commercial sound, a sign that Sikth are much more than one trick ponies here to confuse and dazzle your mind with ridiculously complex tunes. They also speed things up a little on tracks like ‘Ride The Illusion’ and towards the end of ‘Cracks Of Light’’ to change things up a little.
The best thing that SikTh have in their arsenal is that despite being an instantly recognisable sounding band, you never truly what is going to happen next. There are many bands who change from album to album, some who change from song to song, but these guys can do it from line to line of one song, and that’s the joy of listening to this band. It’s a whirlwind of noise that takes several listens to hear all of the different things that are going on. The guitars of Pin and Dan Weller throw in that many twists and turns that at first you don’t notice the complexity of Dan Foord (drums) and James Leach’s (Bass) rhythm section. The twin vocals of Goodman and Rosser are on another level to pretty much anything else you will hear, and those that were worried about a change in vocalist (and I was one of those, such was the uniqueness of Goodman and Hill’s efforts) can rest assured that the band have never sounded as complete as this. A landmark album, both for the band and quite possibly the British metal scene as well.