SikTh – “The Future In Whose Eyes” (Millennium Night)
One of the pioneers of yesterday’s mathcore and today’s djent sound, SikTh hail from a humble peripheral town often only denoted for defining the boundary of London. Yet back in 1999 it was a different story. A fresh sound, along with an energetic style delivered by 2 rapid fire street poet vocalists high on house and dance beats. Yeah, this was something new! The SikTh were out to push back the boundaries and the world reciprocated. From MTV award winning videos to charting albums and supporting the likes of Machine Head in Europe and Anthrax in Japan, not to mention a climatic appearance at the Download Festival, it seemed like the world was at SikTh’s feet – until both vocalists Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill left, and spelled the end for the band in 2008. Although defunct after that, the growth in the djent movement and acknowledgement of the band’s inspiration by the likes of Periphery’s Misha Mansoor caused a resurgence in the band’s popularity, recognized by SikTh themselves although it would be a few more years before the inevitable reunion took place. The band’s 2014 Download Festival appearance must rank as the most memorable for both themselves and longtime SikTh fans, leading to a series of other festival appearances across Europe and as far as India and Nepal! If the release of 2015’s “Opacities” EP symbolized the rebirth of the band, then this long awaited full length release certainly confirms that, along with a very bold statement that the original daddies are back, and here to teach the world once more! Still intact with their line up including Mikee Goodman, Justin Hill has been ably replaced by Joe Rosser and by the sounds of the 12 manic tracks here, it seems that the band have thrown their all into a performance worthy of Vicarage Park! Blasting off with ‘Vivid’ the twisting mathcore riffs, funking bass and multiple rapcore vocals come in faster than a bare knuckle one-two before a mellow transfusion with soulful vocals looping back again. The trade off between Mikee and Joe is perfect, with one being aggressive and the other insane, while both have their chilled out moments – oh yeah, this is SikTh alright! Cranking up the djent on ‘Golden Cufflinks’ contrasted by its guitar gem melodies and memorable prog keyboard enhanced chorus it has already attracted national press attention and considerable radio airplay – probably in anticipation of yet another monumental Download appearance – this time on the mainstage this summer!! For anyone into Meshuggah, then check out ‘Riddles Of Humanity’ with its addictive complex poly rhythms – except the Swedes don’t do dub with those wild, tribal rapcore vocals setting your ass on fire as you go mental in the pit!!! Without a shadow of a doubt a return to top form, and while the band give you some chillaxing in between their frenicity, SikTh as still as intense and captivating as ever – and no way will I ever believe Watford is ‘quiet’ – I dare anyone to resist their manic beat.