ALBUM: SikTh – The Future In Whose Eyes?

Release Date: June 2nd 2017
Label: Millennium Night/Snapper Music
Website: www.sikth.band
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sikthofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sikthofficial

Rating:

It’s no secret that SikTh had an incredible run of two acclaimed records in the space of three years. They may not have gained the popularity or recognition that they deserved, but they released two records that were ahead of their time, and laid down a marker and became an influence for almost every progressive metal band to release records after their demise.

Not bad for a few guys from Watford, but ten years is a long time. Ten years in the music industry is a lifetime and a half, so when the band announced that they would be releasing their first full-length album in almost 11 years, it goes without saying that it came as a shock.

However, from the moment go on ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?’, it’s obvious that SikTh have had a hunger to do this for a long time, because they’re just as good as they’ve always been. The intricate and heavy riffs that dominated records previous are still looming large, and the vocal duo of Mikee Goodman and new member Joe Rosser works an absolute treat. Opener ‘Vivid’ sounds like typical SikTh, but with a slightly modern sound to it.

What’s great about this record is that it almost never slows up, and it never loses your focus. Whenever there’s a curveball track such as the slow, spoken word ‘The Moon’s Been Gone For Hours’, there’s always enough to keep you hanging on until the next track.

People can put forward the opinion that the SikTh of ten years ago would never have sounded as polished as they do right now, and do you know what? They’re probably right, but don’t for a second think that it takes away anything from this record.

Ten years ago SikTh were frantic, hectic, stupid, and realistically a lot of fun. That was ten years ago and the band have grown. What they’ve released in ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?’ is a mature record that pushes all of that to the back, and they bring forward phenomenal musicianship and great song writing.

There are elements of the franticness that fans will long for such as odd time signatures and Goodman‘s creepy spoken word solos, but realistically, ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?’ is a fresh record from a band full of fresh ideas and ready to lay down a marker once more. Not bad for a few guys from Watford, eh?

Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)