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4.02 | 59 ratings

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4 stars Ah, the awaited follow-up to TTADADO, Death of a Dead day. At first I found this album heavily inferior to the first one, mainly due the overall darker and more "serious" feel about it, since I found the joyful feel of the first album contributed to make it so great. Although with time, as I listen to it more, I found myself singing along to SikTh's melodies once again.

As I previously mentioned, this album has a different mood and overall feel than itīs younger counterpart. Would TTADADO be a playful child then DOADD would be the emotional, moody teenager. Many songs have adapted a somewhat more melodical character, most notably the choruses are more fine-tuned, and resembles the feeling found in emocore music. This album still does contain the same high level of musicianship, possibly even higher. The vocalists Mikee and Justin once again show their brilliance and ability with the duet style of singing/screaming/growling (a wide range here). Both guitarplayers show a simillar approach as the previous album, but is perhaps even more difficult and flipped at this CD. Basist James Leach is unfortunaly less prominent in DOADD, for reasons unknown to me. His bass is more blended into the guitarsound and sadly plays more along with the guitars as well. This is naturally not allways the case as his bassgrooves does step out once in a while to add another layer to the song, just not as frequently as the first album. Drummer Dan Foord more or less does a similar work as earlier, which is still really, really good in my opinion.

The tracks vary in quality from good to excellent on the entire CD, as it never gets dull, but with less diversity than on TTADADO. But why then do I rate this album 4 and not 5? Well, this IS a great album which I definately would recommend anyone who liked the first one, but a five star rating is not to be given swiftly, and in all honesty, if someone would ask me which album they'd buy for a first time experience with SikTh, I would go for the first album, since it feels to be more the sound I, and many people with me, associate SikTh with. Also, the dynamics are slightly better in the previous album. And last but not least, I guess you cannot disregard the fact that it's just not "new" in the same context as the previous album was. Innovative? Yes. Differs from you're average mathmetal/progmetal band? Hell yes! But it's similar to what you heard on the first album, and therefore don't have the same impact.

Insane guitar parts, crazy vocals, good bassplay, good drumming, some brilliant melodies and great lyrics makes this a strong, solid 4 star album.

Lillkwist | 4/5 |


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