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3.93 | 9 ratings | 1 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Vivid (04:28)
2. Century Of The Narcissist ? (04:09)
3. The Aura (04:03)
4. This Ship Has Sailed (01:19)
5. Weavers Of Woe (05:31)
6. Cracks Of Light (04:13)
7. Golden Cufflinks (04:07)
8. The Moon's Been Gone For Hours (02:46)
9. Riddles Of Humanity (03:46)
10. No Wishbones (04:31)
11. Ride The Illusion (04:37)
12. When It Rains (02:35)

Total Time 46:05

Bonus CD #2 from 2017 SE:
1. Consolidate As One (re-imagined By Dan Weller) (3:21)
2. Progress And Decay (re-imagined By Dan Weller) (6:18)
3. The Peace I Crave (re-imagined By Dan Weller) (3:18)
4. No Light In The Well (re-imagined By Dan Weller) (3:51)
5. Insipid Minds (re-imagined By Dan Weller) (2:01)

Total time 18:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Mikee Goodman / vocals
- Joe Rosser / vocals
- Dan Weller / guitar, producer
- Graham Pinney / guitar
- James Leach / bass
- Dan Foord / drums, percussion

- Spencer Sotelo / vocals (6)

Releases information

Artwork: Meats Meier

CD Millennium Night ‎- CDVILEF669 (2017, Europe)
3xCD Peaceville ‎- EBVILE016 (2017, UK) Two bonus CDs, one including full album instrumental version plus another 5 extra tracks

LP Millennium Night ‎- VILELP669 (2017, Europe)

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Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars SIKTH took the progressive metal world by surprise when they debuted their unique and demanding debut release "The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild" in 2003 which along with the avant-garde tendencies of Meshuggah changed the coarse of djent guitar styled extreme progressive metal in the early 21st century. This Watford, England based band emerged seemingly out of nowhere and showed the world a new way of melding the avant-garde with progressive rock and metalcore. Despite being cited as major contributors to the djent guitar sound and dizzying mathcore freneticism, SIKTH only released two albums in a four year span and then suddenly disappeared into the ethers of the underground only to let a whole slew of imitators (think of bands like Periphery) to fill the newly created vacuum. In 2015 the band dropped a little teaser of an EP called "Opacities" which showed that they were still in top form and ready to jump back into the mosh pit and fight it out with the newbies on the block. Finally in 2017 we see the long waited third release THE FUTURE IN WHOSE EYES? which emerges a full eleven years after the last full length album "Death Of A Dead Day."

One of the main reasons for the band's initial demise in 2007 was the fact that the duo vocal team of Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill had left the band to pursue other musical endeavors and since a great deal of SIKTH's signature sound is utterly dependent on this one-two vocal punch, the band called it quits lest they sound like any old metalcore band with progressive leanings out there. The band rekindled their connections when Goodman returned but Hill had apparently jumped ship for good, so in with the new blood and Joe Rosser makes his debut as the second vocalist. The album also has been released in two formats. There's the original release with 12 tracks and the Earbrook Edition that has two bonus discs, one of re-imagined tracks and another of the entire album in all instrumental form. Whaaaat?!!!! Now who wants to hear an instrumental album of SIKTH? The vocals are half the fun! I've forsaken this bonus pack and stuck with the originally intended program.

As the album begins with "Vivid," it sounds like SIKTH never went away as the combination of Goodman's socially conscious lyrically prose bursts out in schizophrenic screams with the combo effect of Dan Weller and Graham Pinney's duo guitar onslaught of blistering core based guitar riffing. The rhythm section of James Leach on bass and Dan Foord hammering out precision percussion is fully aflame as well. SIKTH is back and means business. "Century Of The Narcissist?" only continues to ramp up the frenzy and sounds very much like SIKTH's comfort zone as heard on previous albums only incorporates a nice mix of both screamed and clean vocals with a rather alternative metal type of riffing approach. "The Aura" displays a new style for a full album SIKTH album although was present on the EP "Opacities" as baritone poetry is read introducing yet another blistering metal assault to the senses. At this point it's clear that SIKTH has mellowed out a bit as they have incorporated a lot more slower passages that mix and mingle with the bombastic as [%*!#] trademark maniacal madness that they are known for.

"The Ship Has Sailed" is yet another short poetic prose with dark ambient musical accompaniment that ushers in yet another progressive metal / metalcore frantic mashup. By the time we get to "Cracks Of Light" it is apparent that the spoken poetic prose mixed with the clean progressive metal style is here to stay as the hardcore elements are deemphasized and only appear in certain proportions in the mix. While these developments were laid out on the EP "Opacities," it is now quite apparent that the band has been working on fusing these elements into their new style which takes the balls-to-the-wall aggressiveness all the time and allows the music to expand into a more diverse arena. Depending on your reaction, you could possibly deem this as an attribute of "selling out" or simply "maturing." Perhaps it's a bit of both considering three singles have been released from this one, however bands need to move on and find a new relevant way to express themselves and metalcore is not exactly the easiest of metal genres to expand one's tentacles into new arenas. SIKTH prove on THE FUTURE IN WHOSE EYES? that they can still stand ground with the best of the newer metal bands out there.

True that this one doesn't have the same whoah factor that the first two albums did and it took me a few more spins to appreciate but once it sinks in, the results are stunning in how they have mixed and melded hitherto unthinkable aspects into their musical mania. In addition to the newer elements already mentioned, there is a very mature approach to the production standards which is quite professionally and pleasantly executed. After a skeptical start with this album, i think it has grown on me to the point i'm actually glad that SIKTH have returned. With the more dynamic effects of pacing the aggressive elements that intermittently commingle with more ambient and more subdued alternative metal approaches, SIKTH have found yet another avenue of musical delivery which is very different than their earlier albums where it was 100% adrenaline firing at full speed with more subdued respites later on. Here they maintain a flow of different energy levels that ultimately works quite well. While this album does tend to lack some kind of major high that blows me away, i can't fault it in any way as well. It seems that it was only my unrealistic expectations that kept me from initially warming up to it. After accepting it for what it is, i'm quite enamored by the maturity of composition and musical performances.

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