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London based Sikth was formed in 2000 and by March 2001 had a stable lineup in the form of Justin Hill and Mikee Goodman who are the two vocalists, Dan Weller and Graham Pinney (Pin) the guitarists, James Leach the bassist and Dan Foord the drummer and percussionist. In 2001 they got a breakthrough, having received an offer by BBC Radio 1 to do a live session, making them one of a handful of unsigned bands to do so. They established their own label to release their first EP "Let the Transmitting Begin" in 2002, which also featured the songs from the live session they recorded for BBC Radio 1. In May 2002 they signed a recording deal with Gut Records and released through them their second EP "How May I Help You?". This EP was accompanied by a video for the song "If You Weren't So Perfect" and an animated video for the title track. After touring in support of their material so far, they entered the studio to record and produce their debut album "The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild" which was released in August 2003, in early 2004 in Japan and later on in Australia (in the latter two, they have garnered a strong following, in addition to the one at home). They supported the album with shows in the UK and Japan (supporting Anthrax and Killswitch Engage in a festival there). In December 2004, the band decided to leave Gut Records, only to sign, shortly after, a new deal with the American label Bielerbros Records. In 2005, they entered studio in Miami (where their label is based) to record and produce their second album "Death Of A Dead Day", released in 2006. Another tour followed this release and they performed in the USA as well. Another EP was released that year, called "Flogging The Horses". On May 2007, the two vocalists, Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill, announced that they will be leaving the band in July 2007 to pursue their own careers as musicians and producers.
Their music is not a common type of progressive metal; it's complex, technical, hardcore, and contains influences from different styles of metal and rock. The two vocalists also add to their uniqueness. The band's releases and video have received much acclaim and praises throughout their short career and their success is growing with each release.

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4.22 | 41 ratings
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4.21 | 50 ratings

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Sikth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Metalcore-based Djentamaniacs Sikth offer a convincing sophomore album with Death of a Dead Day. Sadly, it's my understanding that they disbanded after this, which is a shame because on the strength of this they could have been the UK's answer to Animals As Leaders had they stuck it out. The basic features of metalcore are still present, so if you're allergic to breakdowns and angsty screaming you may find this one a hard sell, but most fans of experimental and progressive metal with any sympathy for the Djent sound will find that Sikth's impressive technical mastery will win them over sooner or later.

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 The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild by SIKTH album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.22 | 41 ratings

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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild' - Sikth (7/10)

There is alot to be said about Sikth, a band from the UK that is now defunct. Although they fit into a particular sound of music that I have rarely been attracted to, I've been lately infatuated with their incredibly chaotic sound and adventurous musicianship. Although their second album would perfect their work, the verbosely titled debut brings a distinctive melange of styles to the table. 'The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild' is quite a mouthful, and way do well to describe the feeling the music gets across. Sporting some of the best musicianship modern progressive metal has seen in the new millennium, Sikth balance off their jackhammer instrumentation with incredibly quirky left-of-centre compsoitions, and creates an aggressive piece of math metal that often flirts with the avant- garde.

I will say first that Sikth's music is not for everyone. In fact, most people will find the incredibly dense and diverse style that they play to be virtually impenetrable.Sikth's first fit into a label will likely be 'mathcore', sharing the same out of control style and screamed vocals that The Dillinger Escape Plan and Protest The Hero use. This is a style that I have historically found inconsistent at best, and distasteful at worst, but I've been proven here that there is gold in every mound. Of the two albums that Sikth put out when they were still together, this is the more mathcore-based, and less melodic of the two pieces. However, the sense of sporadic shifts and diversity is here in full. 'The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild' introduces the band's style in all its glory. There is intensely technical musicianship that rivals many of prog metal's most inventive acts. The most challenging aspect of this band however, are their vocals. With two vocalists, it's granted that there will be some more diversity to the voices here than is usual for band, but the vocal element goes all across the board. From nutty shrieks and high-pitched screams to clean singing, growls and avant-garde spoken word poetry, it's as if Sikth hired the local asylum for the criminally insane's house choir, told them to patch together some lyrics, and deliver them in whatever way they see fit. It's strange, and the pieces do not always fit together, but it keeps things wildly interesting.

'The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild' is a very ambitious effort, but some ideas are taken far beyond where they should have stopped. 'Tupelo' and 'Can't We All Dream?' are a perfect example of this, taking an altogether sixteen minute respite from the chaos to build up a couple of odd vocal ideas. Although 'Tupelo' succeeds in conveying an eerie tribal feeling, the following track ends up becoming irritating long before the end. Hearing the track title shouted countless times after the music ends would have been a disappointing end to the album, but to make it worse, it's lodged in the middle of it. Through this, 'The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild' has a fairly weak sense of flow to it, and even feels like it should have ended much earlier than it does. 'Death Of A Dead Day' is superior in virtually every way, but as debuts go, SIkth gives a remarkable experience here. It's a shame that we will only ever hear two albums from them, because there is not a band that has a sound just like theirs.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'Death Of A Dead Day' - Sikth (9/10)

Let's make it clear; "mathcore" is most definitely not my thing. Sure, a band can be talented as all hell, but if it comes off sounding needlessly chaotic and adolescent, I tune out pretty quickly. Of course, there are bands that manage to justify the sense of chaos with exciting ideas and intelligent songwriting. Sikth are a progressive metal band that shares the same scene as acts like Protest The Hero, and even Between The Buried And Me. What sets them apart however, is their devotion to pushing the envelope as much as they can. Bordering on avant-garde absurdity, Sikth's second and final album 'Death Of A Dead Day' may be a slight move towards consolidating their sound, but it is as mad and sporadic as just about anything you will find in metal today.

When I first heard of Sikth a year or two back, I did not think much of them. I thought them to be part of the scene that sought to encroach hardcore upon progressive metal, and regardless of their playing abilities, that sound has never been for me. I'm glad I decided to check these guys out again though; while aspects of 'Death Of A Dead Day' don't align perfectly with my tastes, I cannot help but be impressed by what they are doing here. In terms of comparisons, Sikth are somewhat similar to Protest The Hero, although Sikth are quite a bit more challenging and 'out there'. System Of A Down also comes to mind. The vocals here are chaotic and diverse, much like avant-metal champions UneXpect. In truth, the sound of this band goes everywhere, and in itself, that creates a firm impression. Although none of these songs are ones that will be getting stuck in a casual listener's head anytime soon, I don't hear many modern progressive metal bands who are able to keep their music consistently exciting and even downright fun to listen to.

Instrumentally, this band is wild. The compositions they write are highly demanding, and the band pulls it off remarkably. The vocals, while conveying some of the adolescent screams that turned me off from the band to begin with, are about as technical as the instruments, fitting odd lyrics around complex time signatures. Sikth will not appeal to a large demographic of people, even among metalheads. Even after several listens, it's difficult to find a rosetta stone to 'crack' this album, although that constant sense of being 'out there' is part of the appeal. Even when concentrating heavily on the music, 'Death Of A Dead Day' comes across as being extremely chaotic and quirky, but it's pulled off in such a way that that it becomes incredibly fun to listen to, in the same sense of a roller coaster. Sikth don't take themselves too seriously, but their music is executed with precision and leaves me feeling wowed.

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 Death Of A Dead Day by SIKTH album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Review by arcane-beautiful

5 stars After a mezermising debut, how do you match it. By making it more tolerable.

This album is a lot more meldoic than their debut and is more easy listening (it still is incredbily crazy though).

This album is also alot more structured and alot more catchier as well.

I do favour this album, very slightly to their debut because it reminds me more of what Protest The Hero are doing now.

I'm also sad to say that after this album, they sadly broke up, which is a complete shame because they were one of the best bands from the 00's.

1. Bland Street Bloom - What a 7 string groove. After listening to this album, I did detune my guitar down to A# and learnt how to play the intro. What an amazing song, great chours, amazing over dubs with vocals and some amazing instrumental work, what more can you want.

2. Flogging The Horse - A crazy song about animal sex. How crazy can you get. Great song with an amazing ending. The video for this song is also quite cool, because I never saw what these guys look like live.

3. Way Beyond The Fond Old River - Amazing chorus and an amazing pre chorus. Just overall a fantastic song.

4. Summer Rain - The craziest song on the album. The middle section would put Meshuggah to shame, wittering around hitting the lowest note they possibly can. Polyrthyms at their best in this song.

5. In This Light - It's almost like a ballad, but it's very eerie. Great song, with a great chorus.

6. Sanguine Seas Of Bigotry - One of the best songs on the album in my opinion. Mikee & Justin show some spectaculaire vocals. Amazing chorus.

7. Mermaid Slur - More poetry. In my opinion it doesent match up to When Will The Forest Speak...? Mainly because it's length isn't as long.

8. When The Moments Gone? -Great chorus. Very crazy but just enough to tolerate.

9. Part Of The Friction - Fantastic lyrics. Some great vocals and instrumental work.

10. Where Do We Fall? - The most melodic song on the album. Very Funeral For A Friend. Great chorus and some fantasitc melodies.

11. Another Sinking Ship - Amazing song with some amazing instrumental work.

12. As The Earth Spins Round - A great way to end the album. Amazing fade out section at the end.

CONCLUSION: Buy both of their albums. Fantastic pieces of music.

SiKtH (RIP)

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 The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild by SIKTH album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.22 | 41 ratings

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Review by arcane-beautiful

5 stars This is up among the list of albums that changed my life forever.

Picture this, a young 10 year old child, listening to quite average rock and alternative bands (mainly American, the Trout Mask Replica of nationallity concerning music). As I watch MTV2 (now called MTV Rock I think) at about 11 o'clock at night, a vibrant cartoon music video comes on, being only 10, it intrigued me a wee bit. The music that accompanied the video was some of the weirdest and most influential noises I have ever heard). The song was called How May I Help You?. I was intrigued.

Then a few months later, I hear another song and video from the band, one for the song Scent Of The Obscene. The video wasn't as attractive, but the song was so amazing and monumental, they had made a nice place for them in my heart.

I didnt buy the album until a while later, but yes, this album is a monument among metal.

Sikth were able to take math metal, which was quite a disjuncted genre, and form with it post metal, post hardcore, avant garde metal and progressive metal, making one of the most interesting and most successful fusions in what I see as music history.

The instrumental work is also incredibly smart and very frantic.

1. Scent Of The Obscene - When that slap bass line comes in, prepare for an amazine ride. Mixing amazing frantic sections with the almost ambient breakdown and topping off with a soaring chorus, this has to be one of the greatest songs ever made. The lyrics are amazing as well.

2. Pussyfoot - The intro of this song always makes me laugh. Great lyrics and the vocals are amazing. Incredbily frantic.

3. Hold My Finger - The lyrics of this song always makes me laugh. Thought they couldn't get anymore frantic, you were wrong.

4. Skies Of Millenium Night - Great lyrics and an hode to Bill Hicks. Very nice. The instrumental work in this song is amazing and the instrumental section just prooves how much of an amazing band these guys were.

5. Emerson, Pt. 1 - A beautifull piano instrumental. This is very sad and at times is a wee bit eerie.

6. Peepshow - One of the best songs on the album. Amazing lyrics, amazing voals from Justin and an beautifull soaring chorus. The vocal harmonies also are flawless. The video for this song is quite weird, but amazing.

7. Wait For Something Wild - Anoter incredibly frantic song with amazing voals. Crazy and werid as always. The ending is quite funny, showing Mikee's amazing voice work.

8. Tupelo - A Nick Cave cover. Yes, this isnt out of place. I haven't heard Nicks version, but if it's as good as this, then I will be happy. Mikee's vocals really are specatcular, with some amazing vocal techniques that he could only pull off. I love the eerie atmopshere that surrounds the song.

9. Can't We All Dream - Very noisy but quite beautifull in a morose sense.Some amazing vocals and I love the discourse between drums and bass.

10. Emerson, Pt. 2 - The continuation of this very beautiful piano interlude.

11. How May I Help You? - This is just...words can't describe it. If you haven't heard this song, then you badly need to. Very comical and incredibly enjoyable. Again, Mikee shows off some amazing vocal styles and voices. The story of the song is also very funny. The video can also be used as added stimulus.

12. (If You Weren't So) Perfect - Great song with a great chorus. Some amazing voals and lyrics.

13. Such The Fool - One crazy song. It's just so frantic.

14. When Will The Forest Speek...? - An amazing spoken word poem. Again, amazing voices from Mikee. I also can quote this word for word.

CONCLUSION: This changed my life, and hopefully it will change yours.

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Review by Lezaza

4 stars For some reason the masses on progarchives still haven't gotten their eyes and ears on this fantastic band. A disbanded band now, sadly.

Yet this does not by any means lessen the importance these records have had, and will have on guitar playing and progressive metal for future generations. Just listening around on myspace on bands of the similar genre you keep stumbling on that blackmachine sound and SikTh at the top of influences. SikTh's impact on modern music is huge!

Now, the album. DoaDD follows the genius The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild, an album which completely changed the way I listen to music. DoaDD is not as good as it predecessor, it is actually a far way from it. Where the Tree's-album shone most was the balance in songs, the arrangements of kick and breaks were brilliant, keeping you interested all through out the album. With DoaDD SikTh are taking their music to a new level in terms of instrumentalism but are losing their footing with what made the previous album the best of its genre; the entirety.

DoaDD starts off with what I consider the four greatest songs ever written in the genre, taking such a huge leap in the progressiveness of their music that it left me breathless on the first listen. The time signatures of Way Beyond the Fond River are just mind numbingly complex. But after those songs it begins to gait, slowly turning away from the their usual frantic, high paced songs into more mellow and "standard" ones.

By the end of DoaDD I'm no longer as in love with SikTh as I was hearing Tree's for the first time, and perhaps it was a good thing they disbanded in the end.

Conclusively, what can be said about this album is that it is the pinnacle of SikTh's career in terms of production, arrangement and technicality. It has some of the most earth shattering songs you'll find in the genre and the two single most interesting vocalists around. It's a fantastic record that I'd recommend to anyone interested in technical music of any form.

4/5

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Review by Treasure

5 stars Now I can see why this band would not be very loved on the archives. I know a few metal heads that can't handle this music. But I must say, I looked past the throaty guttural vocals, (which grew on me) and saw the absolutely beautifully orchestrated music behind it. These guys are like the Da Vinci Code of prog metal. I've never heard a band this structured in all my years of listening. At time they can be like Dream Theater and others they're like Jungle Warfare. It's astounding.

Now this record, is very very VERY heavy. Their first one had some nice breaks and slow sections, but this one is practically void of any. So if you are reading this review and are thinking of venturing into prog metal, do not start with SikTh. They will make you rip your ears out. I've grown to be very fond of the dueling vocalists. It adds the feeling as if the band is telling a story every time you hear a word. I'm not going to bother going any farther into this review and just skip to the songs. As I know, most of you have your opinions and I won't change them.

Since the record has twelve tracks, I'll be as brief as possible. Bland Street Bloom starts out with a haunting vocal line, which to this day, still gives me the shakes when I hear it. It's truly frightening. Then it gets a little crazy. With the piles of time changes and speed drumming, there's no way to describe this song other than, AWESOME. Flogging the Horses is a non stop vocal thrill ride. There's no other way I can further describe this song. As the Earth Spins Round, is just epic. Starts off with some interesting bell sounds, then with some poly rhythmic fills. Then, BASS TAPPING. The ending almost makes me want to cry, because it's the final SikTh track to ever be released.

To be honest, I don't think my review of this band is very accurate, only because I get a flood of ideas and emotions when I listen to their music. Transcribing it to text isn't an easy task, let alone with the fact that their music is near impossible to describe in the first place. All I can say is, if you like prog metal and you don't mind vocals that are obscure and goofy at times, go out now to Itunes and buy this. It's worth it.

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Review by Moatilliatta
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3 stars Sikth has created quite a unique sound on their debut, The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild, characterized by technical metal riffing, slap bass, melodic breaks, and bizarre screamed/spoken vocals. The best I can do to describe it is the halfway point between Unexpect and System of a Down with a heavy emphasis on technical riffs and structures. As interesting and fresh as this is, it's hard to tell how much of this music the band takes seriously, really. Likewise, it's hard to tell how much of this we're supposed to take seriously. While they're busting out some admirable riffs and beats, the vocals almost sound like a parody of Limp Bizkit at their most nutty. The clean vocals are more legitimate, but they do resemble the clean vocalist of some nu-metal band (the names escape me). Now, we could frown on this apparent influence of nu-metal and constant use of silly vocals, or we can give them a high five for showing us how it's done and how to have fun while doing so. I want to high five them, but I think at this point they haven't quite earned it. There are so many delicious moments on the disc, like the closing minutes of Skies of the Millenium Night, but the screamed vocals, while they can certainly be fun and even be used tastefully for effect, are used way too much on some songs. Shortly after you were enticed by the frantic but opener, Scent of the Obscene, you'll start getting annoyed and tired of the music. They need to find a way to properly channel their humor, like System of a Down does. Also, some of the more experimental tracks, like the back-to- back Tupelo and Can't We All Dream don't quite work out. They are rather dull, though it's clear that the intentions were in the right area and ideas were close. Much like those are the piano interludes that make up the two parts of Emerson. Good ideas, much needed breaks, but hardly interesting. The album closes with a strictly vocal narration with some color commentary. Again, it hardly holds interest, but man, this stuff can really be something!

These guys have so much potential. They amalgamate so many sounds and styles, there's no telling what heights they can reach! With just a little more focus on the big picture, these guys can create a wild, theatrical, enthralling and wholly entertaining & memorable album that can take the craziness of avant-garde metal bands like Unexpect and present it in a more appealing package to those who haven't quite been able to get into such music, or haven't heard any of it. They could have done so much, it's a shame that they played it safe, far too safe, on their follow up, which, even more of a shame, was their last record.

The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild is a mixed bag in more than one sense. Fans of creative music that aren't put off by humor or nutty, screamy vocals should check this out. There is enough goodness throughout to make it worth your while, but be aware that the novelty may wear off quickly.

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Sikth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Lezaza

5 stars Once in a while something happens that goes beyond all that has previously been tried, something that is so unique and original that it leaves its rivals in a cloud of smoke. Excuse me for being a bit dramatic, but to truly convey exactly how much I love this album I feel that grand words are appropriate.

I'll stay clear of describing the songs, because it would take up the better of a few pages for me to describe what it is that makes each song on this album brilliant, also much of the pleasure in listening to SikTh comes from each listen of the album when you find something new and exciting that makes you want to come back for more.

What can be said is this... This is, in my own humble oppionion, the greatest progressive metal/mathcore record to this date ever recorded. I sincerly think that you should listen to this record no matter what kind of music you are into, because SikTh is about the unexpected, breaking the patterns of what is considered right and wrong in music and making something exhilerating and beautiful out of it.

No matter what you feel about the genre, I recommend you let this record spin atleast once at home, afterwards you can throw it away if you feel like it(somehow I don't think you will) but either way you'll still have heard something truly unique.

A masterpiece in every sense.

5/5

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 Death Of A Dead Day by SIKTH album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.21 | 50 ratings

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Death Of A Dead Day
Sikth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Lillkwist

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 its 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.

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